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Re: The 'obligatory' forum members Introduction topic
« Reply #151 on: January 05, 2017, 10:27:57 pm »
Hi The PoorGuy, I'm still a big fan of thermionic valve/vacuum tube technology.  I'm looking at the beautiful orange glow coming from a matched pair of 6Ж1П-ЕВ (6J1P-EV) pentodes.  They come from the old Soviet Voskhod, Kaluga factory.  That factory produced some of the best high quality vacuum tubes ever.  Thankfully for us, the USSR over produced them in the millions.  Vintage old new stock is still dirt cheap to buy  ;).  I've them in a little pre-amp I rebuilt for high-res headphones.  They produce a wonderfully warm and rich sound.  Something that transistor technology just can't replicate  ;).

Awesome, I've just been playing with some guitar FX through a valve preamp while you were posting this. Can you PM me with sources for those valves please? I've got some guitar amps to sort out too...  ;D

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« Reply #152 on: January 06, 2017, 12:40:09 am »
Hi murraymint, I got these pentodes off ebay.  If these are the NOS you're looking for, just run a search for either, 6Ж1П-ЕВ or 6J1P-EV.  You'll get a gazillion results.  Always go for a matched pair.  That way you'll get pretty much the same gain on each of them.   These old Soviet valves are military grade.  They were made for the Soviet missile program, so they are super high quality and built to take some serious abuse.  Don't get the new Chinese valves, they're rubbish.  They sound tinny and horrible.  Mullard valves from the UK are also really great.  They're expensive in comparison to these Soviet ones and really no better.
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Re: The 'obligatory' forum members Introduction topic
« Reply #153 on: January 06, 2017, 12:45:24 am »

..I can't bring myself to using the made in China vacuum tubes. :-\

I can't either, they're poorly made and dreadful sounding  ;).
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« Reply #155 on: January 06, 2017, 03:44:51 pm »
Thanks Andy and The PoorGuy (and a warm belated welcome from me too) :)

These are the types of valves I'll need for two of my amps (as much as a reminder for myself as anything):
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FENDER-BLUES-JUNIOR-Amplifier-JJ-Re-Valve-Set-EL84-x2-12AX7-ECC83-x3-/231560601799?hash=item35ea1660c7:g:RMQAAOSwv0tVUlOB

Those ones are not old Russians but apparently new Slovakian ones made by an ex-employee of Tesla (the bloke not the car company...)! Have either of you tried or heard of the JJ tubes?

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Re: The 'obligatory' forum members Introduction topic
« Reply #157 on: January 06, 2017, 07:26:42 pm »
Thanks Andy and The PoorGuy (and a warm belated welcome from me too) :)

These are the types of valves I'll need for two of my amps (as much as a reminder for myself as anything):
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FENDER-BLUES-JUNIOR-Amplifier-JJ-Re-Valve-Set-EL84-x2-12AX7-ECC83-x3-/231560601799?hash=item35ea1660c7:g:RMQAAOSwv0tVUlOB

Those ones are not old Russians but apparently new Slovakian ones made by an ex-employee of Tesla (the bloke not the car company...)! Have either of you tried or heard of the JJ tubes?
I don't know these valves.  What I can advise is checking out the: www.thetubestore.com and www.musiciansfriend.com.  Run a search for both EL84 and 12AX7 / ECC83 on these sites.  The reviews from bass players, are pretty much a big thumbs up for those JJ valves  8).  The price for that matched set is great too; always a plus  ;).  It's still worth checking out the reviews for other manufacturers of these type of valves.  It all depends on the tone you're looking for  :).  If you've never used a new set of valves, don't worry about any hissing or pops you first hear.  That's just impurities on the cathodes burning off.  It'll usually stop or start to drastically die down after about 24 hours of use.  That's when you'll get to know your amp  ;).

One of my future projects is to make my own valve amp for my 3-string Cigar Box Guitar and for the one I'm in the process of building out of a Jack Daniels 150 year commemorative tin box - great fun  ;).
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« Reply #158 on: January 07, 2017, 01:06:41 pm »
Need any help emtyin that tin ? .. I'm always up for a project :)

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« Reply #159 on: January 07, 2017, 02:40:10 pm »
Need any help emtyin that tin ? .. I'm always up for a project :)

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Re: The 'obligatory' forum members Introduction topic
« Reply #160 on: January 07, 2017, 08:46:00 pm »
Need any help emtyin that tin ? .. I'm always up for a project :)

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Somehow I already know the answer.....

I'll have to check but I think there are only vapours left though :))!!
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« Reply #161 on: January 07, 2017, 08:52:46 pm »
I'll have to check but I think there are only vapours left though :))!!

Their essence will come through in the sound! ;)
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« Reply #162 on: January 08, 2017, 07:04:02 am »
Yep, as I suspected :(
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« Reply #163 on: January 08, 2017, 08:07:19 am »
The price for that matched set is great too; always a plus  ;).
I'm getting the exact same valves for £20 cheaper from www.ampvalves.co.uk as I realised I don't need them to be matched. My amps are too puny to have pairs of valves in them. Now I just need to get a 12AX7A, a higher-spec version for my audio preamp, which I've already found on eBay :D

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One of my future projects is to make my own valve amp for my 3-string Cigar Box Guitar and for the one I'm in the process of building out of a Jack Daniels 150 year commemorative tin box - great fun  ;).
That sounds like a lot of fun! I came across a cigar box amp on eBay last night, not that I'm advocating smoking here ;) I've made my own lap-steel-like contraptions in the past and I should really get around to doing more of that stuff again.


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« Reply #164 on: January 08, 2017, 09:08:14 am »
Yep, Linux definitely appears to attract a certain "type" :)

The "I want this sh** done 'properly', even (specially ?) if it means getting my hands dirty" type .. not a bad thing.
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