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Tung-Sol 5881 Matched Power Tubes Hard Quartet

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The Tung-Sol 5881 is a very reliable, general purpose power tube much like the 6V6. These tubes are available in different grades depending on how much distortion is desired. Matched set.

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The Tung-Sol 5881 is a very reliable, general purpose power tube much like the 6V6. These tubes are available in different grades depending on how much distortion is desired. Matched set.

Soft, medium, and hard style descriptions refer to break up modes of the tube for an overdriven guitar signal. Soft-rated tubes break up easier and have the least headroom, yielding a heavier, harder distortion. In comparison, hard-rated tubes are harder to break up and have the most headroom. Medium-rated tubes fall in between.

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Tung-Sol5881 Matched Power Tubes
 
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5.0

Great tubes for sure

By Chad

from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Tung-Sol 5881 Matched Power Tubes:

    I put these tubes in a Holland Gibb Droll 4x10 guitar amp. My amp is JTM voiced Bassman style amp (4 holer). The tunes sound great. Very warm and great overdriven sound. Previously, i've used Sovtek 5881WXT and JJ 5881's. I prefer these. I had considered using TAD 6L6WGC-STR as I'vehad good results with them in a Germino but went with these when I did the math. My amp is fixed at 30 milliamps so it'd be on the cool side for the TAD or other 30 watt tubes. These are rated at 23 and are perfect (23/460*.60) for my amp. I think they would soften and in your face amp and give warm mids overdriven sounds.

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    5.0

    Love the Tone!

    By Les Ismour

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about Tung-Sol 5881 Matched Power Tubes:

    I was previously using the GT6L6GE that are standard issue in my Fender 57 Twin Reissue, and they have always sounded good. But I finally got a digital mult-meter and bias probes so I could set my own bias voltage. This has allowed me to try different tubes. (You can't just put these in place of 6L6GC's without rebiasing. They could blow quickly and/or damage your amp. The 6L6GC is a 30 watt tube whereas the 5881 is 23 watts.) So I put in a pair of these 5881's , set the bias, and WOW! I am absolutely thrilled with the rich sound these tubes provide. Distortion when the amp is cranked is exactly what I was looking for. Richer midrange and less boomy than the 6L6's. I would add this: If you use pedals for your distortion and keep the volume down on your amp, bias these tubes on the hot side. If you get your distortion like me, by cranking the amp volume, bias on the cool side and crank it up. Very sweet sound.

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