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6V6 Tube Stock List



This page lists all of the 6V6 tubes I currently have in stock, including all industrial and military versions.

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These are extremely high demand vintage tubes, so I have these listed on their own page, as my stock changes rapidly. If you need a quantity of these tubes, or have specific needs such as matching, special construction, etc., please e-mail me. NOTE: Our inventory is being simplified to show that we either have adequate stock on hand ("in stock"), are out of stock ("temporarily out of stock"), or stocks change very rapidly with rare, high demand tubes ("call/e-mail"). Stock levels with actual quantity on hand shown are being phased out as we update inventory. The only exception to this will be very scarce tubes where we typically will only have a small stock on hand. Of course, any time you need a large quantity of tubes of any type, is is a good idea to email us for a stock check first.

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The 6V6 is a family of octal based beam power pentodes which were widely used in mono and stereo amplifiers, musical instrument amps, and in the audio outputs of television, motion picture and public address equipment. They were very popular in the USA during the period of 1940-1970 as they were inexpensive to make, and packed a pretty good audio punch in a small octal based package. Vintage tubes are currently available in three styles: a large ST shape (coke bottle) envelope which is the 6V6G and is the earliest type of 6V6; a smaller GT package encompassing the GT, GT/G, GTA, and GTY suffixes, and a metal jacketed envelope which is usually found on the 6V6 with no suffix in the number. It is important to note that the bases of various brands may have all 8 pins in the octal base, or a lesser number of pins in other brands, or even in the same brand but a different production year. This is normal. Pin one is ground on the metal 6V6 tube, but is not connected to anything on the other 6V6 types. Pin 6 is also not connected internally and may be missing from the base totally, Again, this is normal. We offer singles and electrically matched pairs of these tubes, with the matched pairs being required in guitar amps or hi-fi amps using more than one 6V6. Our matching is done at full power output and maximum ratings on a Textronix 576 curve tracer, which yields more accurate results than tube testers or other matching devices other dealers use.

Most of the action today with vintage 6V6 tubes centers around the smaller glass GT package. This is the type most often found in electric guitar amps, and the current desire for the "tube sound" has caused demand for these tubes to skyrocket. Unfortunately, the modern made Russian and Chinese versions of the 6V6 often cannot handle the high plate voltages some of these amps use, and they self destruct in a bright laser light show. Only the USA made vintage 6V6 tubes will do. Any of the 6V6 USA made tubes I list here should work fine in any amp calling for 6V6 or 7408 outputs. ALL of my vintage 6V6 tubes have the full octal base, with the black bakelite going up one inch on the sides. These are NOT the later 1970s "coin" or "wafer" base which are considered inferior by many. NOTE: the adhesive that bonds the bakelite base to the glass is often dry and fragile in these old tubes. NEVER pull an octal tube out of the socket by the glass, as this will often break the adhesive bond. A slightly loose base will not affect the operation, sound, or lifespan of the tube. If you accidently break a base loose, you can re-bond the base with a thin bead of gel-type super glue or marine varnish. Allow the adhesive to cure for 24 hours before using the tube. The metal jacket version of the 6V6, labelled 6V6 with no GT in the suffix, has basically undergone no changes since it's introduction in the late 1940s. It is the SAME tube inside as the GT types, is the same height, and will work perfectly in any circuit calling for a 6V6. You may want to check out the metal 6V6, as they are currently priced less than all the other types, and will still give you that great tube sound.

NOTE ON THE METAL SHELL 6V6 TYPE: Pin 1 of the 6V6 family of tubes is usually not connected in the glass tubes, although some of the greyglass types may have the pin internally connected to the grey RF shield. The metal jacket 6V6 (no suffix) has PIN 1 CONNECTED TO THE METAL SHELL. This effectively turns pin 1 into a GROUND PIN. It is important to make sure there is no voltage or active circuit connection (other than ground) on the pin 1 connection for the 6V6 tube in your amp if you plan to use a metal shell 6V6 tube. IMPORTANT NOTE: You should ALWAYS check and/or adjust your amp output tube's bias settings when replacing 6V6 or ANY power output tube!

