Genalex KT88 Gold Lion

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Genalex Gold Lion KT88

The new version of the KT88 Gold Lion is often tested as the best of all newly offered KT88 versions.

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Tube type KT88
Manufacturer/Brand Genalex
Production New
Tube kind Powertube
Construction Beaming Tetrode
Pin Layout Octal 8 pins
Country of Manufacture Russia

Genalex Gold Lion KT88
In 1957 Marconi-Osram introduced Valve Co. (GENALEX) the "King of Tubes", the legendary Gold Lion KT88. These tubes became the soul of classics like the Dynaco Mark III, the McIntosh MC275 and the Marshall Major. Unfortunately, the production of this tube was stopped in the 1980s. Since then, the Gold Lion has become very difficult to obtain and has become very expensive. After thorough research, this tyrant has been recreated down to the smallest detail. The result is the very best KT88 of the current production.

Genalex / Marconi Osram Valves
The Marconi Osram Valve Company Ltd. was founded by General Electric Company (Osram) and the Marconi Company in 1919 to join forces to meet the increased demand for electron tubes. In 1937, Marconi Osram introduced the KT66 Beam Tetrode. KT stands for Kinkless Tetrode which refers to suppression of the characteristic unwanted bend that you see at the bottom of the Anode Voltage / Current curve at a Tetrode tube. Because Philips / Mullard solved this phenomenon by adding an extra grid to the supressor grid to counteract the secondary emission of the Anode. This is how the Penthode patented by Philips was born. Because of this patent, the competition had to find a different solution and this resulted in the 'Beam Tetrode' in which the electron flow directed (beam) from the cathode to the anode was bent by the use of so-called beam forming plates in the tube, which caused the secondary emission of the anode was greatly reduced. The first 'Beam Tetrode' power tube was the American 6L6 of RCA made under license from Marconi Osram because the latter thought that this type of tube was not suitable for mass production which was a costly mistake now that the 6L6 is one of the most successful tubes and can still be found in many guitar amps.