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[ it is not possible to remove two power tubes ]
Well for your information, it has been done for a long time now.
The best way to lower power output would to use these adaptors
Using Yelow jackets, is safer than pulling tubes out
What are Yellow JacketsÂ®?
Yellow JacketsÂ® Converters are a type of specialized adapters which permit the use of EL84/6BQ5 power tubes in place of 6V6, 6L6, EL34, and 7591 types.
How do they work?
They give you simple Class-A operation from any amp. Yellow JacketÂ® Converters not only rearrange the pin locations of the tubes, but also provide the necessary current limiting on the screens and cathode as well as blocking the amplifier's grid bias voltage, while configuring the EL84 in a Class-A, Self-adjusting cathode-bias circuit. In other words, there are no adjustments to make and no modifications necessary, you simply plug the Yellow JacketsÂ® into the amp's output tube sockets, (in cathode-bias amplifiers) screw the ground wires under one of the output tube socket mounting screws, plug the provided EL84's into the Yellow JacketsÂ®, turn on the amp and play.
How will they change my amplifier?
It's like getting a whole new amplifier! In Champ and Deluxe type amplifiers, the Yellow JacketsÂ® output is smooth, strong and more even than with the stock 6V6s. When the Yellow jacketsÂ® Converters are installed in larger amplifiers intended for 6L6s or EL34 output tubes, the high plate and screen voltages are reduced as well as current limited to protect the EL84 and to drop output power. When a pair of Yellow JacketsÂ® are used in a Marshall 50 watt or similar amplifier, the overall power drops to about 20 watts and takes on more of the character of an old Vox AC30. The distortion is smoother and more even and the output is both substantially reduced and more compressed due to the Class-A nature of the Yellow JacketsÂ®. In a 100 watt amp like a Twin Reverb or Marshall 100, either two or four Yellow JacketsÂ® can be used. If only two are used and the other two sockets are left empty, the output is dropped to about 20 watts. With four in place, the amp puts out about 40 watts and takes on a whole new warmth and richness.
In the cases of the YJ7591 converters, the overall output power remains the same, but the sound becomes fuller and the extinct 7591 are replaced with common and inexpensive EL84 tubes. In old Ampeg Reverb Rockets and the like, you experience a warmth and sweetness that you could never get with the now unavailable 7591 tubes.
Will they hurt my amp?
No! Yellow JacketÂ® converters are safe for all amplifiers and transformers. As all Yellow JacketÂ® Converters internally limit voltage and current they put no extra strain on amplifiers' power and output transformers or internal components. Using the Yellow JacketsÂ® in higher powered amplifiers actually reduces the strain on the transformers and internal components because it reduces the overall wattage of the system. Furthermore, the heater (or filament) current of the EL84 is lower than that of the 6L6, EL34 or 7591, so the Yellow JacketÂ® will reduce the strain on the filament windings of the power transformer as well.
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