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PEARL Inc. Electron Tube Coolers for Increased Service Life



     
. . . .PEARL TUBE COOLERS have been doubling the service life of hot-running audio vacuum tubes for nearly 30 years, during which time over 300,000 pieces have been fitted into audio systems the world over.

. . . .Perhaps the longest running, best documented, best warranted and most successful tube audio accessory of all time PEARL TUBE COOLERS have inspired several much more costly imitators; none of which combines the functions of cooling and microphonic reduction, nor anything like the cost/benefit ratio achieved by the long-established PEARL design.

. . . .Continuously refined, our heatsink design has evolved from an oxide blackened, louvered fin device with black EDPM O-rings – later found to have inadequate long-term thermal withstand – to the present day solid copper device with 3D-contoured, contiguous fins coated with 2 mils of high metal content, high temperature powder coat and held in place by high thermal withstand, red-orange, silicone O-rings.

. . . .With heat from the within tube’s envelope and pressure from the external O-rings the powder coat slightly softens to then flow in a conformal manner with an intimate thermal interface and unmatched microphonic control resulting.

. . . .Based on research begun in the early 1950s by the US military and the aeronautics industry, PEARL coolers achieve the sorts of glass temperature reductions shown over 60 years ago to greatly increase the operating life of soft-glass enclosed electron tubes.

. . . .Determined during the 1950s research is the fact that the “soft glass” typically used in receiving tube manufacture is susceptible to high temperature operation in that it becomes effectively “porous” at elevated temperatures, thereby allowing atmospheric contamination of the high vacuum within the glass. By several extensively researched and solidly confirmed mechanisms such contamination has been shown to have destructive effects on the electron emitting surfaces upon which tube functioning is completely dependent and extended service life relies.
  . . . .All major vacuum tube manufacturers of the day clearly illuminated the benefits of envelope temperature reduction.

. . . .In a Nov. 1959 data manual Brimar Valves, UK stated:

. . . .“The use of close-fitting screening cans of high thermal conductivity in intimate thermal contact with a large area of the [soft glass] bulb, in conjunction with an adequate heatsink can materially reduce the operating bulb temperature and very considerably improve the life of the valve.”

which is an exact description of the P
EARL electron tube cooler's form, function and effect.

. . . .The 198 pg. PEARL Audio Note, “PEARL TUBE COOLERS and Equipment Reliability” provides both a present-day overview and several magazine reviews as well as an extensive overview of the period literature and patents. It can be downloaded here while a 3 page “Quickstart Introduction” is available here.



. . . .As of Jan. 1, 2017, PEARL TUBE COOLERS are underwritten by a lifetime, transferable end-users' warranty that is also retroactive, meaning that every PEARL cooler in the hands of an end-user is now warranted against defects in materials and/or workmanship.

. . . .If your coolers have black O-rings, please contact us for no-charge, replacement high temperature, silicone O-rings.



. . . .Dealer inquiries are welcome, we have distribution openings in some countries and will advise.
 



     

Tube Coolers for Small Signal Tubes.
Sizes, fitted tubes, cooling specs & minimum "glass-to-glass" spacing.

             



Type: MCF-7

Fits Tube Types:

6AU6

6136

6J6

 

 

 

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MCF-7: 7-pin Miniature
Cooling Performance

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Type: MPCF-7

Fits Tube Types:

6005

EL90

M8245  
 

 

 


MPCF-7: 7-pin Miniature Power
Cooling Performance

   

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Type: MCF-9

Fits Tube Types:

12AT7

ECC81

12AU7

ECC82

12AX7

ECC83

6DJ8

ECC88

6AN8

7199

   

 


MCF-9: 9-pin Miniature
Cooling Performance

   

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Type: MPCF-9

Fits Tube Types:

6BQ5

EL84

6CL6

EL86

6FQ7

6CL6

12B4

12BY7

   

 


MPCF-9: 9-pin Miniature Power
Cooling Performance

   

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Type: OCF-8

Fits Tube Types:

6SL7

5691

6SN7

5692

6SJ7

5693

6BX7

6BL7

   

 

 

   

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Tube Coolers for Power Tubes.
Sizes, fitted tubes, cooling specs & minimum "glass-to-glass" spacing.

             




Type: PCF-125

Fits Tube Types:

EL34

KT77

 

 

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PCF-125 Cooling Performance
Convection and Fan Cooled


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Type: PCF-150

Fits Tube Types:

GE - 6550

Sylvania - 6CA7
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EL519

EL509

6L6

5881

KT66

6LF6

   

 


PCF-150 Cooling Performance
Convection and Fan Cooled


   

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Type: PCF-175

Fits Tube Types:

Svetlana
Winged "C"
6550A/B/C

 

Ei - KT90A/B/C

 

 

       

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Type: PCF-200

Fits Tube Types:

KT88

8417

 

 

 


PCF-200 Cooling Performance
Convection and Fan Cooled


   

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Type: PCF-250

Fits Tube Types:

6C33C

211

805

811

813

845

   

       

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