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Old 25th April 2007, 08:46 PM   #1
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Default Look for a beefy driver tube.

I am currently running a ECL82 as a driver tube pushing an interstage transformer. I am not that happy with its sound so am looking for a substitute.

I need a driver which will work with the following criteria;

Va 100V
Ia 40mA
Gain of about 15.
Preferably 12.6V heater.
Preferably 9pin base.
Triode or pentode


I have spotted the 6H30 which looks just the job, but the heater is a problem. Also they seem outrageously expensive. Any good sources ?

I would appreciate any other ideas.

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Old 25th April 2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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6n6p is similar to the 6n30p, but cheaper. Same problem with heater however. Unless you series connect the heaters.
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6n6p is similar to the 6n30p, but cheaper. Same problem with heater however. Unless you series connect the heaters.
6N6P is more linear than 6N30P, and in case of a stereo amp filaments may be connected in series.
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Old 25th April 2007, 09:13 PM   #4
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I was thinking of paralleling the sides of the 6H30 which would give me 20mA per side and a grid bias of about -5V - plenty of headroom. It would then let me series connect the heaters. At this operating point it should give a very long service life to.
The 6N6P looks a bit cramped at this sort of operating point.

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Shoog,

The 5687 is a possibility. You'll have to settle for IB = 37 mA.

5687 data sheet here.
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Look for a beefy driver tube.
EL84 triode strapped is another option.
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Old 25th April 2007, 09:23 PM   #7
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Running a single 5687 for both sides of a stereo pair is pushing it over it plate dissipation (just). Of course I could run the two triodes in parallel.
I have used the 5687 as a preamp tube and always had issues with hum, I really want to avoid the complexity of DC heaters.
A definite contender though and I even have some.

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EL84 triode strapped is another option.
I thought of that already. works on most levels, but would it be happy at 100V.

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