Fendermain, hey put down that computer and riff, the telle is waiting! Lol.
Leroof No tele time yet..cleaned and lubed 022 switches. Now it's time for some EL 84 fun. Fendermain
EL84 fun - now we’re talking! I’m an accumulator of tubes (Dynakit/Dynaco MK IV amps, my son has a Fender Blues Jr amp) - he’s using different EL84s he’s been gifted (Mullard, GE, RCA, Tungsram) and a nice RCA 7025 for the preamp section.
As for postwar my AMT/KMT collection and Lionel trains are tucked away in tubs - I’ll dig some out to put under one of our Christmas trees.
MTN Time to open the tubs and have at it. Nice that your son has the Blues Jr.--they are very popular. I have often thought about the Dynacos and their brethren but don't know enough to take the plunge. Haven't found any vintage EL 84s for my amps powered as such but have had good luck with Brimar, Hytron and RCA for 6v6 amps. Fendermain
I have NOS EL84s from Amperex/Philips versions from Holland, Canada, France and a few I’ve probably forgotten, Mullard, Brimar, RCA, GE, Sylvania, Tung-Sol, Westinghouse, Matsush*ta, Telam, Siemens, and EI stockpiled (lots still out there, the hunt never ends). My sons amp can get flavored in a number of different ways.
Dynaco amps are great because you get any parts you need for them - Sunn used the MK-III 60 watt mono amp in their early amps. I have a Maxi digital tester for power tubes and a B&K 747B for preamp tubes and can handle repair work on the Dyna amps - there’s a good Dyna forum that has several folks who are good at diagnosing problems.
As for trains, I’m a pretty good Lionel and Flyer repairman - been awhile since I’ve done any O gauge repairs. I pull postwar out for a Christmas floor layout - I try running trains my dad bought back in the 50s and 60s.