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TAD tubes 6v6? Jan phil? Mullard?

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by ebb soul, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. ebb soul

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    Anyone try the tube amp doctor tubes, looking for power tube reccomendation for a deluxe type curcuit.
    Not happy with the JJs.
    I like tight bottom end, but some grit.
     
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    I think @moosie uses them in a DR. He can comment intelligently. Calling @moosie ...!
     
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    Tweed Deluxe or Deluxe Reverb? The latter is rather harsh on tubes, and only a few types will do well in there at the high voltages.

    I haven't tried specifically the 6V6 from TAD, but their preamp tubes and 6L6 tubes have been very good to me so far. EHX also makes a good sounding 6V6 with a nice bluesy crunch, less bratty than a JJ.
     
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    Hi @clintj - Have you used the EHX 6V6's in a Deluxe Reverb? I'm curious about new-production 6V6's, too (other than JJ's, which I've used).
     
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    Actually, EHX is one of the few modern 6V6 that will handle DR voltages (they're rated to 500V) and they sound more like what a 6V6 should sound like than the JJ 6V6S. It's not an apples to apples comparison, but I really like the set in my 5E3 right now.
     
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    Actually ordered some KenRad mil spec blackplates, suppozedly better than RCA blackplates.
    Price to good to pass up.
    My circuit is decicedly blackface.
     
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    So I hear modern tubes handle modern plate voltages, and they suc. Whats a boy to do?
    Modern, as in what? 1962?
    Could one not just bias the amp less hot?
    The vintage ones are highly reguarded, and use, and I doubt many here have pre 1960 amps...
    I read til the end of the internet last night, and consumer reveiws had JJs the most rugged over EH, and TADs possbly #1, but with less reviews.
    EH seem to have more bloom in these comparisons.
    The JJs sound like 6L6s to me.
     
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    I thought Moosie was the big iron guy.
     
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    Yes, he's got Twins and Supers, but he also has a 1977 (I think) SF DR.
     
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    I use TAD 6v6's in my DRRI.. I like them alot. Not harsh at all.. closest new production tubes to NOS in my opinion.
     
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    Good to know, I was a bit concerned with marketing hype on that one, being so much is mearly rebranding.
     
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    Problem with Jan Phil 6v6 tubes is they don’t like to be run over spec. They develope mechanical rattling. I read a review saying that and, low and behold, my 2 week old NOS set I bought from tube Depot for my ‘76 Princeton Reverb, developed a rattle in one. It was running the usually 430+ vdc on the plates before I knocked it down with a 5v4 rect. I switched back to Sylvanias and used the good one in my 5f1. Muchxs builds them with a much more reasonable b+.
     
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    Not a fan of the TAD 6V6, or the JJ for that matter. The TAD's don't have the definition of a good 6V6. They seem to be warmer but the sacrifice is clarity. The JJ's sound more like a 7591A to me. I've had good luck with the Tung Sol's in my Deluxe Reverb. The Ken Rad's are real nice. They have nice note definition and a sweet compression when pushed.
     
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    I have the Tad 6V6's in two of me 5E3 I like then.
     
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    Have used the TAD and EH. I really like the Tung Sol reissues, I would rate them right up there with grey-plate RCAs for tone. Nothing wrong with the TAD, I didn't like the EH.
     
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    TAD is not a brand, they are a rebrander.

    The brown base 6V6 on their site is Chinese, the other with the black glass is NOS Soviet.
     
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    Sounds lkke you guys have spent alot of time experimenting with tubes.
    S' why I love this place.
    I've collected amps, guitars,..
    I think I now have tube gas, (lol)

    The KenRads were the cost of ,reissue tungsols, how could I refuse.?
    Appearantly, they are the sleepers of the tube world, cos I could buy about 30 of 'em for my supplier, if I so chose.
    $59 for a pair burned in, matched, and shipped.
     
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    Maybe the warmth is why I like them in my DRRI.. I will try the Tung Sol's next.
     
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