It is a long page, use your scroll button and scroll down the page to see it all. These are extremely high demand vintage tubes, so I have these listed on their own page, as my stock changes rapidly. If you need a quantity of these tubes, or have specific needs such as matching, special construction, etc. Stock levels with actual quantity on hand shown are being phased out as we update inventory.
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Return to the Home page. The 6V6 is a family of octal based beam power pentodes which were widely used in mono and stereo amplifiers, musical instrument amps, and in the audio outputs of television, motion picture and public address equipment. They were very popular in the USA during the period of as they were inexpensive to make, and packed a pretty good audio punch in a small octal based package. It is important to note that the bases of various brands may have all 8 pins in the octal base, or a lesser number of pins in other brands, or even in the same brand but a different production year.
This is normal. Pin one is ground on the metal 6V6 tube, but is not connected to anything on the other 6V6 types. Pin 6 is also not connected internally and may be missing from the base totally, Again, this is normal. We offer singles and electrically matched pairs of these tubes, with the matched pairs being required in guitar amps or hi-fi amps using more than one 6V6. Our matching is done at full power output and maximum ratings on a Textronix curve tracer, which yields more accurate results than tube testers or other matching devices other dealers use.
Most of the action today with vintage 6V6 tubes centers around the smaller glass GT package. This is the type most often found in electric guitar amps, and the current desire for the "tube sound" has caused demand for these tubes to skyrocket.
Unfortunately, the modern made Russian and Chinese versions of the 6V6 often cannot handle the high plate voltages some of these amps use, and they self destruct in a bright laser light show.
Only the USA made vintage 6V6 tubes will do. ALL of my vintage 6V6 tubes have the full octal base, with the black bakelite going up one inch on the sides. These are NOT the later s "coin" or "wafer" base which are considered inferior by many.The JJ 6V6 can even be used in place of a 6L6 in some amplifiers.
Overall this tube has a warm and balanced tone with incredible separation and response. The highs come in clean and smooth with a lot of clarity. The mids are full and distinctive. The lows are fat and punchy. These tubes can cover a spectrum of sounds and styles all within the same amplifier. I have nothing to compare them to at the moment but I can tell you the amp came with Grove tubes and it never turned it on until I replaced those with the Apex matching burned in JJ 6V6S valves.
I love the way the amp sounds even though I need to Bias it soon to help the new valves really do what they are meant to. Thank all at Antique electronic supplies for all your help! If you need anything this company is the place for it. Thank you for prompt shipment last week. It is now performing great with this pair of JJ 6V6S. One of the 6V6S has a slight blue glow, but I am reading on internet that this is considered normal for these tubes.
This is my first time to try JJ brand. I hope they will last many years. I've used JJ tubes for many years in other amps and they always work good and last long. Replaced the screen grid resistors with new ones that were also matched in resistance measured and hand selected. Fixed bias is now perfect and amp sounds wonderful.
AES always provides good JJ tubes for the right price. I have bought many of them over the years.Dave Hunter is a writer and musician who has worked in both the U. Guitars Bass Amps Pedals Players. Click here to read part one: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Preamp Tubes In the last issue I discussed preamp tubesalong with a basic primer on how and why tubes do what they do.
Output tubes can be recognized as the biggest, or at least tallest, tubes in the back of your amp, although a tube rectifier if your amp has one can also be mistaken for one of several output tube types. Many, many types of output tubes were used in the glory days of thermionic devices, when they appeared not only in guitar amplifiers, but in radios, stereos, TVs, and many other applications. Today, only about half a dozen varieties of output tubes are regularly used by contemporary amp manufacturers, and just four of these are seen in any great numbers.
Other than EL84s, which are the same diameter as preamp tubes although taller and use the same 9-pin socket, all of the most common output tube types use large 8-pin octal sockets.
