The best 6L6 since RCA
I have been using these tubes since back in the days they were called Svetlana. The theft of that name, and subsequent foisting off of lesser tubes under that banner is a sales tactic that will assure I will never buy a single tube from that importer. I was away from tube amps a while, gigging my Fractal gear, and came back to find my beloved tubes are now an endangered species. I have several quads put back, and it's sad that such an awesome product in the EL34/6L6GC world has bitten the dust. For reference, I use these in several guitar amplifiers: Mesa Road King II, Mesa Nomad, and 1964 Fender Super Reverb, Atomic 50 tube FRFR, and have used them in tube power amps such as the Mesa Stereo Simul Class 295. In each case, perhaps even more so than the Winged C EL34 (also an incredible tube) the 6L6GC opens up the sound of the amplifier in a way you have to hear to understand. The sound is balanced, complete, and complex all at the same time. Everything rings through with clarity, and there is a boldness when turned up that is hard to describe. It isn't just loud, it's immense. So sad they are no longer producing. I hope they change their mind, as the St Petersberg factory isn't closed, as far as I can tell, just isn't making these smaller tubes any longer.