your favorite variety of output tubes

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  1. doctorunderhill

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    over 50 years of playing tube amps I have had amps running El84's, 6L6's, El34's and KT66's. but for my ears there is no substitute for a pair of 6V6 with a tube rectifier. just love em.

    how about you folks? what's your fave?


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    5881’s :cool:
     
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    Different tubes for different amps. There is no one overall best unless you are going to play one style with one guitar through one amp for the rest of your life. If you narrow down to 6v6s youre never going to play a great Marshall.
     
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    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yep, 6V6's for me too. Others can be cool, but 6V6's have enough oomph and smoother tone than 6L6's for my ears. From best to worst for the popular tubes for me:
    6V6
    6L6
    EL84
    EL34
     
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    I really like EL84s for lower volumes and EL34s if I can really crank things up.

    6V6s can be cool, but I find 6L6s to be too clean - but that might be more due to the general characteristics of the Super Reverb I owned and never really bonded with.
     
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    +1 exact same order for me too
     
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    I all depends how loud you play ..My 100 watt plexi marshall sounds really bright all by itself ,but with a band it cuts through Same with my 63 Bandmaster 6l6 cut through better My old deluxe is ok but I always have to boost it to make it cut just my 2 cents and 50 yrs playing.
     
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    6V6 - Preferably just one
    6p6s - See above
    6V6 - Push/pull pair
    6p14p-k
    EL84
    6n6p - See also ECC99 + 12BH7 for low powered, push/pull, dual triode goodness.
    6L6
    6p1p-EV
     
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    I owned a JCM800 50watt combo with el34s back in the mid 1980s. was a fine amp, but not what I was looking for. kept it about a year before trading it on a old twin.
     
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    JJ 6v6. They don't sound right from a vintage point of view, but they are part of what I sound like.
     
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    All the usual suspects work for e except KT88s. Too much top & bottom with KT88 but I haven’t found many amps that use them.
    Lately I run a pair of 6v6 in an 18w TMB but I love a pair or quad of el84 just as much and when louder I love el34 maybe the most.
    6L6 are great in some circuits but usually the circuits that use them are less to my liking while the power tubes themselves can be great in more mid forward gainy circuits.
    I’ve played an HPTT circuit next to a Hiwatt 100 circuit and both oozed the near same fat singing tone.
    I also have same circuit amps built with 6v6 and el84 and the sound follows the circuit more than the tubes.
     
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    none really. i love el84s, 6v6s and 6l6s. not that big of a fan of 7591s, el34s(except in my dynaco st70s) and 6550s. i do like 6aq5s tho.

    play music!
     
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    I have amps that run 6V6s, 6L6s, EL34s, and EL84s. One of my amps can run 6V6s, 6L6s, or EL34s with minimal fuss. I like each of these amps for what they are, and the output tubes are only a part of that. Based on experimenting with the amp that can run three different types, I would say that the circuit design plays a much bigger role than the output tubes do in what comes out of the speaker. There are indeed differences between the different tubes, but it's actually pretty subtle until you crank it up to crazy volume levels (which I tend to avoid these days).
     
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    One 6V6, preferably a NOS Blackplate.
     
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    EL34.
     
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    6L6s do it for me. In my limited experience, EL84s in a Blues Junior and a Laney sounded very 2 dimensional and boxy. 6V6s are good, but in a Deluxe Reverb, and to a slightly lesser degree, a PRRI, they are near the ragged edge of their output, resulting in fairly low headroom. Since my sound is 95% clean, breakup is not really what I want. 6L6s provide a bit more power, and in the case of my 1970 DR, they, combined with a solid state rectifier, provides a higher clean headroom and tonally, a tighter, more focused bottom with great clean punch.
     
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    6l6, 6v6, clean el34 dirty
    ..never did get into el84s, built a few, sold em all, people who purchased them love em.
    Just not my thing.
     
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    ... another 6V6 fan here...
     
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    6V6
    5881/6L6GB
    6CA7
    6L6GC
    EL34

    6BQ5/EL84 don't make my list, I have a dislike of skinny output tubes.
     
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    6L6 is the best all rounder for me, lots of headroom and gorgeous breakup. EL34s with p90s are incredible.
     
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