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Re: [Amps] Need reliable source for ACOM2000A tubes GU74B?

Subject: Re: [Amps] Need reliable source for ACOM2000A tubes GU74B?
From: Steve Thompson <>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2022 22:36:15 +0000
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4CX800 was a Svetlana part number, doubtless chosen to match Eimac's nomenclature. Vyne Antennas in the UK used to support Acom products and supply tubes. They had a test setup for conditioning and measuring the dc parameters. They guy there suspected that the Svetlana branded tubes were old GU74s which had been cleaned up and plated.

I had a 4CX800 bought from the UK's official Svetlana agent. It had a very bright finish, probably nickel I guess. The GU74s I have look like a matte tin finish. Other than that, they certainly could have the same parts.

Steve G8GSQ

On 24/11/2022 17:59, gudguyham--- via Amps wrote:
There has been some jibberish that the Chinese “might” be making a new version of the Russian GU74B.  I have not seen one yet and I’ll believe it when I see it. 
 Until then AFAIK all GU74B tubes are all NOS Russian Cold War surplus.  The last batch made probably in the mid 90’s.  Unless these “alleged “ new GU74B tubes 
are real, any GU74B you buy from regardless who you buy it from, are all NOS if in fact they never been used.  Therefore, if you can find ANY factory sealed GU74B it’s no better than 
any tube you can buy at any ridiculous price!  A GU74B for $999.00 is the same as you’ll buy for a sealed NOS unit for about $200.00.  Some off shore sellers will sell you these 
for about $125 each in a moderate bulk lot.  How many can you afford to replace for that price?  4cx800 is an Eimac number and Eimac never made one.  Hams started calling GU74b tubes 
4cx800 because if Elmac made them that’s what they would probably call it based on specifications.

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On Thursday, November 24, 2022, 12:06 PM, <> wrote:

If you have a perfect antenna/coax system with no mini arcing occurring, the
Acom 2000A is a fantastic amp.  WOW, $2,000 for new tetrodes!

John KK9A

John Bodine wrote:

GU-74B is the correct tube and here's a link that I have used with no

I have bought off of ebay with real horror show results. DX engineering
used to guarantee their tubes for a year which is a very good thing but
check to make sure.

On Wed, Nov 23, 2022 at 1:38 PM <kq2m at> wrote:

I need to replace one set of tubes for my ACOM2000A.

Can anyone confirm that GU74B is the correct tube?  If not, what is the
correct tube?

Does anyone know of a reliable source for the ACOM200A good quality
tubes?  Approximate cost?

Tnx & 73

Bob, KQ2M

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