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EL 34's

Post by seanseanhd » Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:39 pm

Put in some Mesa EL 34's last night and wow so much better than 6L6's anybody else share this opinion.

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Re: EL 34's

Post by 3124+ » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:13 pm

Nope, I find the 6L6GC to be superior in many ways.

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Re: EL 34's

Post by Eevil » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:56 pm

I thought the same when I swapped the el34s in. After a while I had an opportunity to test with new 6L6s and boy I was sold on those... el34s doesn't have such wide frequency range as the 6L6s have... My next tubes will be 6L6s again :)
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Re: EL 34's

Post by Shemham » Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:02 am

I found the EL34s work way better for me. They have very vocal mids and don't have the excess bandwidth of the 6L6GCs. I should highlight that I like to set my bass pot very low even with the EL34s so YMMV.

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Re: EL 34's

Post by Eevil » Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:23 am

A while ago I swapped pickups to my LP and after that I've been able to raise the bass pot from minimum :shock: the low end was overwhelming even with el34s...

the LP had JB/Jazz combination and it was too bass heavy with pole pieces topped and pickup height lowered.. new pickups are the not-so-much loved Gibson burstbucker pro set. :lol:
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Re: EL 34's

Post by Shredfred » Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:27 pm

Totally agree with EL34's I've been using them in my dual rec for 15 years. Has a great upper mid bite and cuts through really well.
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Re: EL 34's

Post by KH Guitar Freak » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:20 am

Personal preference, I still love those Winged C 6L6s in them Rectifiers 8)

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Re: EL 34's

Post by Eevil » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:33 am

KH Guitar Freak wrote:Personal preference, I still love those Winged C 6L6s in them Rectifiers 8)
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Re: EL 34's

Post by domct203 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:21 am

KH Guitar Freak wrote:Personal preference, I still love those Winged C 6L6s in them Rectifiers 8)
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Re: EL 34's

Post by bandit2013 » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:33 pm

+++++1 on the =C= 6L6GC. Sweet tube with lots of bite. Even better driving a quad of EV's.

I too have tried the EL34 (several types actually including the =c= set I use with my RA100) took too much away from the tone that I enjoyed most about the Roadster. Perhaps it depends on what Rectifier amp you used them in as you did not specify..... An alternative to keep some bottom and get the rest would be 6CA7. I was overwhelmed how they sounded in my Mark V but did not have the Roadster at that time.

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Re: EL 34's

Post by screamingdaisy » Mon Mar 27, 2017 12:26 am

I've tried EL34s and didn't like them. Killed the percussive sound that I typically go for. I used to keep a set handy since it's easy to swap back and forth on a Mesa, but I eventually stuck them in an amp I was selling so I could keep the 6L6s that were in it as spares.

I don't hear much about them anymore, but JJ E34Ls were a good compromise option. More bottom than your typical EL34.
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Re: EL 34's

Post by KH Guitar Freak » Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:34 am

bandit2013 wrote:+++++1 on the =C= 6L6GC. Sweet tube with lots of bite. Even better driving a quad of EV's.

I too have tried the EL34 (several types actually including the =c= set I use with my RA100) took too much away from the tone that I enjoyed most about the Roadster. Perhaps it depends on what Rectifier amp you used them in as you did not specify..... An alternative to keep some bottom and get the rest would be 6CA7. I was overwhelmed how they sounded in my Mark V but did not have the Roadster at that time.
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Re: EL 34's

Post by skoora » Tue May 22, 2018 8:14 pm

Just ordered some for my Tremoverb. Liked it fine with 6L’s but decided to put the ones in my MK V in the TVerb to try it out. Undeniably more articulate for riffs and more clarity in general. Still sounds big and bad like a recto does.

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Re: EL 34's

Post by talltxguy » Sat May 26, 2018 7:36 pm

When I owned a Roadster, I dug the EL34's for distorted stuff and KT-77s for cleans.
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Re: EL 34's

Post by bandit2013 » Sun May 27, 2018 7:31 am

Now that I have a quad of EH6CA7, will have to squeeze them into the Roadster and see what happens. I tried them in the RA100 combo just for kicks. I did not care for the KT77 in the Roadster but those tubes rocked quite well in the Mark V.

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