Genalex N709T-EL84 Gold Lion matched pair

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Genalex Gold Lion N709 / EL84 matched pair

Our premium EL84 from Genalex.
EL84 / N709 the small powerpentode used in many guitar amps of, among others, VOX, Fender and Mesa Boogie.
Set of two.

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More Information
Tube type EL84
Manufacturer/Brand Genalex
Production New
Tube kind Powertube
Construction Beaming Tetrode
Pin Layout Noval 9 pins
Country of Manufacture Russia

Genalex Gold Lion N709 / EL84
The EL84 developed in the Philips Physics Laboratory in Eindhoven (NatLab) and introduced in 1953 in Mullard radios. The EL84 was introduced as a cost effective alternative to the EL34 especially when it was used in so-called 'Table-top' radios where driver tubes could be omitted in these designs due to the easy control of the EL84. Now the EL84 is used in old VOX, Fender, Mesa Boogie guitar amplifiers and as a new application in headphone amplifiers. The 6BQ5 is the American variant (RETMA classification). The N709 was the General Electric Company Ltd. England (GEC) version of the EL84.

Matched tubes
This set of tubes is matched. This means that the measured values of the tubes fall within the same range and thus perform equally.
This is important for two reasons:
1. To obtain the same gain factor per tube.
2. For the same amount of quiescent current per tube.
The first requirement speaks for itself and the second requirement prevents the one tube where a higher quiescent current or bias is needed to make it work in the linear region will also be worn out earlier. Both new tubes and our NOS tubes can be ordered separately.

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.