EL34 Valve Art Weirdness

Discussion in 'Tube Audio' started by GuyNoir, Apr 16, 2018 at 12:45 PM.

  1. GuyNoir

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    I've been rolling some EL34s through my little amp, and picked up an Apex matched pair of Valve Art. They were inexpensive, but so far out of JJ KT77. EH 6CA7 & EH EL34, they have the sweetest, smoothest midrange yet. Funny though...they aren't exactly matched - at least not physically. One is about 3/8" taller than the other. What the heck - loose quality control perhaps? Should I just use them and be happy?

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  2. Lavane

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    Maybe the taller one or the others are from an earlier production?
     
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    There is a tolerance spec. of the height of all tubes. I wouldn't worry, if it works, use it. The short glass may be correct or the tall glass may be correct. They may have run short on one or the other.
     
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  4. GuyNoir

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    I think the serial numbers are very close, but who knows.

    Sounds good to me!
     
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    possibly hand-blown glass
     
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    So it could be slightly different in each instance? They are flat tops with dimples in the middle - looks more like a 6CA7, and could be, for all I know. I don't know enough about the innards to differentiate between a tetrode and pentode.
     
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