While they might appear interchangeable in terms of socket size, however, most have different circuit, voltage, and bias requirements, so they cannot simply be substituted one for the other in most amps. For the most part, though, a maker will design an amp with a very specific tube type in mind, and will work very specifically to the performance and sonic characteristics of that tube.
Note: photos courtesy of thetubestore. A pair of these will generate around forty to fifty watts in an efficient Class AB amp; a quartet with two pairs working in teams on each side of the phase-inverted signal can put out up to one hundred watts. Smaller American-made amps of the nineteen-fifties, sixties and seventies most often carried 6V6 tubes, which are known for their juicy, well-rounded tone and smooth, rich distortion, which occasionally exhibits an element of grittiness that is not necessarily unappealing.
They produce about half the output of their big brother, the 6L6, and are therefore more easily driven into distortion. The 6V6 was used in many Fender designs—the Champ, Princeton, and Deluxe lines among them— some great vintage Gibson amps like the GA Les Paul Amp of the nineteen-fifties and early sixties, and countless others. From the late eighties to late nineties no reliable current-manufacture 6V6s were available, so few manufactures designed new amps around this tube.
This is the course of events that led to the virtually unthinkable release of smaller Fender amps that used EL84s, such as the Blues Junior the early-sixties Tremolux, which briefly carried EL84s, being something of an anomaly.
The release of a rugged and reliable 6V6 first from Electro-Harmonix, then from other contemporary makers, has led to a renewed popularity for this tube, and it proliferates again in the twenty-watt-and-under range. Previous 1 2 Next. More videos from Premier Guitar.
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Smashes Hum Dead! Get our email newsletter! Rig Rundowns Most Recent. Rig Rundown: Division of Laura Lee. Rig Rundown: Unearth's Ken Susi.The 6V6 is a beam-power tetrode vacuum tube. The lower-powered 6V6 was better suited for average home use, and became common in the audio output stages of "farmhouse" table-top radioswhere power pentodes such as the 6F6 had previously been used. The 6V6 required less heater power and produced less distortion than the 6F6, while yielding higher output in both single-ended and push-pull configurations.
Although the 6V6 was originally designed especially for use in automobile radios,  the clip-in Loctal base 7C5 from earlyor the lower heater current 12V6GTboth with the identical characteristics to the 6V6, but with the smaller T-9 glass envelope, soon became the tubes of choice for many automotive radios manufacturers. Additionally, the 6V6 had applications in portable battery-operated radios.
Tube manufacturers were keen to promote the superiority of the metal tube construction that was introduced on April 1,and large quantities of the 6V6 tube were produced in the following decade, many as military supply JAN tubes, and the price of the metal and glass versions were held to closely the same retail price level for the first few years of their production.
Bywe find that the price of the metal version is almost twice that of the GT version, and this proportional difference in price seems to have remained constant, right through to the end of the s. The metal NOS 6V6 tube, once costing almost twice the price of its now highly valued glass enveloped counterparts, is now considered to be fairly common, and is usually the cheapest NOS tube available, with many current production tubes costing more than its 60 to 80 year older classic predecessor.
In the final years of U. Now, eighty years after its introduction, and still retaining its original characteristics, the 6V6 has one of the longest active lifetimes of any electronic component, having never been out of production in all this long period of time. Although historically widely used in all manner of electronic goods, many of which are still in service, it is in guitar amplifiers where its use has become archetypal.
Not only are there very many existing amplifiers in regular use that rely on the 6V6, with contemporary reproductions of the more iconic models still being made, modern designers are still keen to develop new creations that rely on its use.
Generally speaking, 6V6 tubes are sturdy and can be operated beyond their published specifications the Soviet made 6P6S,  and early Chinese 6V6 versions were not as permissive of exceeding design limits, although current production has improved.
Because of this, the 6V6 soon proved itself to be suitable for use in consumer-market musical instrument amplifiersparticularly combo-style guitar amps such as the Gibson GA, and the Fender Amplifiers ; ChampPrincetonand Deluxesome of which drive their 6V6s well in excess of the datasheet specified maximum rating.
