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Bilyeaux
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80 globe on the cheap
06/11/22 at 15:12:17
 
So started my tube rolling on my 6 month new UFO2.1. Rectifier first as the stock failed a month ago. Picked up several that Senior members here discussed; 5U4, 5Z3, pair of 5U4/GB  , and a gaggle of 80ís. All the 80 and pair of 5U4 are from EBay or Etsy. All came in as promised with test numbers on tubes. I have run the 5Z3, one of the 5U4, and the second of (4)80ís is playing now. It is a RCA Cunningham Radiotron and sounds fantastic! The great part is Iím experiencing these tubes at an average cost of about 16$. 5Z3 was really good but these 80ís are nice!
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #1 - 06/11/22 at 16:29:54
 
Right on! There are still bargains out there if you look. I have (much) more expensive rectifiers but right now I'm getting the best sound ever with my current tube lineup including Tung Sol Type 80 STs that I think I got for 10 bucks each lightly used.
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #2 - 06/17/22 at 15:55:33
 

CAJames had said:

CAJames wrote on 06/11/22 at 16:29:54:
]Right on! There are still bargains out there if you look. I have (much) more expensive rectifiers, but right now, I'm getting the best sound ever with my current tube lineup, including Tung-Sol Type 80 STs that I think I got for ten bucks each lightly used. [/highlight]


I must have rolled my eyes when I first read this, thinking no way. It motivated me, however, to begin a search. An eBay seller that I would have skipped over before caught my eye. I searched it out, found a Tung Sol Type 80 ST for about $15, and installed it last night in my CSP 2+ with excellent results. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #3 - 06/17/22 at 18:03:50
 
Iím glad it worked out for you Tony, but it is really all about synergy. Iíve tried those same rectifiers in several other combinations and they were nothing special. That is the joy and the sorrow of tube rolling: you never know until you try it.
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #4 - 08/13/22 at 17:10:40
 
Thanks guys,

Tung Sol Type 80 ST, best $20 I spent in a while. Well worth the money for a pair of rectifiers.

Joseph
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #5 - 08/18/22 at 13:05:01
 
Hi Joseph,
Your post made me look through my boxes of tubes and find a pair of Tung-Sol Type 80 coke bottle type and pop them in.

I've been running them in about 5 hours so far and really enjoying the sound. Quite nice rectifiers with my present tube complements in the Monblocks (Sylvania 0B3, RCA 0C2, Cryotone 6P15, RTC labeled Mullard 7308).
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #6 - 08/24/22 at 15:23:36
 
Hi Lon,

Listen to them for 5 days before I upgraded my DAC. Went back to my normal tube set up because of the change. My system is down right now. Plan on using them again once my room is done.

Was inspired to purchase them because of other posts in the Forum. Glad I did, nice to know there's good tubes available that don't break the bank.

Joseph
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #7 - 08/24/22 at 20:19:33
 
I listened to mine for a few days and went back to my Sophia Electric Aquas. . . they are the ones to beat though I do like the Tung-Sol. I am now trying a pair of Bendix 5R4 potato mashers that are really impressive. It never hurts to have too many rectifiers--especially as I have five components that use the same tube types (four in use, one in reserve).
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #8 - 08/28/22 at 16:20:17
 
Hey Lon,

How long have you owed your Sophia Electric Aquas? Just curious about the longevity. Did you opt for the year warranty?

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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #9 - 08/28/22 at 17:25:35
 
I've had them about four years. I did not opt for the one year warranty.
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Re: 80 globe on the cheap
Reply #10 - 08/28/22 at 17:49:00
 
Thanks Lon
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