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    Default 3 500z tube amps

    what are some of the brands of amps that came with the 3 500z tubes in them? I am wanting to get me a tube type for the base and need to know what to look for since this will be my first tube type.

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    Drake L4B, Henry 2KD-4 and others, Heathkit SB-220, Ameritron, and some others, if buying any of these mentioned you'll wanna see if they were 10 meter capable, of course there are others that build Z boxes out there also, even Wizard and 55
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    There is one stop for tube amps.
    55 bull it made.
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    anything you want to know can be found there also

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    HF 2000
    HF2500DX
    EL550 - comes with 3 3-500zs

    the glass man in lubbock texas will build them from 1 tuber up to 12 tuber
    and then build them to take the 500zg if you decide to upgrade
    and run it on either 240 or 480volts
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    thanks for all the info. I hope after i get done taking care of the kids christmas presents I will have enough left over to get one. I want one bad, but not bad enough to use the credit card.

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    Look for a heathkit sb-220

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    Why are you particularly interested in a 3 tube 3-500z amplifier?
    What about that particular device interests you so?

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    Well if he don't like it after he get's it, he can take the tubes out they make for a nice lamp lol

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    freind of mine has a 4 tube Heathkit is selling it
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    theres a guy about 40 miles from me that has a 3-500 and some pill boxes. when he is running the 500 box, it sounds great and is blowing smoke. that is why i am interested in a tuber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 555 -N- Da Horn View Post
    freind of mine has a 4 tube Heathkit is selling it
    Pm sent. Thanks,Mike.

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    there is nothing wrong with tubes, lord knows I agree! i was just curious why you really want that particular tube? There are lots to choose from all with different characteristics, filament requirments, amplification factors etc etc. I wouldnt want you to settle on one kind "just because". Know what I mean? Dont over look non glass envelope tubes.

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    steel rocks! somethin like a 3cx3000 might be nice!
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    if an 8 tube or 10 tube 3-500z came my way i would not pass it up
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    i got a 1 tuber i might sell.
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    hello 3strucking I have a GLS General Linear Systems amp it has (3) 3-500z tubes. hope this helps

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    Years ago Wawasee made the JB-2000. It was an 11 meter base amp with (2) 3-500Z's in it, and would dead key at least 1200 watts on AM if the tubes were fresh and it was set up right . Not many were made, pretty darn expensive years ago. Yours, Ron

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    The JB-2000 was built to low standards......It worked, but good......not so much.
    There are many two 3-500z amps that are really good amps, Heathkit, Dentrons,Swans.....the list goes on....Real Ham Amps Last !
    The trick is driving them, use a driver amp....dont butcher the amp for low drive.
    And here is the main thing........They last years and years.

    Just my 2 cents worth

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiretwister View Post
    The JB-2000 was built to low standards......It worked, but good......not so much.
    There are many two 3-500z amps that are really good amps, Heathkit, Dentrons,Swans.....the list goes on....Real Ham Amps Last !
    The trick is driving them, use a driver amp....dont butcher the amp for low drive.
    And here is the main thing........They last years and years.

    Just my 2 cents worth

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    all the amps you list haven't been manufactured in 20+ years! irreplaceable parts, plus an expensive compliment of tubes that dont really make that much power per dollar.

    Try to go forward with technology, not backwards.

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    I know.....I never sustain that, 1.5kw is plenty anyway.

    I just wanna test the proton.

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