So thanks to the recent group buy (my first) I joined the 596 club:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
And it'd be interesting to see if anybody listening to the above combo could still refer to the LCD-3 as being too "laidback" I certainly have to dial it down for the same sound level on my favourite tracks. As a matter of fact, apart from rock and some classical, I find it a bit too punchy for jazz or vocals. The Sylvania & Tung-Sol triangle-types are fine of course, but something interesting has happened: out of curiosity I dug out my Sophia 6SN7s which I could never really warm up too, and for some reason, for the first time, I -really- like them in this setup!
I also decided to get the spare tube purchase out of the way when I bough the adapter, and unexpectedly ended up with two very different 596s. I think the one of the group buy, in the bigger box, may be the older one? Some comparisons: 2 getters instead of one, copper bracket at the top instead of steel (?), and different markings due to the 2nd getter.
Very nice! Looks like I got one of the large box ones. I have not put it in yet as I got it as a backup for the current 596 I am using now....They do have punch!