Re: Tubes

Thought I would throw my two cents in.  I have tried various 6L6 and 5881 
tubes in my RI Bassman, although I have never tried the Tung Sol tubes.  I 
currently use Phillips 7581 instead of 6L6.  I consider it to be the best 
tone I have ever gotten out of my Bassman for harp.  Current complement is 
(all NOS) 12AY7, 12AX7, 12AX7, 5781, 5781, 5U4GB.  I am interested in trying 
the Tung Sol tubes and will keep my eye out for them.  I do use TungSol 6V6 
tubes in a Deluxe Reverb for guitar.

>From: "Bob Maglinte" <bbqbob917@xxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
>To: <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
>Subject: Re: Tubes
>Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2003 20:28:55 -0500
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   From: Grbullets2@xxxxxxx
>   To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
>   Sent: Friday, January 10, 2003 7:38 PM
>   Subject: Tubes
>   I have a question about some tubes I recently bought.I found some NOS 
>General Electric 5881 tubes which I find give me the best tone out of my 
>bassman RI.I assumed they were US made but when I took them out of the 
>boxes,they all had 5881 Canada stamped on them along with the usual GE logo 
>and writing.They are the same size as the US 5881's that I have in my amp 
>although they are a little different internally.My US made ones have a 
>black base and the Canadian ones are brown.The base on the Canadian tubes 
>has USA cast into the bottom.The US tubes have 1 getter on the side as 
>where the Canadian ones have 2 on the sides.
>           Does anyone know if GE produced tubes in Canada?They do not say 
>"made in Canada",only 5881 Canada on the tube,or is it possible that GE 
>made the tubes in the US to be sold in Canada?If they were made in 
>Canada,are they comparable to the US made tubes?I haven't had a chance to 
>try them yet but I'd like to know if any of you tube guru's out there could 
>give me a little info on Canadian tubes.I've heard alot about 
>US,Russian,and Chinese tubes but not Canadian.Any info would be greatly 
>   Hi Dave,
>   If that's what I think it is, what you have is actually made by 
>Tung-Sol, which is THE original equipment power tub on a REAL '59 Bassman. 
>Tung Sol made them under their own name, as well as for Phillips/Sylvania, 
>GE, and RCA, andn the brown base is the dead giveaway. These are THE primo 
>5881, and are BIG bucks on the vintage tube market. The closest in sound 
>quality and construction are the NOS Phillips/Sylvania 5881's.
>   GE also had some tubes made for them in Holland, and the UK (by 
>Mullard), and has made some for distribution under the names of those other 
>copmpanies such as Mullard.
>   Those Tung Sol made 5881's, IMHO, are gold in in 4-10 Bassman.
>   Sincerely,
>   Barbeque Bob Maglinte
>   Boston, MA

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