[AMRadio] Tube question

Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Thu Oct 5 17:31:50 EDT 2017

Charlie, there's a bunch of stuff on the internet for VT4C amps. No idea
who, if anyone manufactures them but it's a favorite tube for the DIY
crowd. Lower powered cousin to the 845, more or less.

Here's a youtube video of one such amp using a very early brass
based/tipped top version:


The Asians, Russians, and Chinese really go after the original tubes. If
you think 211s are pricey, check 845s sometime. I liquidated my stock of
845s and many GL-211s years back to free up some cash for other projects.
Prices were high then (845s were averaging a kilobuck, less if used, 211s
$200-$500) which no doubt helped drive the China connection.

Never used them but I can tell you that the envelope size is noticeably
smaller. Not a lot, but it is noticeable - if that matters. I'd say check
around some of the audio sites online and see what folks have to say. From
an RF-perspective as well as over-air, make/shape/size shouldn't matter.

~ Todd, KA1KAQ/4

On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 3:04 PM, CL in NC via AMRadio <
amradio at mailman.qth.net> wrote:

> OK, one of my TX's is a BC375 that uses four VT4C triodes.  Thankfully,
> they are all good, and I have a couple spares.  Today, American made NOS
> run in the hundreds of bucks each, but a place down in FLA is selling them
> new manufactured, from China I'm guessing , for $125 a pair, not too bad
> comparatively.  Here is my question.  I understand that these are highly
> sought after by audiophiles, but I have  not found any HI-FI or stereo amp
> that uses them.  Anybody have a link to where the apparent god of stereo is
> selling these amps that jack the price for some more noteworthy use, like
> in my TX?
> Charlie, W4MEC in NC
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