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post #496 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post

If you haven't tried the Chatham 6AS7G you might want to start there.

Do they sound similar to the TS5998s?
post #497 of 1528

Yes and no.  The 5998 is really its own thing, especially when they are biased correctly.  The Chathams are good bang for the buck, they sound better than =C= and RCA 6AS7s (IMO of course) but are still affordably priced  unlike the 5998, 7236 and GEC 6AS7Gs.  You might be satisfied with them and not have to drop the money for the others.  I had no trouble finding pairs under $50 when I got mine.
 

post #498 of 1528
I also think the Chatham 6AS7G is an excellent sounding tube.
post #499 of 1528

I have several quad pairs of the Chatham tubes and the are very clear sounding tubes and just a tad brighter than the RCA's.

post #500 of 1528

Sounds like I'll try a pair of them then. It's really a damned shame that these vintage tubes are so expensive now. When I bought my WA2, I was lucky enough to get multiple pairs of different vintage tubes included. But now that I have had my amp for awhile, and want to experience the different sounds of tube rolling, it's hard because of the scarce supply and marked up prices. Makes it difficult for us (college kids) to continue rolling. :(

post #501 of 1528

I have a pair of =C='s on order.  Should be here in the next couple days, actually.  I bought them to replace a bad stock tube (that was incidentally also too bright for my taste).  After reading some reviews, though, I'm thinking I should have stuck to the real thing.  Should I keep the Russian tubes here as a backup set once I ensure they work and order a set of 6AS7Gs or are the Russian tubes worth seeing how I like them first.  I'm thinking I should have a backup set anyway.

 

Also, the Tube Center said they'd try to fill my request, but wouldn't make promises.  Obviously RCA would be my #1 choice.  What should I ask for if they don't have any available?  Thanks.

post #502 of 1528
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Originally Posted by StalkerAssassin View Post


Here are selling tube RCA late 50 th and early 51 th, appearance tubes NOS.

Unfortunately the seller does say if they are NOS or used.  I suppose I'll email him tomorrow and ask.

post #503 of 1528
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Originally Posted by BackwardPawn View Post

After reading some reviews, though, I'm thinking I should have stuck to the real thing. Should I keep the Russian tubes here as a backup set once I ensure they work and order a set of 6AS7Gs or are the Russian tubes worth seeing how I like them first.

 

Oh, the prejudice! Read less, listen more!

post #504 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Oskari View Post

 

Oh, the prejudice! Read less, listen more!

Thanks for putting it in perspective.  I'll give them until Tuesday or Wednesday to get here and see what I think.  There's people out there paying $50 for the same tube because they say SovTec on the box!  If I don't like the sound I'll try to track down some RCA or GEs, but no sense spending more before I've even listened.


Edited by BackwardPawn - 1/7/13 at 5:58am
post #505 of 1528
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Originally Posted by Oskari View Post

 

Oh, the prejudice! Read less, listen more!

 

Couldn't put it better! 1000

post #506 of 1528

You can get four Svetlana =C= 6H13 for $25 from Russia on E-Bay

That is all the Sovtek is.    I do like the Svetlana 6H13 myself but not for $50 each when you can get them that cheep.

post #507 of 1528
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Originally Posted by 2359glenn View Post

You can get four Svetlana =C= 6H13 for $25 from Russia on E-Bay

That is all the Sovtek is.    I do like the Svetlana 6H13 myself but not for $50 each when you can get them that cheep.

 

Thats what I did.  I bought a pair of two for $15+shipping.  I could have probably found them a few dollars cheaper, but wanted the fast shipping due to the crackle in my current tube.

 

I know I sound a little impatient, but I bought my 339 back a couple months ago--then my headphones break and the hurricane closes down the repair shop for a month.  Now I have a bad tube...seems like I'll never get to use it.  They shipped from Moscow on the 29th and Ebay says they should arrive around the 8th.  Nothing today :(  In hindsight I should have bought from the States since shipping would have been faster.

 

Just curious, I have two NOS 6H13s coming and a set of Telefunken EF80s on their way.  Does this sound like a good combo?

post #508 of 1528
Kickin back to a GE 5998A brown base in my WA3+.... I'm liking this tube quite a bit, it's got solid state like control of things down low while not going all itchy up high. I need to let it cook for a while and let the tunes sink in some more:

Edited by GrindingThud - 1/11/13 at 2:38pm
post #509 of 1528
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Originally Posted by BackwardPawn View Post

Another quick question.  My Russian tubes arrived.  They were shipped out of a tube warehouse in Moscow.  My parents are afraid they may have been scavenged from the Chernobyl exclusion zone and want me to get rid of them.  I think that anything coming into the country from that region would be scanned for radiation by customs.  I realize I paid $10 a tube so its no big loss if I throw them out, but don't really see a reason to.  Any thoughts?

 

I just had to post that here :)

post #510 of 1528

Oh my god! radioactive tubes, they supposed to sound the best, even better than the cryogenic ones. biggrin.gif

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