BASS AMP: KT88 PP (or PPP) 6SN7 CF vs CC driver

Comming from tube pre amps (bass guitar), I'm taking the plunge into tube power amps. One question that rises after reading and studying multiple schematics is the driver configuration used to drive the power pentodes, KT88 PP or PPP ultra linear in my case. I'd expect to see more CF's due to the low output impedance advantages, yet I mostly see 6SN7 in CC configuration. Can someone elaborate on the how and why for CC vs. CF? The drivers themselves will be provided with signal from a 12AX7 cathodyne with 56K plate and cathode resistors, comming from a 32dB pre amp. Any insight is very welcome.
Thanks!
 
I'm into learning about tube power amps in general, so this section seemed ok, but feel free to move if it's better placed somewhere else.

The amp I have in mind will be AB1, so you're right, no grid current.
I guess, but please correct me if I'm wrong, the CC configuration is a bonus when it comes to a bigger signal swing presented tot the power tubes, so for a given input signal, either more power is put out, or more feedback can be used while getting the same output.
 
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6SN7 haven't been popular in Guitar Amps since the 50's.

I'm not set on the 6SN7. It's just an example of a widely used low mu tube found in many (hi-fi and classic) power amps. I'm learning the basics of tube power amps at the moment, so hi-fi designs come by as well. I might go for a 12au7. The 6SN7 however has two advantages; high max plate voltage and linearity. For bass, linearity is not a bad thing in my book. Many awesome clean bass power amps out there. But whatever tube makes the cut, the common cathode vs cathode follower and understanding the (dis)advantages of both configuration was my initial reason for this thread.
 
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You use cathode followers for 2 reasons:
1) To drive the Miller Capacitance of the Output Tubes at higher frequencies - for Pentode connected output tubes the Miller capacitance is not that much of a problem and for bass guitar you don't need to go all that high in frequency anyway. With Ultralinear connection the Miller Capacitance will be a more significant issue particularly for parallel push pull.
2) To keep low grid 1 to 0V resistances such that you can push the output tubes harder for higher output power (bass amps need grunt). THis can also be don using a 6SN7 or 12AU7 (or ECC99) CC Splitter with say 22K anode load resistors.

Some fellow HiFi crowd "cork sniffer" blasphemy.
Being from the HiFi crowd, might I suggest that you use some solid state.
Use a mosfet source follower direct coupled to grid1 for each output tube (just a grid stop in between). For best results current source load the source follower but a resistor load is OK. Ring of Two Transistor Current Sources work well, a small signal high beta transistor on the bottom and a MJE340 or similar on the top for some voltage withstand. Apply individual bias for each tube to the gates of the mosfet via 1M or 2M2 resistors. AC couple from a Standard 12AX7 diff amp Phase Splitter. 10nF caps should be ample due to teh high impedance seen at the mosfet gates. Don't forgrt protection zeners from gate to source or gate stoppers of 1K.

This will allow some AB2 action and you will be impressed with powerful and how quiet this arrangement is as a result of the low drive impedance taking firm control of output tube grid1 AND shunting output tube grid current noise to ground.

Cheers,
Ian