Best copies of RCA black plate 6L6GC?

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  1. alexwilds

    alexwilds Tele-Meister

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    I am fixing to buy new tubes, upgrade from sovtek 5881's. With money to burn I would like a matched set of 1950's RCA black plate 6L6GC.....dream on....

    Who makes a good copy? They need not look like RCA black plates, just sound that way, all creamy smooth and sweet. I do not need volume, nor distortion beyond what comes naturally in a black face Fender (in this case Paul Rivera Concert) at mid volume.
     
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    I've had a couple of quads and pairs of TAD 6L6WGC STR and never had a problem, they handle 550vDC plate and 30w dissipation. They sound great in the applications I've used them.
     
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    Sylvania gray's sneak under the radar .. they are great.
    SED winged c..dont make but maybe on ebay
    Hit and miss with some of the newer.
    I did have a russian that was not bad..forgot which..dont have amp anymore.
    wish you luck.
     
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    I like the TAD 6L6's as well.

    TAD 6L6gc = Sylvania/Philips tall bottle clones, warmer, rounder bottom and neutral top end.

    TAD 6L6wgc str = GE fat bottle clones, clearer, crisper bottom and bit punchier in mids and treble.

    I use the WGC in a '63VVRI and they're a punch in the gut. Very tight mids, not a ton of bottom, and crisp highs.
     
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    I found 6L6G RCA blackplate black glass tubes online - $50 matched pair, as well as RCA blackplate 5U4G coke bottle for $19. Sounds like a plan to me. Thanks!
     
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