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Yes I think it's a Sylvania Bad Boy however I prefer the airy sounding Sylvania (see my post 2638 on page 176).
It's warm sounding for vocals of pop music but probably just right for well recorded music. By the way, I only bought one.
Right. These sound nice but the Bad Boy has better low level resolution helping it avoid sounding thick.
I listened this morning to my 3 holes one and from the start its very punchy and compact ( thick ) sounding, but after 15-30 minutes it become more balanced, however still punchy and full sounding. Personally, I can't say that this tube is warmish, but compare to Brimar, definitely punchier with plenty of midbass, if the record offer of course, but I do see your point about the warm and thick sound. Not sure if my a truly BadBoy, but the seller said it is.
Agree with rosgr63, depends on amp as well.
I think it's the way it does note decay and reverb mostly. It's a unique kind of romanticism that's not for everybody. I'm not sure if I would put it in my top 5 6SN7 either, but for short periods of time it is still highly satisfying to listen to because it's presentation is so unique that it makes material sound fresh again. I think the mil plate chrome domes Sylvanias beat it hands down in transparency and general performance, but sometimes the emotional connection is very important too.
I'd love it if you made a Top 6SN7 variant list like you have for tube amps. Quick little signature sound description would obviously be needed as well :D Oh and thanks for the Ken Rad VT-231 black glass suggestion for deep powerful bass.