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6CA7, El34 or 5881?
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Old 18th November 2004, 09:44 AM   #1
mark_titano is offline mark_titano  Italy
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Default 6CA7, El34 or 5881?

Next saturday i will go to one of the most interesting electronic fair in the north Italy and I have the intention to buy a quartet of tubes for my next project, a push pull amp.
I need at least 10W and I think that a good solution is to choose one of these three kind of tubes: 6ca7,el34 and 5881 ( I need to consider the best combination price/performance)
What's your opinion?

Thankyou in advance, Mark
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Old 18th November 2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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Old 18th November 2004, 01:01 PM   #3
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6CA7, El34 or 5881?
It will depend on who sources these tubes and whether they're relabelled something-else. They should be cheap enough that you can buy all three and have lots of fun experimenting. The virtue is that if one fails, you've got two backups.
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Old 18th November 2004, 04:28 PM   #4
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Look for some large bottle 6CA7s for a good sounding, sturdy, higher power tube. They look cool too!
If it sounds good... it is good!
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Old 18th November 2004, 10:28 PM   #5
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Here's one you did not mention: 7591... They WERE an excellent output tube!
I've read somewhere that quality of the current production 7591's have gotten better. I've had no experience with them, the current production Sovtek's or Electro-Harmonix. Here in the US the Sovtek's run about 55 USD and 76 USD for the Electro-Harmonix for a Quartet. And if you can just get by with 10-18W, 6BQ5/EL84's are nice too. 6V6 also. I could go on and on... But if I had to choose, it would be the JJ E34L's or the EI fat bottle 6CA7's. Maybe the EH EL34's, dunno.

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Old 19th November 2004, 03:20 PM   #6
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Thankyou all...I'll look for the best-buy tomorrow morning

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