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5881 needed

10/21/2005 2:13 PM
Ed 5881 needed
I need a pair of 5881 for a 5e5-A I'm building and I can't find any.Would you let me know any reliable source where to get a matched pair?  
Thanks all.
10/21/2005 3:05 PM
Cathode Follower  
Just a few options...Mike is very respected in the NOS area.  
I personally wouldn't have any problem with the ANOS Tung Sol's...even IF they were mismatched (brand-wise)...remember, they're TUNG's the TONE that counts!  
10/21/2005 11:26 PM

Wow, $200?  
Ed, you do realize I hope that 5881 is just an industrial numbered 6L6. Unless you have some extremely nuanced tonal need, any 6L6 will work just fine.  
There are several current models with the 5881 label anyway. New Sensor presnts them both in their SOvtek line and also in their reissue Tung Sol line. There is also at least one Chinese version. These ar available at AES
10/22/2005 7:39 AM
TD Madden

The "new" Tung Sol 5881 kicks ass. I use 'em in a '68 Bandmaster, 5E3-alike, and a SFVR.  
Contact NBS Electronics in Denver....he's got 'em.
10/22/2005 2:49 PM
I just ordered a set from NBS too. I haven't gotten them yet. But I have heard the same thing (they sound great). And, unlike the sovtek variety, these are supposed to be a real 5881 design.  
10/22/2005 9:52 AM

Some people swear by the Sovtek "5881", I personally don't like them in guitar amps. The original Tung-sols sound much better to me.  
The Sovtek "5881" isn't really a 5881, nor is it in the 6L6 family. It is a Russian 6Π3C-EV, which is a military tube used as a servo in MiG aircraft. It just happens to be close enough to be used in 6L6 circuits, although the Sovtek "5881" produces less power in Fender circuits.  
10/24/2005 9:41 PM

You are right, I just didn't know what Ed knew, and didn't want him thinking it was more critical than it was.

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