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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Peegoo what tubes do you like

Tony F

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Nov 13th, 2017 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

Of the current production tubes what do you recommend for a 65 reissue Princeton Reverb? Particularly the preamp.
I'm not a fan of JJ tubes or the Mullard reissues
thanks



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Nov 13th, 2017 02:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Howdy Tony

I have short-plate Sovtek 9-pin tubes in my PRRI and they are great. I'm using 'em based on Mike Zaite's advice (and use of them in his Doc Z amps).

The 6V6 pair is NOS Phillips brand.

Tony F

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Nov 13th, 2017 02:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

thanks, can I ask where you buy them all I see are long plates
this is interesting...
Tube Amp Doctor 7025WA Antique Electronics was touting these on their page, so I bought a couple with my last order. They're supposed to be premium, selected tubes. Firm lows, nice complexity in the highs, balanced from bottom to top. This is a triple-mica tube with short plates, so it should be somewhat more rugged in a combo, less likely to go microphonic.

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Nov 13th, 2017 03:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

I got them from AES about eight years ago...dunno if they still have 'em.

TADs get good reviews.

The challenge is that most tubes these days are made in the few factories that remain, and they're branded according to the company that ordered them.

Unless you're going the NOS route, a good way to narrow down your search is to look at what the premium amp makers are currently using--and go from there. None of the small makers are willing to send out amps that are less than stellar in performance.

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Nov 13th, 2017 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've also installed a Weber Copper Cap solid-state rectifier in my PRRI. I like it because it makes the amp punchier compared to a tube, and it also helps the amp run quite a bit cooler.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Dec 5th, 2017 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo I ordered some TAD 7025's from the tube doctor as I'm looking to get as much middle out of my PRRI as i can. On paper this should be the tube. In the mean I replaced the stock groove tube (sovtek) in v1 with a Chinese Ruby 12ax7 and it sounds smoother to me. I don't understand why Chinese tubes get bashed and JJ's get praised?

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Dec 5th, 2017 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

Chinese and Russian tubes get bashed because years ago when top-quality tubes were still being made in Europe and the US, the stuff coming out of China and Russia was pretty poor quality.

But these days it is quite different.

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Dec 6th, 2017 03:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, IYO Do you think TADs would be decent replacement tubes for a Blues Jr and a Marshall DSL 40C?

Seems like most replacement kits are pushing JJs.

ScottB

USA

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Dec 8th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've had excellent results with matched sets of Electro Harmonix 6V6GT and EL34 from AES and Mojotone

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Dec 8th, 2017 04:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

TADs are excellent quality. I'm pretty sure they come with a guarantee too.

RicOkc

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Dec 17th, 2017 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a pair of Tung Sol 12ax7's in my back-up tube set for my Fender amp.

I read an article recommending using a Tung Sol 12ax7 in the V1 position for a smooth sound.


I installed the first one turned on my amp and the amp sounded like a gigantic grounding problem (it was so bad I was worried the I might have damaged my speaker). so I tried the second one I had, same problem.

Took the tubes back to the shop where I bought them and got two EH 12ax7's.

Haven't tried the EH ones yet. Any comments on them?

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Dec 17th, 2017 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is weird that two new tubes did that.

Peegoo
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Dec 17th, 2017 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sounds strange indeed. Did you try it with the little aluminum tube shield installed?

Bubbalou

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Dec 20th, 2017 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

On my 600 Watt Genz Benz Hybrid Class D output Bass amp I like Tung Sol 12Ax7 in V1 and V2 and V3 12AX7 two different Ruby Tubes.

On a 65 Super Reverb I like JJ 6L6GC other positions a tossup maybe maybe RCA black ir silve plate. Possibly Tung Sol also

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Dec 20th, 2017 09:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

for what its' worth.....
finding the right tube(s)...can be a crap shoot..what might sound great in one amp, might just sound average in another...

it's a great way to fine tune your ears...over time you'll be amazed at how your ears will be able to notice the most subtle differences

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

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Dec 21st, 2017 02:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had read a comment on another forum that the OP said he had the same issue with a pair of Tung_Sol's.

And yes the tube shield was installed.

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Dec 21st, 2017 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

The EH tubes from the past are pretty good. Lots of players like them.

Current stuff though, it's hard to know for sure. There are just a few factories making tubes these days; you cannot go simply by brand name because specs change with the seasons...

It is weird that otherwise "good" tubes would make an amp hum badly like that.

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Dec 21st, 2017 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I always figured Peegoo's favorite tubes was "White Punks on Dope".

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Dec 21st, 2017 08:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Completion á—şackward Principle!

Cal-Woody

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Dec 21st, 2017 09:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Tung-Sol's, seems to work for a darker sounding amp and use the JJ'S for a brighter sounding amp. This has been my experience.
I've used some EHX 12AX7's with the same principle, but have had good experience with the EHX plus series in most preamp.

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