NOTE ON MATCHING PAIRS AND QUADS: We can supply matched pairs or quads when stock is available. Usually pairs are listed on this page if available. Inquire if you need quads and we can check availability for you. Matching is within 5% of plate current draw under load, and within 5% of transconductance (Gm). This has proven to be well within tolerance of most amps over 15 years of selling these pairs. Of course, various amps will run these tubes at differing plate voltages, which may affect the match on any particular amp. Our tubes are guaranteed to match properly on your amp. However, it is expected you will adjust the bias or otherwise inspect your amps bias operation when installing these tubes. Our guarantee does not cover tube or amp damage caused by incorrect bias adjustment or amps in need of internal repair.

The differences in the GT package you will find listed below are basically these:

The 6V6G This is the original type of this tube, and dates back to the late 1930s. It is easy to spot, as it is much larger than any of the GT or metal type envelopes. It is a large ST shape (coke bottle) tube, and without looking at the label can be confused with a 6L6G. Most examples I have seen have a gray RF shielding sprayed on inside the glass, making the interior difficult to see. These are the tube of choice for authentic retubing of antique radios that used this tube, although a GT, GT/G, GTA, or metal type will replace the G type directly. Very retro looking in 6V6 powered amps, but chassis space is a consideration if you are swapping out a set of GT tubes, as these are much taller and wider.

The GT and GT/G usually have "greyglass", which is an RF shielding sprayed on inside the glass and hiding the plate from view, and is often streaked from where the spacers were inserted during manufacture. The coating ranges from pale grey in RCA to heavy black in GE and Ken-Rad. Most of these are blackplate and are the earlier type of GT. The Joint Army Navy military spec 6V6GT tubes look very similar, and will always say "JAN" on the base. Often, they will also be labelled as VT-107A. These are fine quality military spec tubes that are becoming rare. The RCA greyglass 6V6GT has become such a "fad" tube that worldwide stocks of this out-of-production beauty are vanishing at an alarming rate. I have great difficulty finding them and then they sell out as soon as I get a few. Take heart, as RCA made this tube for other manufacturers. If you see a light greyglass, blackbase with silver lettering that says GM, Delco, Crosley, Motorola, Magnavox, Admiral, Fender (just to name a few), RCA made them. These are EXACTLY the same tube as the RCA labelled 6V6GT greyglass. The RCA sound is creamy and smooth, unlike any current production tube, and is the most authentic 1950s and 1960s carrier of the "Fender Sound." Some of the earliest versions of this tube had a nickel collar around the base, Tung Sol and GE to name two brands, and these are rare and collectable today. NOTE: the adhesive that bonds the bakelite base to the glass is often dry and fragile in these old tubes. NEVER pull an octal tube out of the socket by the glass, as this will often break the adhesive bond. A slightly loose base will not affect the operation, sound, or lifespan of the tube. If you wish, you can re-bond the base with a thin bead of gel-type super glue or marine varnish.

The GTA is nearly always clearglass, and may have either a bottom or top mounted getter, grey or black plate, and is the newer version of the 6V6. The GE and GE made GTA types have controlled heater warm up also.

The GTY type will always have a brown micanol (low loss) base, but otherwise could be either clearglass or greyglass. Often, the Joint Army-Navy military spec tubes will be brownbase, but NOT ALWAYS! Some JAN tubes are blackbase, but they ALWAYS will say "JAN" on the label. JAN tubes are built a bit more rugged than their civilian counterparts, and may be a good choice for musicians who take their amps on the road. These tubes, while out of production, are still plentiful, due to the heavy demand for the RCA 6V6GT. The GTY is actually a better tube, and smart 6V6 buyers will stock up on a few now, as these are bound to be tomorrow's "fad" tube.

7408 This is the industrial version of the 6V6. As far as I have seen, only glass versions were made, but it is possible there are some metal jacket types out there, but their appearant rarity leaves them out of consideration here. I have seen both clearglass and greyglass versions. They should perform on par with the military spec types, and are absolutely interchangeable with any 6V6 type. They were never plentiful, and today are rather hard to find. If you are replacing a 7408 and I am out of stock, any of the military spec tubes will work nicely as a substitute.

