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PostPosted: May Sat 21, 2022 2:13 am 
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I noticed a dimensional problem with the 6E5 that was installed in the '38 Zenith 15 tube chassis. The end of the tube doesn't go all the way to the dial plate. It's short by about 3/8". I compared it to a dud 6T5 and the 6T5 fits properly. i looked at a couple other 6u5 and 6E5. Some are longer, some are shorter. Wasn't there a spec for overall length? The 6T5 tube holder/mount fits over the tube base, not the socket so a longer tube has to be used.


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 Post subject: Re: Length of eye tubes
PostPosted: May Sat 21, 2022 2:59 am 
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GE gives the same outline drawing for the 6E5, 6T5, and 6U5:
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 Post subject: Re: Length of eye tubes
PostPosted: May Sat 21, 2022 4:06 am 
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That +- 3/16" is the problem. I found the Tung-Sol spec and it's MAX is 3 7/16". I found another dud 6T5 and it's short.


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 Post subject: Re: Length of eye tubes
PostPosted: May Sat 21, 2022 4:10 pm 
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I reality, I think the problem is the Zenith design. I know it doesn't help the OP's problem, but a good design would have taken the height variation into account. OTOH, maybe it was done that way on purpose with Zenith-branded tubes being specified at the maximum length in an effort to force their use as replacements ...
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 Post subject: Re: Length of eye tubes
PostPosted: May Sat 21, 2022 7:21 pm 
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OldWireBender wrote:
I reality, I think the problem is the Zenith design. I know it doesn't help the OP's problem, but a good design would have taken the height variation into account. OTOH, maybe it was done that way on purpose with Zenith-branded tubes being specified at the maximum length in an effort to force their use as replacements ...
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Yes to the first part, a Zenith design quirk. No to the second part. I have 2 Zenith-branded 6T5 tubes, 1 short, 1 long.


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 Post subject: Re: Length of eye tubes
PostPosted: May Mon 23, 2022 12:58 pm 
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AuroraOldRadios wrote:
OldWireBender wrote:
I reality, I think the problem is the Zenith design. I know it doesn't help the OP's problem, but a good design would have taken the height variation into account. OTOH, maybe it was done that way on purpose with Zenith-branded tubes being specified at the maximum length in an effort to force their use as replacements ...
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Yes to the first part, a Zenith design quirk. No to the second part. I have 2 Zenith-branded 6T5 tubes, 1 short, 1 long.

That makes me about as correct on average as the weatherman. Do I get to keep my job, too? :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: Length of eye tubes
PostPosted: May Sun 29, 2022 4:13 am 
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Remember that length does not equate to performance :lol:

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