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Opinions on best EL-84

4/11/1999 9:10 PM
Ryan Lussier Opinions on best EL-84
Howdy, I'm racking my head over which tubes to buy for my Fender. I like clean headroom cause I always use fuzz or distorion pedals. I was going to go with the Sovtek EL-84M's cause they're supposed to be cleaner but have also recently heard they are kind of flat sounding. I'm not looking for expensive NOS tubes so I have kind of narrowed it down to just the regualr Sovtek EL-84 like is in there now(not bad) or the new Teslas(not too expensive). Did Matchless really ship their amps with the EL84M's? They can't be bad if they did! I was also going to go with the Sovtek 12AX7+ preamp tubes cause I heard so many good things about them but if they are higher gain I might just want to stick with the basic Sovtek 12AX7's for the clean. Sorry for the rambling, any opinions greatly appreciated. Thanks.
4/12/1999 12:20 AM

just thought I'd relay that yesterday I discovered the source of a curious "baLump" noise in my brown Deluxe that has plagued me for several weeks sounding like power supply or such turned out to be a rather new Sovtek 12ax7wxt ...
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4/12/1999 7:06 AM
I know they're a bit expensive c/w Sovtek, but I've found NOS Phillips EL84's to be outstanding for tone and reliability, which the Sovtek's weren't. The NOS Mullards are great, but it really is too much money.  
4/12/1999 12:15 PM
Dave Chun

I'll second the "balump" noise with Sovtek 12AX7WXTs, but after running them for a couple of months, the sound is gone...
4/13/1999 4:57 AM
I have posted the noise problem many times, and popping sovtek preamp tubes.I wish they would fix this. If you get the Sovtek El84s, try to get a low matching number. [Richie]
4/13/1999 11:35 AM

Does a relatively low transconductance figure, when comparing new tubes of the same manufacture, indicate a "colder" tube with more headroom, and possibly a more stable operation in amps where high level signal transients (guitar amps) are the norm?
4/13/1999 5:35 PM
Doc: It does seem this way, just what you desribed.Plus you can run them at a little higher plate voltage, and they won't red plate. [Richie]
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