Author Topic: El34 quad needed  (Read 641 times)

Offline Craigis

El34 quad needed
« on: September 09, 2018, 08:01:49 PM »
Looking for 4 x el34's for my amp, if anyone has anything decent available.

Offline Nidri

Re: El34 quad needed
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2018, 07:40:02 AM »
Assuming you're not happy with the Tung Sols mentioned elsewhere?*

If you don't come right with a local source,
and setting aside the mega-expensive NOS options,
perhaps consider some Svetlana/Winged C's.

(I am currently using 6L6GC Winged C's in my SET amp and I'm very happy with them.)

These are from the turn of the century, made in the old Svetlana factory in St. Petersburg, which closed down in 2012:

https://www.watfordvalves.com/product_detail.asp?id=1481
https://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-1999-2000-Winged-C-SED-EL34-Matched-QUAD-Ultimate-Tone-6CA7-OEM-EL-34-/183059582127?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c10#viTabs_0

http://www.sedtubes.com/sed_el34.html
http://tubeaudio.com.au/content/tube_data/wc/EL34.pdf

New Sensor are also still making (current production) valves under the Svetlana brand name (I believe at the old Reflektor plant in Saratov).
These are much cheaper.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-4x-Svetlana-EL34-Matched-Quad-Quartet-Four-Power-Tubes-Free-Ship/131027349941?epid=19012050935&hash=item1e81d6b1b5:g:e6AAAOSwuTxV8ceI
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Plate-Current-Matched-Quad-4-Svetlana-EL34-Winged-C-Reissue-Vacuum-Tubes-/153008386066?hash=item23a002b012

Some say the older ones are better, but the new issue valves are specced by Kondo for their $30,000 Overture amplifier, so they must be 'OK'.

https://parttimeaudiophile.com/2018/05/09/review-kondo-overture-ii-integrated-amplifier-and-ge-1-phono-amplifier/
http://highfidelity.pl/@main-754&lang=en

Anyway, just thought I'd share some food for thought.


* https://www.avforums.co.za/index.php/topic,73768.msg872512.html#msg872512

Offline hope

Re: El34 quad needed
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2018, 07:46:36 AM »
Assuming you're not happy with the Tung Sols mentioned elsewhere?*

If you don't come right with a local source,
Which "local source" would that be?

Online Michon

Plate, vakuum buis versterkers en breŽband oorvormers.

Offline Nidri

Re: El34 quad needed
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2018, 11:34:42 AM »
Thanks Michon.
With 'local sources' I also meant local sellers,
i.e. private individuals who might have EL34's to sell.

Offline hope


Online Michon

Re: El34 quad needed
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2018, 05:51:40 PM »
You're welcome.

I ordered from John (tonetubes) recently. Very pleasant experience.

OP is a wanted post so shouldn't it be moved to AV Items: Wanted?

Also contact Kent Kassler (Andre Vermeulen - can also be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1637201309836565/) - I've bought valves from him the in the past.
Plate, vakuum buis versterkers en breŽband oorvormers.

Offline El Sid

Re: El34 quad needed
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2018, 06:11:21 PM »
I had great service - ordered in the afternoon and got them the next morning!