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Old 28th January 2013, 03:16 AM   #1
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Default Suggestion: Output tube in SET amp for midbass frequency

I want to build a SET amp for midbass frequency.

The frequency is 100Hz - 250Hz
The driver is 105dB compression bass driver.

I would like some suggestions on a good output tube.
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Old 28th January 2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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How about a 6c33 in cathode follower thru a transformer, should get good damping that way?

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Old 28th January 2013, 04:55 PM   #3
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GM70
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Old 28th January 2013, 04:56 PM   #4
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I don't need that kind of power.
I plan to use a GM-70 for the 16" woofer for below 100Hz
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Old 28th January 2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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I think 6C33 and GM-70 are too much for this application.

My compression driver is very efficient. It has 125mm diaphragm.
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Old 28th January 2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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I think 6C33 and GM-70 are too much for this application.

My compression driver is very efficient. It has 125mm diaphragm.
Then go for a 300B
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Old 28th January 2013, 05:01 PM   #7
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I plan to use 45 tubes for the top 3 drivers.
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Old 28th January 2013, 05:03 PM   #8
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Then go for a 300B
Someone also made the same suggestion.
He used 300B to drive his midbass compression driver as well.

My concern with 300B is that it is too expensive.
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Old 28th January 2013, 05:29 PM   #9
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I like the sound quality of 45, 2A3, and 300B, basically any low-mu DHT with parallel plate construction.

You can never have too much power! You don't have to use it.

I would go with 300B or 2A3 for all sections. The important thing for the midbass is the damping factor, and 300B is best at it, with 2A3 very close. In fact, modern 2A3 and 300B is the same, just different voltage filaments.

If you need a lot of tubes, it is best to go for tubes that are still in production. Some NOS tubes are cheap today, but won't be in 10 years as inventory runs dry. You'll have to rebuild your amp for new tubes, with new and expensive output transformers. In 100 years, they will still be making 300B tubes.

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Old 28th January 2013, 05:32 PM   #10
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Someone also made the same suggestion.
He used 300B to drive his midbass compression driver as well.

My concern with 300B is that it is too expensive.
You're using 45 and complaining about the price of a 300B?

Use 300B for all, or if you need much more power, use the GM70
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