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EdipisReks
07-23-2013, 02:14 AM
a pair of 6021W in my CD player, and a Sylvania 6SN7w and a pair of black plate RCA 6AS7G in my headphone amp (everything else is solid state, between speakers and headphones).

Zwiefel
07-23-2013, 02:18 AM
None operational. I have a few from a period console radio that i swiped when i was a kid....good memories though. I bet a bunch of folks list amps though :)

EdipisReks
07-23-2013, 02:19 AM
i hope they do!

brainsausage
07-23-2013, 02:21 AM
My Philco turntable/radio cabinet circa 1955 has tubes of some sort. Not inclined to dig around back there right now. But check this out:1724217243

AFKitchenknivesguy
07-23-2013, 02:40 AM
I need pics.

EdipisReks
07-23-2013, 02:45 AM
yeah, Philco sounds rad! pics!

here is a pic of the headphone amp. http://i.imgur.com/u0jCmqw.jpg (http://imgur.com/u0jCmqw)

the cd player (http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0902/audioaerocapitolen.htm) (which is on the speaker rig) has internal tubes, so no real pics of the tubes...

brainsausage
07-23-2013, 03:00 AM
Those attachments ain't working? W T F? I thought the pic loader was sposed to work the same with iPhones? Maybe my 5 is just a jerk?

Edit: I can view them from safari on my 5...

panda
07-23-2013, 03:01 AM
i used to like both tube and ss gear, but now i'm all about pro kit, as they are very clean sounding and efficient and hell of a lot cheaper than 'hi-fi' brands.

Eric
07-23-2013, 03:20 AM
6550 in my audio research integrated, el34 in my Conrad Johnson amp, el84s in my fender guitar amp. Those are the power tubes.

ecchef
07-23-2013, 03:52 AM
What's that liquid filled one?

Chuckles
07-23-2013, 04:01 AM
Blue label?

WildBoar
07-23-2013, 08:11 AM
Sovtek 6922s in my Audible Illusions IIB preamp. Evrything else is solid state, though.

Bought this preamp used in ~1987!

knyfeknerd
07-23-2013, 08:14 AM
A Dyson!

brianh
07-23-2013, 10:11 AM
I know there's at least one other amp builder around here, these are the two I have at the moment, several other builds all sold (Hiwatt DR103 clone, plexi, 18w).

Fender Twin 5E8A clone I built:
http://kurtsequipment.com/twin5e8a/twin16.jpg

Marshall JTM45 clone I built:
http://kurtsequipment.com/jtm45/2012jtm451.jpg

Miles
07-23-2013, 12:28 PM
I've got EL84s in my Vox amps. Otherwise, nada.

eaglerock
07-23-2013, 08:22 PM
Bottlehead Crack with beyerdynamic DT 880 :)
"the picture is from google"

http://cdn.head-fi.org/0/0f/0f830cd7_6423773631_0da0f74176_z.jpeg

Crothcipt
07-24-2013, 01:17 AM
Bottlehead Crack with beyerdynamic DT 880 :)
"the picture is from google"

http://cdn.head-fi.org/0/0f/0f830cd7_6423773631_0da0f74176_z.jpeg

Damn I think that would sound awesome. But then again it's all about what the amps are.

EdipisReks
07-24-2013, 10:22 AM
What's that liquid filled one?

sideways Laphroaig.

eaglerock
07-24-2013, 04:41 PM
forgot to add my tube ^^ : it is RCA 6AS7G.

mhlee
07-24-2013, 05:12 PM
4 Mullard Type EL-34, 2 12AX7EH, 2 12UX7EH (original equipment) in my Caying A-50t integrated amp, and a pair of 12AX7 tubes (original equipment) in my Jolida Tube DAC II.

geezr
07-24-2013, 05:58 PM
None operational. I have a few from a period console radio that i swiped when i was a kid....good memories though. I bet a bunch of folks list amps though :)


6C33C-B, 6H30, 6V6GT + others
not thought of toobs until this thread :cool2:

Justin0505
07-25-2013, 12:33 AM
sideways Laphroaig.

How do you hear anything over all that peat?

EdipisReks
07-25-2013, 12:41 AM
How do you hear anything over all that peat?

