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post #16 of 518
I chose HR-2 over Raptor because I didn't want another tube amp at that time. But it would be nice to have a Raptor to compliment my HR-2.
post #17 of 518
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Originally Posted by raffy View Post
It truly is a great amp...BTW, what tubes are you using for your Raptor?
I am using an RCA 6189 with 3 mica, D-getter black plate and 2 Tung-Sol 5687 with D-shaped getter and black plate. Nice, warm and balanced sound.
post #18 of 518
Congrats! Sound like you are in true audio bliss. That is a good feeling!
post #19 of 518
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Here's the pics:






Night Shot:

post #20 of 518
Very nice Raffy, enjoy it.
post #21 of 518
Congrats. The Raptor is an awesome amp. I think it sounds fabulous too. Also, the design is killer as well and looks timeless. It looks better in person. This amp very chic and worth every penny. I could live with this amp for the rest of my life and be happy. Nice pick brotha.

post #22 of 518
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Wow, I never knew the Raptor got this much love around here! It's nice to hear I'm not alone!
post #23 of 518
I couldn't agree more, I absolutely love my Raptor. It is easily my favorite out of my 3 amps. It reallly does it all well. I have started rolling some tubes. Right now I have a Mullard 12au7 and two Raytheon branded Tung-sol 5687's. Man does it sound sweet! I have also rolled with the same 5687's and the Telefunken 12au7 that Ray recommended as the best tubes. This sounds incredible as well. A little more detail with the Telefunken, while a little more warmth with the Mullard, but both are fantastic. I also have an Amperex Bugle Boy I'll be trying out in the next couple of days. Man, all I can say, is I love this amp. If you want to look at some different tubes, I really recommend www.vintagetubeservices.com. Pricier than most, but oh so worth it. I had some tung-sols and a telefunken I bought off of ebay, and the tubes I bought for vintage tube crush them. Enjoy the Raptor, it is incredible! I am off to enjoy mine now!
post #24 of 518
Tube rolling is good. You'll find that some tubes could add a touch more warmth or some may add a touch more dryness which can be good too. It's nice to change brands of tubes for a nice change of the nuances of sound.

I like to collect a few different brands and stock up for the future. Get em while you can since great tubes are easy to find now and affordable too. Ebay has great bargains. Audiogon and tube dealers are great sources too brotha.

post #25 of 518
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Originally Posted by wharfrat1 View Post
I couldn't agree more, I absolutely love my Raptor. It is easily my favorite out of my 3 amps. It reallly does it all well. I have started rolling some tubes. Right now I have a Mullard 12au7 and two Raytheon branded Tung-sol 5687's. Man does it sound sweet! I have also rolled with the same 5687's and the Telefunken 12au7 that Ray recommended as the best tubes. This sounds incredible as well. A little more detail with the Telefunken, while a little more warmth with the Mullard, but both are fantastic. I also have an Amperex Bugle Boy I'll be trying out in the next couple of days. Man, all I can say, is I love this amp. If you want to look at some different tubes, I really recommend www.vintagetubeservices.com. Pricier than most, but oh so worth it. I had some tung-sols and a telefunken I bought off of ebay, and the tubes I bought for vintage tube crush them. Enjoy the Raptor, it is incredible! I am off to enjoy mine now!

I just ordered a Mullard 12AU7 and a pair of Tungsols from VTS. How would you describe the Mullard? I am looking for something warmer and richer than the Telefunkens.
post #26 of 518
Most everything is warmer than the Teles. I like them but more for a change rather than a constant diet. They are special though.
post #27 of 518
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
Most everything is warmer than the Teles. I like them but more for a change rather than a constant diet. They are special though.
Though I haven't tried other gain tubes, that's the impression I had too. They are not sterile but definitely not tubey. They have excellent impact and detail which makes them special but I need something a little bit more "emotional" even if it colors the sound a little bit.
post #28 of 518
I keep the Mullard in with my RS-1's but haven't tried rollng anything with my 650's
post #29 of 518
how much is it....$1000?
post #30 of 518
www.tubeworld.com

1 platinum tube $40) 12BH7A RCA black plates used/tests like new smeared white print "D" getter 1950's (12/12.3ma)

Buy this tube, it has amazing bass pressence and weight and the top end is very smooth. You will love it, especially with your 600s. This tube presents the most natural sounding bass I have ever listened too. Its taller than the 5687s too so it looks cool in the rear socket. I also bought an RCA clear top 12AU7, it also sounds very good, but its different, its more open in the highs and the bass weight is less.
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