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Old 14th October 2007, 02:21 PM   #1
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Does anybody know the type of the 7 pin mini tube in the attached picture? I found 4. Maybe they are useful for audio. There is a screen with a stamped X rib between the 2 constructions in the tube.
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Old 14th October 2007, 03:16 PM   #2
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This looks almost for sure a 6AL5 dual diode (or possibly a 12AL5, the 12V version). This is sometimes used as a bias supply rectifier, but is more often used as a detector in FM tubers and TVs. Many classic tube tuners from the 1950s and 60s used these.

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Looks like a 6AL5 dual diode to me as well. Sometimes used in FM ratio detectors or discriminators. Some people have also used them as bias and very low voltage/current full wave rectifiers.
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Old 14th October 2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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may be 6al5 dedector
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Old 14th October 2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Bias rectifier...hmmm, I got some 2A3 RCA by Volterex, and I think of making a PP 2A3 in the future. Should not be bad to use fix bias 2A3s driving a 6K6 PP OP, and use the mini rectifiers for a regulated bias circuit with a 12B4 pass and a 12AX7 controller. Maybe LTP input EF86 to 2A3 I am thinking. On the other hand...maybe too low 2nd harmonic vs 3rd, 5th etc. Have you listened to an excellent 2A3 PP circuit that you can recommend?
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