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Altec 436C tubes
Old 5th February 2009
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Altec 436C tubes

just got an Altec 436C, but one of the tubes it was shipped with got smashed during transit. i figured i might as well swap out or get some backup tubes, so was wondering if anybody can recommend good tubes for the Altec 436C.

from reading around here, most users keep it glued to the bass or vocals... so for those purposes in mind, what are some tubes/versions/brands to go for? RCA, Tung-sol, etc.

FWIW, it uses:


i'm not opposed to spending more to get good quality; although i'll also won't go crazy and spend $500 on one tube either.
Old 5th February 2009
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HandCrafted Lab's Avatar
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Try dig Ebay for example, for investigaition.

It is hard to say what is better for your case definitely, but i think it would be reasonable for trying several variants from more cheap to more expensive. You can surprized btw, when more cheap variant of tubes set will sound better than expensive, he-he.
6AL5 is diode, i.e side chain, so it CAN NOT be higher more than 5$ per tube, I have bought recently Philips very cool military selection for ~2.0$,

SLEEVE OF 5 NEW IN BOX JAN 5726 / 6AL5 HAM RADIO TUBES - eBay (item 250366910399 end time Feb-08-09 19:45:00 PST)

another tubes - from 2-3$ per ballon from RCA and similar and higher brands to 8-9$ per tube, I have bought sleve of RCA 5 tubes for 30$ 6BC8. Sound is very good.

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