5992This is a military/industrial version of the 6V6GT, is probably the best sounding 6V6 tube you will ever get your hands on, and is rather rare. I have only seen versions labelled Bendix, but GE lists it in their Characteristics book so they must have made some as well, or relabeled the Bendix military surplus tubes. The US Air Force was supplied these as spares from the Sperry Gyroscope Co, and they have the 5992 number taken off, and the Sperry part number on the base. These are real Bendix tubes, as Bendix Red Bank was the ONLY manufacturer of this incredible tube. These have rugged brown micanol bases, heavy glass, a short boxy black plate structure, three mica spacers and dual top mounted D getters. The brown bases can vary in color from beige down to rich mahogany and sometimes have varying shading on the same base. This is probably the ultimate holy grail tube to have in the 6V6 world, but their scarcity today keeps them in a fairly obscure corner of that world. Clients tell me these blow away even the NOS RCA blackplate greyglass tubes! They are indeed awesome, and will never be made again. All of these tubes glow blue inside and have slightly longer warm-up time than the 6V6GT, this is normal. They are plug and play compatible with any 6V6 type tube, with normal bias checks and/or adjustments as you would do whenever replacing any power tubes. Also, all of these tubes have various colors to the base, ranging from light tan to dark brown, and often mottled. This is also normal! These are worth seeking out as they are built like a tank and may outlast both you and your amp!

ALL of these vintage tubes will outperform any of the modern made junk, and the demand has grown to the point where I feel many will benefit from this detailed 6V6 list on my site. Please e-mail me if you have any questions.


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5992 Industrial / military grade 6V6GT, Bendix MATCHED PAIR

New Old Stock in ORIGINAL military box, Hickok and Tektronix 576 curve tracer tested, VERY RARE. A FEW ARE BACK IN STOCK! Rugged military tubes from the Bendix Avaition Corporation, Bendix Red Bank labs, heavy glass, tan bases, triple mica, short boxlike blackplate, dual top D getters. This is a 6V6GT in army boots, yet it is a plug-and-play replacement for any 6V6 tube. An awesome sounding tube in both guitar amps and hi-fi systems! The rarest and the best, may outlast you and your amp! You think RCA greyglass tubes sound good, wait 'till you hear these babies. These are 1956 dated US Air Force parts supplied by the Sperry Gyroscope Co. and they have Sperry labels but are Bendix Red Bank manufactured. Matched to within one or two percent Gm and plate current! SINGLE TUBES ARE $175.00 EACH. Note: it is normal for these tubes to usually glow blue inside, and the base color ranges widely from light tan to dark brown, also normal!

$399.00 per pair

in stock

5992 Industrial / military grade 6V6GT, Bendix, cosmetic blemish MATCHED PAIR

New Old Stock whitebox, RARE. Rugged military tubes from the Bendix Avaition Corporation, heavy glass, tan bases, triple mica, short boxlike blackplate, dual top D getters. These are the same rare tubes as the perfect examples above, but this batch was stored upside down in an open jobbox. Many have discolored bases, some labels are not good, some may be military equipment pulls, but all test as NOS. I've been told I'm giving away these rare dudes at this price. This is a 6V6GT in army boots, yet it is a plug-and-play replacement for any 6V6 tube. An awesome sounding tube in both guitar amps and hi-fi systems! The rarest and the best, may outlast you and your amp! If you are not too picky about appearance, you can save BIG with these less than pretty tubes. You think RCA greyglass tubes sound good, wait 'till you hear these babies. Matched to within several percent Gm and plate current! SINGLE TUBES ARE $95 EACH.

$209.00 per pair

out of stock

6V6GT Raytheon or Tung Sol Nickel metal collar base, Blackglass, RARE 1940s vintage MATCHED PAIR

New old stock whitebox. Very scarce tube, with the bright nickel collar around the base. Rich and creamy sounding, and nearly impossible to find in matched pairs, especially the blackglass version. Some have OEM labels, but are Tung Sol and Raytheon made. Single tubes are $75.00.

$150.00 per pair

2 single tubes

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6V6G (ST shape) RCA made oem labels, blackplate greyglassMATCHED PAIR

New old stock White Box. Pre-WWII era 6V6, large ST (coke bottle) shape. A very nice pair with a Gm match within 5 percent. These have the early 1940s RCA (or Zenith OEM) label on the base, and are greyglass. Hard to find these in matched pairs!

$60.00 per pair

in stock

6V6G (ST shape) RCA blackplate greyglass or blackglass

New old stock, White Box. Pre-WWII era 6V6, large ST shape. A few are labelled with other brands, but are RCA made.