This ongoing demand encourages ChineseSlovakian and Russian tube factories not only to keep the 6V6 in production to this day, but to further develop the supply. The metal envelope of 6V6 is connected to pin 1 of the base, and was normally used as a ground. Pin 1 of the other members of the 6V6 family of tubes are usually not internally connected, although some may have the gray RF shield connected.
Radio Valve Co. Bendix and GE known manufacturers. Made by JJ Electronic. American military services contracted tubes from many sources through the U. War Department. OTK tested. Higher Voltage ratings. Open, split-plate design. These tubes have very similar characteristics to the 6V6, but differ either in the heater rating, or use a different socket and pin-out. Raytheon — RMA Equivalent to the Likewise, the inverse adapter is also available. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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This list is biased by the tubes that I have encountered during the repair of the many tube amps that have come to my repair shop. At the bottom of this page you'll find some links to other tube datasheet sites in case you can't find what you're looking for here. Click this button to get the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You can use Acrobat for viewing and printing PDF files. The nuvistor was developed by RCA and it was first introduced in A nuvistor is a miniature vacuum tube in a thimble sized metal case.
The first nuvistor to be produced by RCA was the Neumann used the 13CW4 triode nuvistor in the famous U47 and U48 mics for a while when the Telefunken VF14 pentode wasn't available anymore.
Only pieces of each were built.
Do check out his gigantic site with loads and loads of Philips and other brands datasheets, it certainly is worth a visit! Most of the Telefunken datasheets are placed here thanks to and with permission of Thorsten Kliefoth. Check out his site with some old Telefunken and Valvo datasheets. Most of the and RCA datasheets are placed here thanks to and with permission of Peter Millet.
Home Dr. Tube Dr. Home Library Tube Datasheets. Tube Datasheets Here you'll find a modest collection of datasheets for some popular tubes. Tektronix used nuvistors in the front-end of their oscilloscopes in the 's.
RU nuvistors list. Schmidt's nuvistor page in german. Valve Techie's nuvistor page. Practical Television magazine article, dec Virtual Valve Museum nuvistor page. The National Valve Museum nuvistor page. Frank Philipse A giant collection of Philips and other brands datasheets. WPS Lots of datasheets and tube manuals.
Pete Millet Peter Millett's online tube data. Svetlana The Svetlana PM components site. Western Electric The Western Electric tube datasheets. MachMat Some online datasheets by Mattijs de Vries.Dear Members. This information can be quite useful for my friends of the radio.6V6 Hifi Tube Amp Build - pt. 2 - Schematic Explanation
The tube 6M6 can also be substituted directly by the tube EL Best Regards. They have the same base, connections and heater volts but differ considerably. THe heater current of the EL33 is 0. More seriously the biasing requirements are different and could cause dangerous excess anode currents. Replacing an EL33 with a 6V6 without changing grid bias would not be a good idea!
Whilst it may "work" to exchange these tubes it should not be done without circuit changes. Within its maximum ratings, 6AQ5 is equivalent to 6V6, however it is not a direct replacement. You must change the tube socket since the 6AQ5 uses 7 pin miniature and also check that maximum ratings are not exceeded.
A cool thing about 6AQ5 and 6V6 is that they have same filament ratings.
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Seen that the original author doesn't seem to care, nobody else has the authorization level to edit and correct the title from 6V6 to 6M6?
Or to delete it altogether? Dear Marco Thank you for your post. I wanted to check how long it takes until somebody does the apropriate action. This should not be me!
Nothing happens if everybody wonders It is very easy for a member to write directly to the author by clicking below the post the link I did it now the following way: "Dear Julio When you begin a new thread please put in the automatic answer to get informed about answers and then check them. Here the whole "crowd" is waiting that you correct your wrong postings - there are two threads.Fragt sich, ob das mehr Klarheit oder mehr Verwirrung stiftet?
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