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    Northern Electric KT88

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    MontanaWay

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    Northern Electric KT88

    Post by MontanaWay on Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:56 pm

    not sure if many members here have heard of the Northern Electric KT88.
    I'd be interested to hear if anyone has tried, but at $170.00 a pop...I'm not holding my breath! Just another PS Vane off shoot/copy cat?
    Here is a link to The Tube Store's KT88 page, http://www.thetubestore.com/Tubes/KT88-Tube-Types/Northern-Electric-KT88

    sKiZo

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    Join date : 2013-04-01
    Location : Michigan USA

    Re: Northern Electric KT88

    Post by sKiZo on Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:31 pm

    Seems to me Northern Electric was the Canadian brand name for Marconi if I remember right ...

    I've got a couple 12AU7's badged as Marconi that say Made in Canada, so I guess they had their own plant and production? Real decent tubes. I do know Northern Electric was more into telephone and comm equipment, sub-contracting a lot of work for Bell ...

    But I digress ... I'm assUming somebody bought the name at a copyright fire sale and slapped it on some tubes. I'm also assUming it was these guys ...



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    ValleySounds

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    Join date : 2012-09-25
    Location : Calgary, Ab

    Re: Northern Electric KT88

    Post by ValleySounds on Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:22 am

    I bought one of there 12au7's. It is a really nice clean sounding tube but after 2 weeks it became the most monophonic tube I have. Put it in the center position in the st-120 and sounds like I have a bee hive in each speaker.
    The kt-88 are not worth the money if you ask me. There are better tubes out there for much less.

    mhardyman

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    Join date : 2012-04-15

    Re: Northern Electric KT88

    Post by mhardyman on Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:28 am

    I haven't sprung for the KT88/c but I can tell you that TJ/Full Music line of triodes is most excellent.  Their 300B/n is superb and I would really like to have a taste of their 2A3.  They are a boutique operation and I have no opinion whatsoever of the small signal tubes they make.

    sKiZo

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    Join date : 2013-04-01
    Location : Michigan USA

    Re: Northern Electric KT88

    Post by sKiZo on Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:57 pm

    Any other candidates as to who may be building those NE rascals? Hard to tell as there's not much available on either ... Only real difference I see is the NE has two top plates ... easy enough mod if they were custom ordered from TJ/FM's plant.

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