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Discussion in 'The Squawk Box' started by northernguitarguy, Jun 4, 2014.
JJ's are very robust and good sounding to me
I'll just add my voice to the chorus of people who recommend JJ's. I am running several sets of JJ EL84's, and they sound great. Thus far, reliability has not been an issue.
Also, for some reason all the local techs I talk to seem to recommend them.
I was going to tell you to stop screwing around and just spend the $13 on JJ's . Looks like you already did .
if you can find them , tungsram
This has me intrigued!
Would you say you get more clean headroom so using pedals on the clean channel can be a reality, even when getting louder?
I wonder if a Laney Lionheart can power these without strain?
Are real 7189's available?
You can find nos 7189s. RCA made one I know. With the 6p14p-ev tubes yes you'll get more clean headroom. Enough that you'll notice a difference.
And these are meant to plug into an EL84 amp with no problems? Thanks!
what are you doing wasting money on current production then? buy some NOS Tesla's at $35 a pop and have them last 5 times longer than anything currently made in China / Russia.
The preferred series 7189 aka 6p14p-ev can withstand high voltages but it will draw more current. If your amp has good iron it should handle it. I haven't heard anyone who has had a problem. What is the amp in question?
A Laney Lionheart L5t-112 5 watt (one EL84) Combo.
If it helps I used mine in a Laney CUB12 and my Avatar 18 with no problems. You can ask Laney to be sure but I think you're fine.
Thank you kindly for the education And experience!
I'll have to try one and soon!
Yeah np. At the price it's worth a try. They sound great IMO. And if cleaner headroom is what you're after then that's the tube to pick.
I'm way more impressed with ow a preamp tube sounds than most power output tubes. Most power tubes sound fine as long as they're not worn out or broken. But preamp tubes have a huge affect on the sound of an amp to me. Plus they're usually a pretty cheap way to change the sound.
Perhaps, I need to do some more experimenting.
I notice a big difference in pre and power tubes
I have tried the new Tung-Sol Reissue EL84 tubes and they are pretty good. Nice construction, great flashing, overall a good tube. At 30.00 a pair not a bad deal.
I got lucky and found an old set of the 1960s Amperex Holland EL84 tubes that have that magical tone that brings the amp to life. They were from an organ pull, and the organ was never used much at all. I have them in my 1973 2061 head,
what a fun amp now.
Each set of tubes will sound different, you just need to find the right set.
Why worry about reliability when you can just throw more tubes at the problem:
50 Reflektor EL84s on ebay
Those are radioactive, from the Chernobyl Plant. You will turn green using those.
Haha that's funny. Nice try