6J5 to 6C45P?

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Offline currly30

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on: May 17, 2023, 08:10:54 PM
Would I be able to use the 6J5 tubes with an adapter in place of the 6C45P?



Offline Paul Birkeland

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Reply #1 on: May 17, 2023, 08:39:08 PM
Most definitely not a good idea!

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Reply #2 on: May 17, 2023, 09:43:22 PM
Why is that? Doesn't it have the same voltage and current?
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Reply #3 on: May 18, 2023, 04:17:21 AM
Very different tube with much less gain, much less max plate dissipation  and much higher output impedance. The most feasible substitute for a 6C45pi is a WE437A. IME the 6C45pi sounds just as good as the 437A and even a bit better in some applications.

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Reply #4 on: May 18, 2023, 04:37:51 AM
You'd also be running at nearly maximum cathode current, which would also likely shorten the lifetime of a 6J5.

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Reply #5 on: May 18, 2023, 10:56:23 AM
Interesting. Thank you for the information.



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Reply #6 on: July 17, 2023, 06:00:55 AM
Hi ! Are there any upgrade tubes for the Mainline you would recomend, that would upgrade the sound ?



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Reply #7 on: July 17, 2023, 06:09:57 AM
The most feasible substitute for a 6C45pi is a WE437A. Of course this requires completely different sockets and the tubes are very expensive. IME the 6C45pi sounds just as good as the 437A and even a bit better in some applications.

IMO the energy would be better spent upgrading headphones or maybe playing with boutique capacitors.

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Reply #8 on: August 23, 2023, 10:36:27 PM
Also 6S15p, I tried it. Sounds different, a matter of taste

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