Saturday 18 May 2013

Sold - Mullard PCL86 Vintage Valves - £3.99

On offer is a single new old stock Mullard PCL86 valve. Priced at just £5 to clear. This is what The National Valve Museum has to say about the PCL86...

This PCL86 was made in the UK by Mullard and was designed for the audio stage of a television receiver and offered a quality output.
In 1961 Mullard developed a combination of an ECC83 triode and an EL84 output pentode in a single envelope and this was the ECL86. The PCL86 was the series heater chain version of that work.
The separate triode section would provide the first audio amplification, and the output pentode would drive the loudspeaker. The PCL86 as a single ended audio amplifier would have a cathode resistor of 125 Ohms and an anode load of 5,100 Ohms and under these conditions would produce an output power of 4.1 Watts at a distortion of 10%.
The thin glass tube envelope is 20 mm in diameter and, excluding the B9A base pins, is 70 mm tall.
Vintage Valves - Mullard PCL86
Vintage Valves - Mullard PCL86

So why go for old tubes?

Old tubes were made so well that they last much longer than current production tubes. Preamp tubes have been known to last around 30 years, or around 20,000 hours. That's practically a lifetime for a tube amp.

In most cases, vintage tubes sound better than their modern counterparts. The quality in manufacture of these tubes has a large effect on the sound, particularly in preamp valves. You really have to try some vintage tubes instead of modern production ones to experience just how better they sound, they make your amp come to life. The more gain your amp uses the less noticeable this effect may be, as in some high gain amps, transistors or diodes are used to get more gain instead of tubes, so the tubes will be less important.

Get them while you can - since these tubes are obviously no longer being made, once they're gone they're gone - and prices are always going up.
Priced at just £3.99 to clear, it is perfect for vintage valve guitar amplifiers and radio restoration. If you have any questions, just ask.

Delivery within the UK is £3.99, I can send to Europe and Worldwide too; but please ask for a quote first, as rates vary greatly between countries and are prone to rapid price fluctuations. Items will be sent in a foam padded box to ensure safe delivery intact.


03/01/16 - Now Sold Out


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