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 Post subject: What does "Fatter Tone" mean in output tube description??!!
PostPosted: Aug Wed 23, 2017 7:27 pm 
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Trying to get a handle on various tube suppliers and one of them has descriptions such as Fatter Tone, more bass response, etc. Blue glass, gold glass, black plate, grey plate, and so on. I know I'm stepping on audio foolery toes here but a tube is a tube! IMO!


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 Post subject: Re: What does "Fatter Tone" mean in output tube description?
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Fatness of tone = 1 / Fatness of your wallet.

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It means whatever you imagine it to mean when you read the description... nothing more.

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made up audiphile description.

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PLEASE - stop the Tone "Shaming" - the preferred term is "full figured" or "healthy" :wink: :mrgreen: :wink:

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It means the tube has been wrapped in bacon, making for a much fattier sound. Highly desired I've been told.


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Increased amplitude 300-1000 Hz. Thus, flat frequency response and fatter tone are conflicting goals.


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Thanks for ruining out jokes with a technical answer...


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Fatter tubes won't fit goat shields ?

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Only if it's a fat goat.


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It means the tube has been wrapped in bacon, making for a much fattier sound. Highly desired I've been told.


Should cook nicely, if wrapped around an metal 6L6. See if its the non-stick version, else slather in lard first !

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For a minute there I thought this thread was about weight.Have me stand in front of the TV camera .Thats would be considered a fatter tone.The guys and gals over at http://www.audiokarma.org/forums/index. ... -audio.14/
probably can explain it too.

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It ain't over until the fat tube glows...

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Means your wallet will be thinner...

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 Post subject: Re: What does "Fatter Tone" mean in output tube description?
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I thought that "fat tone" was guitar terminology. Fat tone tubes would allow a skinny guy to play like a blues guitarist weighing 300 lbs! :)


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 Post subject: Re: What does "Fatter Tone" mean in output tube description?
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Some tubes are indeed "fat". For example an old 6L6 G with the flared envelope is a fat tube. A newer 6L6 GC like most these days is not.....


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Trying to get a handle on various tube suppliers and one of them has descriptions such as Fatter Tone...
I know I'm stepping on audio foolery toes here but a tube is a tube! IMO!
Best to avoid that vendor or any other that caters to the audiofool market.

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a 6550 is fatter. :wink:

In the Amiga world we had Agnus, Fat Agnus, Fatter Agnus and if Commodore had survived long enough "OMG how FAT can Agnus get?"

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 Post subject: Re: What does "Fatter Tone" mean in output tube description?
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Yeah, seriously I've run a lot of various brands of output tubes in my hi-fi. While I have learned the hard way that some brands don't hold up too well, they all sound the same as long as they're the same tube number - in my case EL34. Even the Russian made E34L sounds the same.
I prefer my OEM British made Mullards. They seem to last a very long time compared with the Chinese and Russian stuff.
But they all sound the same to me. Tubes don't have a "sound". If they're made to the specification of the tube number, they SHOULD sound the same.

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What does "Fatter Tone" mean in output tube description??!!

It means the snakes they used for that batch of snake oil had prettier skins than the ones used for the previous batch.

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