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Old 22nd October 2017, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Replacing Original GK1 Tubes / Recommendations and Sources?

I need to replace the original (from 2003!!, with heavy use one has died) 6ES8 tubes in my GK-1. So, what tubes work well in the GK-1 (I've read the old Audio Circle tread from 2004)?

BTW, my AKSA amps (some pre-date the GK-1) are all running sweet and clean. I am still listening to Linkwitz Orions (with Don Naples' recommended mods to the Analog Signal Processor, a huge improvement BTW) driven by 4 x 100w AKSA (woofers), 2 x 55w AKSA Life Force (midrange) and 2 x 25w AKSA Life Force (tweeters... the 25w amps are 55w Life Force at lower rail voltage).

Every time I turn this rig on and listen to the music I think warmly of Hugh, Jens, stvnharr (I still use Master Set speaker placement... that's huge, THANK YOU) for all your help.

So, gentlemen, where can I find some good tubes for my GK-1?

Take care,
Pete
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Old 22nd October 2017, 10:10 PM   #2
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I need to replace the original (from 2003!!, with heavy use one has died) 6ES8 tubes in my GK-1. So, what tubes work well in the GK-1 (I've read the old Audio Circle tread from 2004)?

BTW, my AKSA amps (some pre-date the GK-1) are all running sweet and clean. I am still listening to Linkwitz Orions (with Don Naples' recommended mods to the Analog Signal Processor, a huge improvement BTW) driven by 4 x 100w AKSA (woofers), 2 x 55w AKSA Life Force (midrange) and 2 x 25w AKSA Life Force (tweeters... the 25w amps are 55w Life Force at lower rail voltage).

Every time I turn this rig on and listen to the music I think warmly of Hugh, Jens, stvnharr (I still use Master Set speaker placement... that's huge, THANK YOU) for all your help.

So, gentlemen, where can I find some good tubes for my GK-1?

Take care,
Pete
Pete,
Call Andy at the below link. Think about what you want, 6922, 7308, etc., if you want fancier tubes. Vintage Tube Services - High End Audio & Guitar Amplifier

If you just want 6ES8's you can just search on google or look at tubedepot, or even ask Hugh as he has lots.

BTW, the new Maya amps are way better than your old LF amps.

Steve
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Old 22nd October 2017, 10:14 PM   #3
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Call Andy at the below link. Think about what you want, 6922, 7308, etc., if you want fancier tubes.

If you just want 6ES8's you can just search on google or look at tubedepot, or even ask Hugh as he has lots.

Steve
Steve, if 6922s & 7308s can be used just as well as 6ES8s ... what advantages do they bring to the table?

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Old 22nd October 2017, 10:23 PM   #4
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Steve, if 6922s & 7308s can be used just as well as 6ES8s ... what advantages do they bring to the table?

Thanks,
Andy
A slightly sweeter sound.
Years ago when I got the fancy tubes I had Hugh up for a test listen between the stockers and the 7308's I'd purchased from Andy. We could tell a difference, though in honesty it was slight.
But like almost all things in audio, it's wanting the very best if you are capable of doing it
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Old 22nd October 2017, 10:31 PM   #5
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Hi Peter,

Good to hear you are still going strong

Steve is right on the money, go to Vintage Tube Services. I believe I purchased my matched set of Siemens Gold Pin 6922s there many years ago, and they are still running beautifully in my GK-2 (same output stage as the original GK-1). Very good tube, but often somewhat hard to get and quite pricey!

I believe Hugh originally supplied standard Philips 6DJ8 tubes with my GK-1, and they were not half bad at all

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Old 22nd October 2017, 10:53 PM   #6
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Steve,
"BTW, the new Maya amps are way better than your old LF amps."

... no doubt!! Hugh is a gifted and restless innovator, and I'm sure that he's made a lot of progress in the 10+ years since I finished the last amp. In my current system I would have 8 amp channels to replace, and I'm fairly sure that the my amps aren't the dominant problem in my current rig.

Maybe a thought for our cabin though... I've got a nice pair of small monitors at our cabin for close-up listening that could benefit from a killer amp... as usual, you've got me thinking... / Pete
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Old 22nd October 2017, 11:11 PM   #7
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Peter,

Very nice to see you.... your interest in audio is still strong, are you now in retirement?
The best way to ask about this is: 'Do you find yourself much busier these days?'

I am almost run out of the original 6ES8, I'd selected them on a hunch all those years ago, wanting variable mu frame grid tubes, but now I'm beginning to realise the 6DJ8, 6922 and 7308 are all VERY good in this role. The gold pin Siemens 7308 is the most expensive of them, but any RCA, Sylvania and Philips 6DJ8 are also outstanding. I believe the 6922 was released over 20 years ago - recent for tubes - and I suspect it's European, perhaps Tesla.

I find that a twitch of the base pins on these tubes is needed about every year to prevent oxidation due to the thermal cycling. In these low emission duties in the GK1 they should last at least 15 years. The 6DJ8 was used in many Tek scopes, and many of them are running well forty years later!

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Old 22nd October 2017, 11:16 PM   #8
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Back to GK-1 Tubes: Thanks for all the info. I really like the overall sound of my current tubes (before one died)... the system really does/did sound like live un-amplified music on most recordings. If I was to make any change it would be a slight move toward more resolution, but I wouldn't want to move very far from the musicality I currently enjoy.

The current tubes are marked in three rows:
7431
CV5331 (in large print)
Holland

With this info, what would you recommend? Since the GK-1 is easy on tubes, I'm OK paying more for excellent performance.

Pete
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Old 22nd October 2017, 11:25 PM   #9
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Hi Hugh,
Yes, I'm retired, and yes, I am way WAY busy. Equal mix of grandkids, and "doing science", (with a little well-chosen travel here and there), now working (on a boss-free volunteer basis) on water quality (as influenced by nutrients and weather) in small inland lakes. It's a crazy-hard problem (very dynamic, a huge number of variables) but I figure that I've probably got at least 10 yr of brains left (before they find me wandering on the road north of town)... so I'm having a great time. And how you doing?

Pete
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Old 23rd October 2017, 01:10 AM   #10
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Peter,

The CV5331 is a Brimar, British Milspec released during the cold war.
They are very, very good, based on the Mullard as I understand, and I could recommend them again IF you can find them in the States. I'm pretty sure Chelmer Valve Company in UK, but they are expensive there and likely much cheaper in the US.

I'm fine after five years since the AAA, though only firing on 7 cylinders. I run out of breath in heavy lifting. But I'm alive, I enjoy my life, can mow the lawn, and can still think OK. I'm working hard on my weight at present, but impeded by fluid retention. I am not yet taking diuretics, so there is quite a ways yet thankfully.

I have found that talking to strangers very helpful to getting back to fluent speech.

I worry about the pollution of fresh water in our planet, inevitably we will all have to dismount Earth and move to another when we have dirtied our own!

Cheers,

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