November 10, 2010 at 2:48 am #5194AndyKeymaster
I have loved the KT66. Has anyone tried other tubes?November 17, 2010 at 11:11 pm #5206
The Valve Art KT-66 I tried was more harsh than the 6L6s I’ve tried.
I spoke to Bob Pletka at Eurotubes about it (he has always given me good advice), he said the Valve Art offering is not a good representation of what a KT-66 should sound like, so I guess I’ll have to try another.
I tried the JJ E34L, JJ 6L6 (and various others) and a JJ 6V6. My fav is a good 6L6 so far. I’m using NOS 12AX7s and 5Y3 (Sylvania) tubes, the NOS rectifier makes a big difference over a modern version of a 5Y3.January 4, 2011 at 2:54 am #5249
I’ve used Tungsol 6L6 and Tungsol 6v6
I like the 6L6 better. The 6v6 sounds more clean to me, but honestly I didn’t use it very long. I mostly keep it as a back up.January 4, 2011 at 8:38 am #5251
I think this must be THE BEST tube for itJanuary 4, 2011 at 9:57 pm #5252
yeah, let us know when you get itJanuary 6, 2011 at 3:43 am #5259KierParticipant
Anybody tried a 6K6GT yet? It’s the only one I’ve got to try out so far…January 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm #5287
I read through the 2Stroke parts list posted in the TAN WIKI. It specs the rectifier tube as a modern Sovtek 5Y3. The Sovtek 5Y3 delivers an output voltage similar to a solid state rectifier, producing a loud signal with punchy mids, tight bottom end and not much sag. A NOS 5Y3, like a Sylvania for example, gives a 35-45 volt reduction in rectifier output, resulting in a browner, greasier tone with more sag, more in the classic tweed era style. The 2nd 2Stroke I built includes a selectable rectifier (tube and SS) and it is easy to evaluate the tonal differences while measuring the voltages of different rectifier tubes compared to the SS circuit. BTW, the SS rectifier works great in the 2Stroke, I would not say it’s better or worse than the 5Y3 tube version, but it does offer a different tonal option. Also, it’s cheap (4 diodes cost: 25 cents) and very easy to build.February 18, 2011 at 2:22 am #5340MojoMonsterParticipantQuote:The 2nd 2Stroke I built includes a selectable rectifier (tube and SS)…
Hey Robin, I’d be interested to know you you wired this up.
I got the Weber kit that included their copper tube SS rectifier, though I mostly use a 5Y3.
It would be pretty cool to have the ability to switch between SS and 5Y3 rectifiers.
MMFebruary 18, 2011 at 4:21 am #5342
I’ve post a schematic of the solid state circuit and switch in my “2Stroke” photo album. As I mentioned in the first post, a modern 5Y3 will not have much voltage drop from the SS circuit (probably what you notice between your Weber Copper cap and the Sovtek tube) but a NOS 5y3 will have a much larger drop and give you a larger tonal difference.
The circuit is really simple to build, in fact you could build it right on the back of the rectifier tube socket, using the unused lugs as terminals for the diodes. I used 4 1N4007 diodes.March 16, 2011 at 11:48 am #5383DeepBlueParticipant
So I was trying my hand at some various tubes…although there are a few I really would love to try, KT66 etc.
However when I tried the EL34 my amp when nuts starting making the weirds sounds, I turned it off immediately. I have checked the impedance and it was correct. Any idea what could be wrong? Bad tube? It was brand new.
Also just curious if the KT88 shares a pin layout with the 6L6 will it work in the 2stroke as well? How do you know if tubes are compatible or not?March 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm #5384
Maybe the tube is bad, I’ve used EL-34, E34L, KT66 with no problems.
I think a KT77 might work as too but I’ve not tried it. I’ve found the 6L6s that I’ve tried in 2Strokes to be the most pleasing (to me), there are many great tubes to be had and I’ve only tried a few.March 17, 2011 at 12:51 am #5385
I’ve only tried 6L6 and 6V6 so far. I usually keep my amp with a 6L6 and save the 6V6 for backup.April 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm #5399sthebluesmanParticipant
Has anyone tried a 5881? That is my favorite tube for my tweed amps.April 4, 2011 at 8:28 pm #5400KierParticipant
I’m running mine with a Tung-Sol reissue 5881 – I love it!
I can’t compare to any other tubes (due to not having any), but it’s awesome – get oneApril 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm #5401sthebluesmanParticipant
Andy, any particular brand of new KT66 or NOS.
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