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Russian "6L6" ID

dgta

Member
2011-05-30 8:08 pm
I have a bunch of NOS Russian tubes that I'd like to use if someone can help me identify them. And possibly offer some clues as to their capabilities.

These were sold in the 80s by Radio Shack and have the white Realistic Long Life logo as well as a purple/blue ink logo that says 6L6GC and Made in USSR. Comparing side by side with an old RCA 6L6GC, the Russian tube has a taller but slightly smaller diameter bottle, the plate structure is the same height but perhaps marginally narrower. They have ordinary looking black bases (not coin). RCA 6L6GC at left, Russian tube at right.

Any ideas?
 

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dgta

Member
2011-05-30 8:08 pm
Ok, I understand. In this case Pd is not a concern, I would be operating it pretty relaxed. But I am curious about Va and Vg2. Exceeding those is usually a matter of arcing or not. If they don't, operating at higher voltages doesn't have adverse effects on life in my experience.