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Old 2nd January 2006, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default 6BQ5\EL84 line amp

with all this interest in using unusual tubes for line stages, 12B4's
6C45's and so forth I was wondering if anyone hadany thoughts on using
6BQ5 or 6V6 in triode mode. they should be able to drive most any power amp.

Idid find a line amp using an 6AQ5 in an srpp online at


but I have a bunch of 6BQ5 laying around.
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Old 2nd January 2006, 05:27 AM   #2
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Old 3rd January 2006, 01:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: 6BQ5\EL84 line amp


the EL84 makes for a great preamp tube but it needn't be SRPP.

You can use a normal anode follower configuration with a nice wirewound plate resistor (like a Mills) of around 7500 ohm (use two 15K in parallel) running at 30-35 mA to give very low distortion and an output impedance of around 1500 ohms.

Alternatively and even better still you can use a special output transformer like the Sowter 9040: http://www.sowter.co.uk/specs/9040.htm which is perfect for the job and gives you an ouput impedance well below 600 ohms.

Both options are sonically and especially musically far superior to the SRPP configuration.

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Old 3rd January 2006, 07:19 PM   #5
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Hey thanks for the encouragement michael.
what you described is very close to what I figured up.
I cosidered using some iron but For now I think Ill build it up.
on the cheap.

regards Dave
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Originally Posted by leadbelly View Post
I wonder why he uses different kathode resistors (82 and 100 Ohm) in a SRPP.
I like the idea though..
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