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post #16 of 38
Yeah I was NOT thinking of something like a Sovtek - I wouldn't expect that to sound good. I was thinking of an RCA, Sylvania, or Tung-Sol (the black-plate Tung-Sol 5U4G are especially nice). But if Jam says the Sophia is better than the RCA 5U4G, then that partly answers my question, although I still wonder if it's $120 better
post #17 of 38

Precisely...

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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
Yeah I was NOT thinking of something like a Sovtek - I wouldn't expect that to sound good. I was thinking of an RCA, Sylvania, or Tung-Sol (the black-plate Tung-Sol 5U4G are especially nice). But if Jam says the Sophia is better than the RCA 5U4G, then that partly answers my question, although I still wonder if it's $120 better
Precisely...

It is very difficult to believe that any tube can sound "$120 better - 5-7 times or 500% to 700% better?

"Now... that's a pretty good tube!"

We're surely talking "diminishing marginal utility" here (in the economic context) - that is... "if'n yer one u dem dere rich peoples da Dems talkin' 'bout," ya jes don' min' spendin' dat kinda scratch on u tube... an' what's diminishin' margnl utlty, anyways."
post #18 of 38
I actually use a black plate Tung-Sol VT-244/5U4G from 1954 in my WA6. And I must say, this one sounds by far best. Better than Mullard GZ32, GZ33, GZ34, GZ37.
It sounds more open. More 3D. Not too soft as GZ32 for example. And not as "cool" as GZ34. It's my actual choice.

Barbaresco
post #19 of 38
Tungsol often made some of the better tubes. They based their business on quality first and were among the first tube producers.
post #20 of 38
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Tungsol often made some of the better tubes. They based their business on quality first and were among the first tube producers.
I have also found this to be true. Over time I have migrated toward Tung-Sols in a lot of my amps.
post #21 of 38
They took Great pride in quality. They wanted their tubes to last a long time and believed in doing things right before selling the product. They were in business somewhere around the turn of the 20th century and got into tubes very early after that. I just got some Tungsol 27 mesh plates with engraved bases. I have many, many 27's and this is the first I had ever seen of Tunsol in the 27 so I paid too much but I really wanted them. Even the name on the base is neat as it is arched not just stamped strait across.
post #22 of 38
Thread Starter 
@ jamato8


I look forward to your impressions with the EML 274B John.


Cheers,
Oliver
post #23 of 38
dvb-projekt:

You speak of mircroinformations. it mean that EML is more detailed than Spohia???
post #24 of 38
Thread Starter 
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dvb-projekt:

You speak of mircroinformations. it mean that EML is more detailed than Spohia???
For me, absolute yes! Especialy with classical Instruments.
post #25 of 38
Interesting review. I'll have to consider getting this tube possibly.
post #26 of 38
That is one Huge tube on the WA6.... poor little guy....

Cheers,
post #27 of 38
Yes it is a big tube and with thick glass, as far as vacuum tubes go.
post #28 of 38
Are EML and Sophia the only mfrs of the current production 274B? I see the tube on Western Electric's site, but can only find references to NOS WE 274Bs, elsewhere.
post #29 of 38
There is also TJ FullMusic, ValveArt and GoldenDragon that you can find occasionally on ebay. The quality and warranty of EML and Sophia is somewhat more reassuring though.

The WE274B, like most NOS WE tubes, are ridiculously expensive.
post #30 of 38
I have never heard the WE 274B, but it's hard to imagine paying $1,000+ for it, as they often go for, USED. With the Princess being as good sounding as she is, I think there are better places to spend tube money than a WE 274B, but again, I've never heard one.
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