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Tube retainers.

3/23/2006 6:50 PM
Kevin Tube retainers.
Do you guys use tube retainers in your 5E3's? Are they completely necessary and what is the best type for 6V6's? I tried to use some 6L6 ones by shortening the springs,but what a nightmare trying to reattach the springs to the clips.  
3/24/2006 8:27 AM
Nope...skipped 'em altogether myself, the ceramic sockets I have seem to hold very securely these tubes...of course if they do ever loosen up [I can't see how they'd] than I might regret not having installed them.
3/24/2006 9:14 AM

i used to not use them, but now that i basically store the amp in the trunk of my car, it's become necessary. I use 6L6 tubes and the over-the-top retainers.  
I prefer the fender claw type, however, as there's less chance of any rattle problems and they work with every type of tube equally well.
3/25/2006 5:08 PM
Thanks guys.
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