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Sovtek 5AR4 Rectifier Tube   

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The 5AR4 is Sovtek's version of a common rectifier tube used in rectifier-equipped high powered amps such as Fender 40W and Vox AC-30 amplifiers. Com...Read More

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The 5AR4 is Sovtek's version of a common rectifier tube used in rectifier-equipped high powered amps such as Fender 40W and Vox AC-30 amplifiers. Common to higher powered tube amps, like the later Fender Super Reverb amps and the Vox AC30 (or Matchless copies). May be used to replace a 5U4 or 5Y3 tube and will give a faster more dynamic tonal result. The Sovtek 5AR4 rectifier has a rise time from 300-400 volts that is about 1/2 that of a 5U4 tube. Sovtek 5AR4s work nicely in amps such as the Mesa Rectifier series which use the 5U4. Great if you want a feel and response that is tighter than stock rectifiers yet you want to retain the feel and compression character of a vacuum rectifier over the solid-state setting.


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Sovtek5AR4 Rectifier Tube
 
3.5

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2.0

Prone to failure

By Ryan

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Sovtek 5AR4 Rectifier Tube:

I was warned by the owner of Matchless against using this tube, as it was prone to failure. Sure enough, it went out after a week of use in my Matchless Phoenix.

I would not suggest these tubes for any amp. They are not reliable.

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5.0

GREAT SERVICE

By TOM

from FLINT TEXAS

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      Comments about Sovtek 5AR4 Rectifier Tube:

      MUSICIANS FRIEND GOT THIS TO ME PROMPTLY WHEN I REALLY NEEDED IT AND I APPRECIATE THE GREAT SERVICE I RECIEVED.KUDOS TO A GREAT COMPANY.

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      5.0

      You cant assume with new Rectifiers

      Comments about Sovtek 5AR4 Rectifier Tube:

      You cant safely mix-n-match either for a "tube bias" job, as with the old American made rectifiers,and The Chinese rectifiers (in my experience) are even more failuire prone than the russian and Czech ones. That said, i am using one of these 5AR4 Sovtek rectifiers with excellent results. I built the amp im using it in, and i know the limits and capabilities of the circuit. Im not saying you need to build your own amps, the Sovtek rectifiers are stock in new Fender amps and they dont fail any more than the old ones did. I AM saying that you should not assume with new rectifiers that your 5AR4 equipped amp will handle any other type. Also all the old safe handling procedures that many people ignored for years should be followed. Such as, never start a tube rectified amp with the standby switch set to "on".

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      2.0

      Fireworks

      By Anonymous

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      Comments about Sovtek 5AR4 Rectifier Tube:

      I logged 12 hrs on this tube in a Dynaco Stereo 70. Mine failed at power on with a spectacular fireworks display. Then the fuse blew.Sad thing is an old 5y3 will take what this tube cannot!

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