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Old 31st August 2005, 01:34 AM   #1
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Default Looking for ORIGINAL GE 6L6GC

Hi everyone!

I am looking for original GE 6L6GCs - seems to be a bit scarce nowadays.

I looked up the usual vendors on the internet, but the list is overwhelming, and I was warned that not all products listed as "GE 6L6GC" were in fact that - other types packed in these boxes etc.

I would like an indication from anybody that actually purchased such tubes recently and could verify that the product was in fact the original article. There are other types on the market, but I have these in my amplifier and would really like to replace some with the same brand, appearance, etc.

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Old 31st August 2005, 05:17 AM   #2
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Hi everyone!

I have these in my amplifier and would really like to replace some with the same brand, appearance, etc.


Hi there.........time from yesteryear tubes has moved on and increasingly near impossible to find originals. You might come some so-called NOS, but at fantastic prices. Faced with the same dilemma, I was forced to revamp and go to recents i.e Svetlana, and other tube vendors. The original tube envelope shape often remains with new issues but the innards and logo might be be different.
We have no choice in a slowly diminishing market but there are still lots of sources.
Not being biassed or preferential in an open market, hunt out the following websites. just a few to mention a few names. Most will export.

chelmervalve
tubeshop
tubedepot


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Old 31st August 2005, 06:32 AM   #3
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The good news is that Groove Tubes is making the GE 6L6GC here in the USA....They have the original tooling from GE as well as original plate material, ect....
I have heard them and they are pretty spot on.... I am not a GT fan and hate most new tubes, but I have to say that GT did the right thing..... For Hi-Fi applications I would use a 8 ratting tube...

http://www.groovetubes.com/product.cfm?Product_ID=1749

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Old 31st August 2005, 10:46 PM   #4
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Another good tube brand is the Electroharmonix. Their 6L6EH is very good and the prices are realistic. The sound is like earlier manufacture 6L6GC's and they are tough. You can run them in Fender Twins, what more do you want to know?

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Old 31st August 2005, 11:07 PM   #5
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Hi Johan,

I have 2 New Brimar 6L6GT these are British made and boxed.I dont know how similar these are to the GEC version but might be of some use.

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Old 1st September 2005, 12:40 AM   #6
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Sincere thanks to all thus far; am following up.

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Old 2nd September 2005, 06:14 AM   #7
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6L6GC have a matrix of dots around the 6L6GC print. Also, some may have the GE '188' code.
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Old 2nd September 2005, 08:57 AM   #8
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Another good tube brand is the Electroharmonix. Their 6L6EH is very good and the prices are realistic. The sound is like earlier manufacture 6L6GC's and they are tough. You can run them in Fender Twins, what more do you want to know?

-Chris

Nearly all of the recent manuf Russian tubes are made by one manufactuer....and others around the trade re grade/respec and rebrand...other logos on one another products. It's an old game.

I've been using recently made 5881's and 6L6's and last just as long as originals. Although I'd admit I've been staying with one manufacturer.

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Old 2nd September 2005, 08:12 PM   #9
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Hi richwalters,
It's true that only a few factories are involved, the Electroharmonix are totally different than Sovtek. They look more like some kind of 7581A. This does make them a different product to the rest of New Sensor's products.

What do you use Rich?

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Old 3rd September 2005, 11:03 AM   #10
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Hi there..........for MI, I'm using coke bottle 807's....golden oldie KenRads. ...For some amps I'm currently sampling Golden Dragon...5881's and for HiFi Svet KT88's...........the latter aren't cheap. Recently, I've been let down badly by European quality makes of clone KT88's and KT90's (kindly letting some dealers know that I shan't do business with'em anyore).......so I'm going through a patch of paying more for hopefully more reliable stuff from CCCP & Orient.

In saying that, a year or two back I ripped off the emperors clothes regarding tube quality from the Orient and nowdays quality has perked up....to some extent that some KT88's currently produced have higher anode diss ratings than originals. That's great for the thrashing in MI. Don't underestimate using large power tubes for middlish power applications....they can last longer and sound different. I would add, I treat my amps in such a rough way that tube straps for power tubes are a must.

As of always, I'm not biassed to any one user or make, but I do avoid certain brands.

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