Frank Blöhbaum, from Sweden I believe, have designed for Thorens a preamp that I think the first outside of Russia commercial use my 6E5P tube.
I do not know if Frank reads this site but if he does then good for him. As I see he used 6E5P as in output stage of pram, debating it with E810F for whatever reasons. I do not know if it was Srajan’s blooper or Mr. Blöhbaum blooper. I doubt that it was Srajan as he brainlessly juts print what he was told by manufactures. The E810F/7788 shell not be even to use in the same sentence as they are tubes for VERY different purposes. The D3a/7721 are far apart but roughly the same tubes as 6E5P and the D3a/7721 and 6E6P are more or less replaceable and have the same pins. I think Srajan was juts confused with too make new words for himself as I doubt that Frank would put the E810F and 6E5P in the same boat.
Anyhow, it is the first commercial use of 6E5P. It is very nice that back in 1996 Victor Khomenko of BAT was told about 6H30P and he made his best to have the price for 6H30P to shoot over the roof. Leaving out of attention of big manufactures the 6E5P still enjoy the dirt cheap price.
I think I do a great service in maintaining the popularity of 6E5P low. To my knowledge I am the only English-writing person who talks about uniqueness and advantages of 6E5P. Since my extreme anti-DIY attitude and general anti-social mind-set towards to audio Mormonism they do not take my comments serious, in fact I was reported that a manufacture who refused to use 6E5P just because it came from Romy the Cat. It is what I always say – “Good for them and die with you little secret!” (Courtesy to “The Ritz”).
Interesting that Frank Blöhbaum will not be the first commercial amp with 6E5P that west will be hearing. Back to 2000 or 2001 a Russian company NEM (Novosibirsk Electronic Manufacturing)
….brought on CES their new amp. It was 300B drive with a single driver that I never knew at that time and it was somthing that ignited my interest.
The amp was driving small Acapealla Horns the sound was not there as the people who run the room (Canadian distributor) had no experience with sound. However, it was very auditable that the amp sounded very-very good. BTW, whatever it worth, the NEM won some kind of price at the show, like best sound, or best product. Regardless how unimportant it is but let agree that to be nominated and to win this thing in Vegas without kissing the industry asses and spending zero efforts for self-promotion was an accomplishment. Anyhow, I took a note about 6E5P right there and was wondering to use it to drive my 6C33C in two stages. The designer on the amp and the NEM director was Sergey Rubtsov. I know that guy and I am not a big fun of him. He is a Russian chauvinist and I very much hate this type. At that time the 6E5P were sold for 11c -13c per tube…
Later on taking with Dima I learn that he and Russian designer Alexander Monakov independently discovered “6E5P for Sound” in 1999. Dima was fixing TV equipment and in deflection amp he saw that small tube with 8.5W plate dissipation, 30 time gain when triode and absolutely different internal construction than anything else he ever had seen. He built right the way a little buffers with it, measured it, listened it, got surprised how good it was … the rest is history…
Anyhow, I wish to welcome Frank Blöhbaum and looks like the Thorens to the 6E5P’s proudly-dysfunctional family. The Cat
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