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Old 31st July 2010, 03:23 AM   #1
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anyone ever try these? TAD EL84-STR
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Old 31st July 2010, 06:02 AM   #2
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Not me, but I did try some TAD 6L6 once and never again.

The JJ EL84 cost less, and sound great, and handle high voltages. But if you read the advertising, one would think TAD are the best...hard to know...send a pair to Tubelab, I'm sure he wouldn't mind "testing" them
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Old 1st August 2010, 04:38 PM   #3
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TAD is (obviously) a re-brand (think, "Groove Tube"). So who actually makes it? Usually these sort of tubes don't perform any better, but do cost more.
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Old 2nd August 2010, 08:29 AM   #4
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I find it useful to check out the guitar amp forums to see what their opinions are, most guitar amps push the tube voltage and power dissipation limits, so you can get an idea of robustness and a lesser idea of tone (for hifi). Vox AC30 is a popular amp using EL84, Ax84.com are into EL84, or any popular tube guitar amp forum.

BTW Moparman, how is the build going, powered up yet or still working on it? Looks great that amp of yours.

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Whoops, I checked the pictures in the picture thread, you had it running 3 weeks ago. Oh don't mind me.
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Old 3rd August 2010, 01:43 AM   #6
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up and running and I love it. Sure sounds like more than 20 watts imho. sounds good with ipod, sounds good with cd player, sounds good with phone driving it. Actually can't wait to build another.
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