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46 tube user

The '46 while triode strapped has been used by a few people as an output valve by some people - doing a Google search turns up some schematics.

Triode strapped, at 250Va and 22mA, into 6400 ohms, it will give around 1.25W. Not quite the same as a '45, but somewhat similar.


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9900778 said:
anybody has use #46 tubes??
is it better sound performance than 45 tubes??
It is worth to try??

Yes, absolutely worth a try. A couple of years ago I threw together a single channel (triode strapped) 46-based SE amp. Used a 6SL7 as a driver. I experimented with both classic grounded cathode and SRPP for the 6SL7 driver. Sounded a little different but I can't say definitely what I preferred. I also just used whatever junk PP output transformer was on the chassis I had (from Eric Barbour's idea for Single-Ended Glory for Under $100 GA 1997 Vol7 Num3). Ran the 46 at about 250 volts and 25ma.

I never built a "nice" version with two channels since I wanted to pursue a higher power design. But it definitely sounded nice even with one of my speakers which are something less than 90dB efficient. But definitely only enough power for a small room.