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    Changing tube in my SE Electronics Z5600a

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    I recently purchased the SE Z5600a mic (using focusrite platinum voicemaster pro pre-amp), and have discovered screechy top end, and have been told that if i replace the tube it will improve the sound completely, i was recommended the RCA 5751 tube, but i literally dont have a clue how to change the tube or unscrew the mic of anything like that, could anyone help?

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    ...as many vintage NOS tubes become more scarce and the prices rise, other more available tube variations are being recognized as alternatives...the 5751 is a military variation of a 12AX7 tube...it's lower "gain factor" of 70 as opposed to the 12AX7's rating of 100 make it an interesting option...along with the 5751 there is also the 7025...low microphonics and rugged construction make these tubes good for audio applications, but in my experience, both of these 12AX7 variations are best used in guitar amps, or in some tube based mic preamps...

    ...for microphone applications the proven standard for upgrading stock manufacturer tubes (of the 12A_7 family) is the 6072 (a military grade 12AY7)...and of the 6072 tubes, the GE 5-Star Black Plate is the one most recommended (here and on other audio BB sites)...they are still readily available as NOS (vintage) at reasonable pricing and also available newly manufactured as with the Electro Harmonix 6072A...any of these would be preferable to the 5751 (IMHO) for a microphone application...

    ...as for replacing the tube in your sE mic, the procedure is pretty simple...unscrew the bottom of the body, slide off the body casing and carefully remove the stock tube from the tube socket...replace with the upgraded tube and reassemble the mic casing..."burning in" the new tube is optional (some say it makes a difference, others disagree)...search this site for more information, as this procedure has been discussed in depth many times in the past...happy tube "rolling"...
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    so should i just buy the GE 5-Star Black Plate?

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    Last edited by Melsi; 11-25-2006 at 08:03.
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    ...that would be my advice...I use that tube in both my sE5600 and my Cascade V55 (manufactured by sE using components from both the Gemini and 5600) with excellent results...keep an eye out for the "triple-mica" version or the GE JAN 6072/6072A...all very nice tubes in a mic application...many of the original Euro-vintage tube microphones utilize the 6072...
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    i ordered GT -5751-M and i am going to order the GE 5-Star Black Plate and then compare.

    Thanks for all your help!
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    can anyone post me a link to a thread on how to change tubes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melsi
    can anyone post me a link to a thread on how to change tubes
    Yes, read the last paragraph of this link; it explains how to change the tube in your mic:

    http://www.homerecording.com/bbs/sho...40&postcount=2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey Gerst
    Yes, read the last paragraph of this link; it explains how to change the tube in your mic:

    http://www.homerecording.com/bbs/sho...40&postcount=2
    ...hmmmm...where have I seen that before?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidvybes
    ...hmmmm...where have I seen that before?...
    Is that one of them thar "rhetorical questions"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey Gerst
    Is that one of them thar "rhetorical questions"?
    ...too-shay...
    Last edited by kidvybes; 11-25-2006 at 18:54.
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