The SB-230 used a single 8873 (conduction cooled 3CX400A7/8874). The
power supply is quite low for the GI-7b (or 572B) providing about 2100
volts vs. the 2800 volts or more required for the glass triodes.
Given the low power supply voltage, I would look carefully at a single
4CX400. While the heaatsink would need to be ripped out and replaced
with a blower/plenum, the power supply and output network (ca. 800 Watts
output) are more appropriate for the 4CX400 or similar tube.
... Joe, K4IK
> -----Original Message-----
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On
> Behalf Of Tom Hix W4TH
> Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 5:56 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [AMPS] New Tube in SB-230
> I vote for the pair of Svetlana GI-7b or GI7BT(same tube) triodes as
> replacement tubes for the SB-230.
> Tore if you will look at this page on my web site,
> You will see a conversion a customer of mine did on a Dentron amp that
> ran 4 572b tubes. He used a pair of the Svetlana GI7B triodes, and is
> getting about 1200 to 1300 watts out with about 50 to 70 watts of drive.
> I dont know the SB-230, so i dont know how much room you would have in
> the amp, but a pair of the gi7b tubes would be a little larger than a
> pair of the 3cx800a7 tubes. They would also be about $425.00 per tube
> cheaper than the 3cx800a7 tubes!
> I am not trying to sell you the tubes, my friend Anton at DXHAM.COM can
> put you in a pair of those very cheaply. I do have the sockets for those
> tubes however which are nearly impossible to find....Just telling you in
> case you need them.
> Tom.......W4TH.......Tom's Tubes
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