Here is my latest build. Has anyone tried the CV345? Tube lineup is 5U4, 6SL7 (green LED bias at 1.8v) and CV345. I tried cathode bias the CV345 but the cathode resistors were dissipating too much heat so I modified the circuit to fixed bias. The anode voltage is at 350vdc, bias voltage is 90v, 0.76v at pin 8. I don't know if this setup is optimal but the sound is awesome, similar to single ended 300B. While it is not as velvety as the high frequencies of the 1626 but the low frequencies are definitely more substantial than the 1626 Clementine. To my ears, the sound of the CV345's have less distortion than the 6L6, 5881.
The power supply is a NOS Merrit 350-0-350V @235mA, 6.3v @9A, 6.3v @3A, and 5v @2A for the 5U4 filament. The choke is a Hammond 2.3 H @ 38 Ohms A0-25319-0 made by Midwest. OPTs are Edcors GXSE10-8-5K, 5K primary and 8ohm secondary. Hammond case 12x8x3. I chose gray paint to match my vintage Ampex preamps.
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