$25.00

out of Stock

6V6GT Mazda France made greyglass, military boxes, 1957 dated

New Old Stock original box. A very nice 6V6GT, not often found in the USA. Blackplate and greyglass, Mazda label all with 1957 date codes. These Mazda made tubes are similar to Pope, Amperex and other premium brands. Pairs are $99.00!

$45.00

out of Stock

6V6GT Amperex / Philips made greyglass, made in Holland

New Old Stock original box and white Box. A very nice 6V6, not often found in the USA. Blackplate and greyglass, very similar to the RCA greyglass. These Holland made tubes are similar to Pope and other premium brands. Pairs are $80.00!

$35.00

In Stock

6V6GT RCA blackplate clearglass MATCHED PAIRS

New old stock original box or whitebox. Very scarce tube, as most RCA clearglass types had greyplates. These excellent RCA tubes are from the late 1950s, and have been carefully matched into pairs.

$78.00 per pair

call/e-mail

6V6GT RCA blackplate clearglass

New old stock original box or whitebox. Very scarce tube, as most RCA clearglass types had greyplates. 1 made for Hammond organ.

$38.00

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JAN 6V6GT / VT107A TYPE JAN RCA made blackplate greyglass or blackglassMATCHED PAIRS

New old stock White Box and original box. A LARGE stock of 1943-1945 dated military tubes just in! The rare blackglass military version of this wonderful RCA made vintage tube. Difficult to keep in stock as supplies dwindle and demand soars. This version is probably one of the the best guitar amp tubes ever made. These are extra rugged, look and sound the same as the famed RCA GT blackplate greyglass civilian version, and are very carefully matched! Most have the Raytheon, Sylvania, or Ken Rad label but are blackglass or greyglass GT the same RCA tube as the original GT. The earlier Raytheon and Ken Rad labels have the rare blackglass. All have the "stop sign" RCA factory mark on the glass. THE RCA made tube to have if you need durability and long life!

$130.00 per pair

In Stock

6V6GT / VT107A JAN RCA blackplate greyglass

New old stock White Box and original box. The rare military version of this wonderful greyglass vintage tube. Difficult to keep in stock as supplies dwindle and demand soars. Made for various brands but all are RCA made.

$60.00

In Stock

6V6GT RCA blackplate greyglass MATCHED PAIR

New old stock White Box and original box. Very popular vintage tube, in fact the most asked-for tube for Fender amps. Difficult to keep in stock as supplies dwindle and demand soars. I have hand selected and matched these on a Hickok 539A, closely matched for Gm and plate current draw. Some are military stock with brown bases.

$109.00 per pair

In Stock

6V6GT RCA blackplate greyglass

New old stock White Box and original box. Very popular vintage tube, singles perfect for the Fender Champ. Difficult to keep in stock as supplies dwindle and demand soars. Some are military stock with brown bases.

$50.00

In Stock

6V6GTY JAN military stock RCA greyglass blackplateMATCHED PAIRS

New Old Stock whitebox and original box. These are similar to the standard RCA clearglass or greyglass, but have brown bases and are milspec. A rugged tube that will take a beating, if you take your amp on the road these are a good choice. Carefully matched pairs. SINGLE TUBES ARE $50.00 EACH.

$99.00 per pair

1 pair, 1 single

6V6GT RCA blackplate greyglass

Used tested good White Box. Very popular vintage tube. Difficult to keep in stock as supplies dwindle and demand soars. Even used ones are much better than the junk being made today. Matched pairs are just $50.00.

$25.00

In Stock

6V6GT made by RCA, OEM labels, blackplate, greyglass and blackglass

New Old Stock White Box. One of our most popular bargain priced NOS tubes! Made by RCA for Admiral, Bogen, Emerson, Ford,Philco, Sylvania, Delco, Marconi, and Magnavox, just to name a few of the many labels. EXACTLY the same as those labelled RCA, with the RCA factory "stop-sign" logo! Expect to see these skyrocket in price as the RCA tubes become scarce. Save now while you still can! MATCHED PAIRS JUST $50.00 PER PAIR! Construction varied slightly depending on production year, some are rare RCA blackglass types. As mentioned, the brands on the labels vary, and your pair will likely be two different labels and construction types. No picking of brands or construction type at this price! Guaranteed to be RCA "stop sign" logo on the glass tubes, and guaranteed matched on our Tektronix 576 curve tracer.

