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Old 24th April 2008, 12:49 AM   #1
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Default What's the appeal of type 80 rectifiers?

Type 80 rectifiers have been fetching ridiculous prices lately. Aside from Yamamoto, who else uses them?

I just don't get the appeal...

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Old 24th April 2008, 01:13 AM   #2
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Most every radio from the '30s and '40s used one of 'em... and every radio collector wants a few spare ones... 'cuz a 5Y3 won't fit the socket...
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Old 24th April 2008, 01:16 AM   #3
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Given the usual light load a type 80 circuit would draw, I wonder what would happen if one just plugged in an 83...
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Old 24th April 2008, 07:08 AM   #4
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Let that Mercury Vapor 83 warm up for a bit before you turn the high voltage on, or the sparks will fly ! I use one in a 300B amp I built, and use an ancient Amperite time delay relay tube for warmup. Cool blue glow too.
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Old 24th April 2008, 08:10 AM   #5
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who else uses them
I do, in my 2A3 SET amp. For a few reasons. The look matches the 2A3s, they look cool, and the old chassis I used happened to have a 4 pin valve socket handy for the rectifier.
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