THE GREAT MULLARD MAGIC BLOG — low emission
DO VALVES WEAR OUT (i)? - EMISSION LOSS
Posted by STEVE M on
If a valve passes an anode current of 1mA then this equates to 650, 000, 000, 000, 000 electrons a second. When you consider that an output tetrode like a KT66 can pass up to 100mA in anode current then as Cilla Black would have said 'that's a lorra, lorra electrons!' I think this little fact demonstrates quite well that over a period of anywhere between 2000 and 8000 hours on average, a valve may loose a proportion of it's emissive properties. During the early life of a valve, the effect of emission loss is realtively imperceptible but after...
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