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Old 04-02-2020, 01:39 PM
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I love 6L6 tubes in both my pentode inspire amps.
To me, 6L6 represents the best resolution and control of any pentode.

I have a pair of NOS ST shaped, a bit warmer than my other 6L6's. The new production Tung-Sol 6L6GC-STR is fantastic, I also have a pair of Visseaux 6L6 that are bar-none my best pentode pair I own, startlingly good resolution/air/nuance.

The trade offs for me, 6v6 run leaner, less impact, but could be better for vocals and some genres. Kt66/kt88 and above have more slam and dynamics, but lose the extreme control and resolution 6L6 family has.

Definitely a YMMV, just my personal impressions.
You are not the first to suggest the Tung-Sol 6L6GC-STR. Especially when you can get a quad tested by Jim McShane for $90!

Regarding the Visseaux 6L6 which version do you have? 6L6G, 6L6gt, or do you think it really matters?
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If you can find some Ei KT90 tubes to try in your Pentode Inspire I highly recommend them. They have all the slam, air, subtlety, and nuance you could ever want. Amazing midrange quality.

I have rolled every tube type in mine and these are the best for my setup.
Did a quick search, certainly not easy to find. eBay search has been set up, certainly sounds like it will be worth the hunt for the longterm.
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Old 04-02-2020, 01:49 PM
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Anybody try these in an Inspire amp?

I'm using 6L6GA's in my PSE w/IIPS and like them a lot. I'm running a 5Y3G rectifier with them.
Just when I print up the return label someone pops in and says yeah, work great! Which 6l6GA's are you using? Looking around seems like the JAN versions are premium price wise compared to the "regular" RCA/Sylvania versions. Wouldn't have accepted the eBay offer if I thought it was only for a pair, but main when you get beautiful NOS tubes in hand its hard to send them back.
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Old 04-02-2020, 04:23 PM
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Did a quick search, certainly not easy to find. eBay search has been set up, certainly sounds like it will be worth the hunt for the longterm.
They're not cheap, for sure. I came across a dozen NOS about a year ago for the price of a quad. Couldn't say no thinking I'd use them in my Citation II.

Sold that amp after rebuilding it and using it sparingly for a year. Popped a pair in the Inspire to see how they'd sound... awesome.
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