It's sideways, so the peat leaks out before it hits my ear!

panda
07-25-2013, 01:42 AM
long time ago i used to have a melos sha-1 headphone amp and ran sylvania 6922 and amperex white label pq. now it's naim headline, no more tubes. i guess it's like going from carbon to stainless, haha. except the naim is very carbon-like. where as with knives i did the opposite, go from stainless to carbon. i have seen the light!

just like i used to think listening to vinyl was stupid because of the inconvenience of it all, now it's all i listen to when i want to actually sit there and enjoy an album instead of streaming internet radio (slacker) which i must admit is pretty awesome in itself for its purpose (background music).

EdipisReks
07-25-2013, 01:43 AM
long time ago i used to have a melos sha-1 headphone amp and ran sylvania 6922 and amperex white label pq. now it's naim headline, no more tubes. i guess it's like going from carbon to stainless, haha. except the naim is very carbon-like.

holy ****! I used to have a pair of Grado HP-2, and the SHA-1 was high up on the amp I wanted to try with them, since it was made for those phones. Never got it.

panda
07-25-2013, 01:45 AM
i preferred the RS-1, i have since stopped using headphones except on the rare occasion which i only have akg k-271 now. you might wonder why i have the naim headphone amp, i use it as a preamp into active studio monitors, killer setup and doesn't take up a ton of space like a full hi-fi system does.

eaglerock
07-25-2013, 09:01 AM
I want a grado too :(

Lucretia
07-25-2013, 10:21 AM
Nice work, brianh!

The biggest, most expensive tube I've ever seen was in the amplifier of a vibration test system at Lewis Research Center in Cleveland (now the Glenn Research Center). You basically had an amplifier and gigantic speaker with a metal cone--you could bolt test articles on it and shake the dickens out of them--that tube was probably the length of my forearm. BIG, BIG, tube. They had to have the tubes custom made by hand when they died, to the tune of about $15K ea.

These days it's hubby involved with tubes. The last couple weeks he's been drooling over Fender tube amps on the 'bay.

brianh
07-25-2013, 11:32 AM
Nice work, brianh!

The biggest, most expensive tube I've ever seen was in the amplifier of a vibration test system at Lewis Research Center in Cleveland (now the Glenn Research Center). You basically had an amplifier and gigantic speaker with a metal cone--you could bolt test articles on it and shake the dickens out of them--that tube was probably the length of my forearm. BIG, BIG, tube. They had to have the tubes custom made by hand when they died, to the tune of about $15K ea.

These days it's hubby involved with tubes. The last couple weeks he's been drooling over Fender tube amps on the 'bay.

Thank you! Silverface Fenders are not too $$$ these days. Or, build his own!

naimenthusiast
02-13-2014, 11:06 AM
I used to have a Quad 22/II amplifier that I inherited from my dad, the power amps use the classic KT66 tubes.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-oaMkt04Yurc/T0kg2ua8ugI/AAAAAAAAAC8/oR37ib5umEs/s1600/Quad%2BII.jpg but the maintenance was a bit daunting so I entered the 'dark side' recently and got a Naim Nait 5si (http://www.hifigear.co.uk/naim-nait-5si-integrated-amplifier.html) - not as charming but hassle free:thumbsup:

pitonboy
02-13-2014, 11:46 AM
Bel Canto amp with WW2 vintage 845s and Amperex 12AX7s
Conrad Johnson Premier 14 with Mullard 6GK5s
Conrad Johnson Premier 12 with NOS Tung-Sol 6550s

29palms
02-13-2014, 02:22 PM
In the vintage dept. RCA Black Plate, Siemens, Tesla (real ones), GE, Hytron, Mullard, Sylvania, Telefunken, Amprex, Brimar, RFT, JAN Philips, the list goes on. What can I say I like tubes.

tagheuer
02-13-2014, 02:35 PM
Wow... lots of KKF members here who love tubes.

Well, you can see my avatar on tube that I'm using currently.

Bill13
02-13-2014, 02:38 PM
McIntosh mc-24022216

Photo from audio classics.

keithsaltydog
02-23-2014, 02:36 AM
Happiness is being in your speakers sweet spot grills off,listening to favorite music in the dark,only the glow of vacuum tubes.

Namaxy
03-11-2014, 09:20 PM
Very late to the party. I went with Rogue and NOS EH KT90's. Sad thing is it's a dual use room and the mono solid states sound so good the tubes don't get a fair shake.