$25.00

In Stock

6V6GTA RCA greyplate clearglass MATCHED PAIRS

New Old Stock original Box. These are carefully hand selected and matched to within 2 percent of each other, plate current and Gm. Especially good in Fender amps. Like all RCA 6V6 tubes, these have bottom getters. These are the best of the late 1960s RCA 6V6 tubes, and prices are climbing so grab some now! A few early production tubes are still marked 6V6GT but are actual GTA tubes.

$85.00 per pair

in stock

6V6GTA RCA blackplate clearglass, made for other brands MATCHED PAIRS

New Old Stock original Box. SAVE on these RCA made for other labels like DuMont. Real NOS RCA tubes, only the labels are different. These are carefully hand selected and matched to within 2 percent of each other, plate current and Gm. Especially good in Fender amps. These are the best of the late 1960s RCA 6V6 tubes, and prices are climbing so grab some now!

$75.00 per pair

In Stock

6V6GTA RCA made greyplate clearglass

New Old Stock white Box and original box. This tube is also popular, especially good in Fender amps. Like all RCA 6V6 tubes, these have bottom getters. Several are OEM made by RCA, and labelled with different amp brands, some are military with brownbases.

$40.00

In Stock

6V6GT Sylvania blackplate 1950s greyglass or clearglassMATCHED PAIR

New Old Stock original box or whitebox. Heavy internal glass coating, (some in stock are military clearglass) blackplate. These have the green or red labels on black bases of the late 1940s, and green labels from the 1950s, and have a nice Gm match to within 4 percent. A few are made for Philco in original Philco 1950s boxes. Try them, these sound like the RCA at a big savings! SINGLE TUBES ARE $35.00 EA.

$70 per pair

In Stock

6V6GT Raytheon or Tung Sol, rare blackplate blackglassMATCHED PAIR

New Old Stock whitebox. Deep black internal glass coating , blackplate, bottom getter. These sweet tubes date to the 1940s and have black bases. A nice pair matched to within 2 percent Gm and plate current draw. Grab them now, they're going to vanish just like the RCA greyglass!

$80.00 per pair

in stock

6V6GTA Tung Sol blackplate MATCHED PAIR

New old stock original box or whitebox. An excellent, creamy smooth sounding late 1950s vintage 6V6 tube, USA made by Tung Sol. SINGLE TUBES ARE $40.00.

$80.00 PER PAIR

3 singles

6V6GT General Electric blackplate greyglass

New Old Stock Original Box and whitebox. Deep black internal glass coating, blackplate, bottom getter. A great, smooth toned vintage tube at a huge savings over the RCA or military types! Some are marked Ken-Rad but are GE made. MATCHED PAIRS ARE $50.00!

$20.00

in stock

6V6GT General Electric clearglass.

New Old Stock whitebox. These are from a nice late 1960s job box of GE tubes. Fantastic quality, bargain price, these will outperform any of the current production trash out there! Some are custom selected for organs, screened for low noise audio use, with the organ manufacturer on the label. HAND MATCHED PAIRS JUST $50.00 PER PAIR!

$20.00

In Stock

6V6GTY JAN military type brownbase, all USA made brands

New Old Stock Original Box and whitebox. A nice military greyglass 6V6 tube, built to last! Most were made by Sylvania or RCA. Brownbase, blackplate, bottom getter. MATCHED PAIRS ARE $60.00 PER PAIR.

$30.00

in stock

6V6GT/A Other USA made brands, glass envelope

New Old Stock Original Box and whitebox. Many USA vintage brands too numerous to mention. Most are greyglass with blackplates. Get huge savings on these NOS USA made 6V6GT tubes!

$15.00

In Stock

6V6 metal, RCA

New old stock, white Box

$15.00

In Stock

6V6 metal, General Electric or other brands

New old stock, white Box

$15.00

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7408 GE or Sylvania,Industrial grade 6V6GT, full octal base.

New Old Stock original box. Nice heavy duty 6V6GT on par with the GTY and VT107A military types. These General Electric / Sylvania tubes are from the 1960s and built like tanks! MATCHED PAIRS ARE $70.00 PER PAIR.

$30.00

In Stock

7408 Industrial grade 6V6GT, various brands

New Old Stock whitebox. Nice heavy duty 6V6GT on par with the GTY and VT107A military types. MATCHED PAIRS, WHEN AVAILABLE, $50.00 PER PAIR.

$20.00

In Stock


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