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Best tubes for my Mesa/Boogie M-190 power amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jibreel, May 17, 2011.


  1. jibreel

    jibreel

    Apr 12, 2005
    Seattle
    EDIT: choose the Winged "C" (SED) 6L6GC

    Second Edit: Winged C tubes were to dark and I sent them back. Happy with the Sovtek tubes now actually.


    Recently got this Mesa/Boogie M-190 power amp from Koobie, here on TB. It is fairly rare. The M-180 has a preamp. This is a power amp only.

    I use a Hughes and Kettner BATT tube preamp into the M-190. The BATT kills !! I have two of them.

    I want to splurge and get great tubes for the M-190.

    Currently, it has Sovtek 5881 tubes. I have heard that 6L6GC's are fuller/fatter.

    I am not sure how important the two smaller tubes are to the overall sound.

    I am thinking in the $100 - $300.00 range. Would prefer closer to the $ 150.00 range of course.

    Considering:
    JJ 6L6-GC
    TAD 6L6GC-STR
    Winged "C" (SED) 6L6GC

    Would KT88's work?

    This amp does have a bias pot.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks



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  2. seamonkey

    seamonkey

    Aug 6, 2004

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