Originally Posted by luvdunhill
yup, it was rather obvious when comparing the amps. Then once I added the 2c51 to the 6BL7GT, it was like magic. I'm using the WE 396A now, although the tube is starting to wear out, so I'm thinking about picking up something exotic for replacement (ideas?)
Anyways, back to the story at hand... I talked with Mikhail on the phone after that and turns out this was the first combination he recommended for my amp... he definitely knows how to tune his amplifiers.
Moral? Trust your (and Mikhail's) ears
From what I have read it seems like the 6BL7GTA are the tubes to get (which I'll see about with my amp). If I recall these handle the 400 volt just fine. Is your suggestion so that I can divert the money from the High Power Output option (essentially having only one voltage at 350) to go towards the driver 12 volt option?
Would the 350 setting adversely effect other output or input tube options?
I had a PM from another owner with the 12 volt option and he was saying he doesn't use the option that much as he doesn't care for the 6snf (family) as a driver and that the 12 volt option is mainly to use the cheaper 12 volt versions of the 6sn7. This struck me because I am generally preferring the Sylvania 5965 in the ECC1 adapter as my driver tube over the Zenith 6sn7 in my Extreme Platinum. At the same time Earl, in another thread of mine on this same topic gave other reasons (tube options) for having the 12 volt option. Sorting between all the options sure gets tricky.
Regarding this statement: " Maybe you need a 300,350,400 selector knob
" --yeah I'll get that as soon as I can afford a 7-8K amp.
But these days it's strictly cash and carry for me, so such a maxxed out amp is out of the question.