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post #3016 of 4148

Just bought some Kenrad black glass VT-231. They sound fine, but if you pause the CD or between discs, when you tap gently on the base or glass, you can hear the faint tapping on the speakers. One tube is slightly louder than the other. Is this normal as I heard these tubes tend to be microphonic? No howling or squealing or hums or static noises though. A pair of clean NOS like this is hard to find, so I'm inclined to keep them if this is normal.

post #3017 of 4148

This is pretty normal for Ken-Rads.  If yours are quiet when they are not picking up vibration then you did pretty good.

post #3018 of 4148
Thread Starter 

Her's a couple more B65's on their way:

 

 

1000

 

 

 

1000

post #3019 of 4148

Where are you finding these?

post #3020 of 4148
Thread Starter 

Come on David, sometimes I get lucky, that's all.....

post #3021 of 4148

I don't know, Stavors.  You seem to win the lottery all too often...

post #3022 of 4148
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Originally Posted by rosgr63 View Post

From what I remember TS come in three plate types Flat ...

 

I find the TS flat-plate 6F8G a bit on the flat side. The TS 5998 is very dynamic, even too dynamic at times. It is perhaps not too surprising, in hindsight, that they work very beautifully together.

 

Just an observation, to my ears, in my amp, as usual.

post #3023 of 4148
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Originally Posted by dminches View Post

I don't know, Stavors.  You seem to win the lottery all too often...

 

Rookies luck?

 

I get some sour lemons too.

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post #3025 of 4148
Thread Starter 

It's probably Ken-Rad with flat staggered plates.

post #3026 of 4148
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Originally Posted by Xcalibur255 View Post

Indeed.  They were made by human hands afterall.  There were lots of possibilities for variation from sample to sample, both from the people assembling them and the equipment on the particular line it was coming off of.  Especially the ones from the 40's and early 50's before some of the major processes were automated by machines.


Xcalibur, The Grey Glass RCA & NU Black Glass combination came close to the Grey Glass RCA & 1950's Sylvania Chrome Dome GT of the construction you like. The latter combination (had a quad of RCA's in the phase splitter positions and the Sylvania's in the gain buffers) was better on vocals and jazz - female vocals were more lilting and there was more air albeit smooth in the treble. Bass though was slightly soft.

 

With the NU's, pop and rock sounded better, the sound was fuller and more punchy.

 

Unfortunately, the Sylvania's are hard to come by. I have been looking for them with not much success. The NU's pop up every now and then.

 

By the way, how do CBS Hytron's (black base, white label) or CBS (black base red label) compare to these tubes?

post #3027 of 4148
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I tried the Sylvania Xcalibur mentioned in my Glenn OTL amp and found it ordinary.

For that system I prefer the FIVRE 6SN7.

 

The Hytron comes in various types, early(Hytron logo) and late(CBS-Hytron, logo) versions, two and three hole plates.

Which are the ones you are referring to? 

post #3028 of 4148
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Originally Posted by rosgr63 View Post

I tried the Sylvania Xcalibur mentioned in my Glenn OTL amp and found it ordinary.

For that system I prefer the FIVRE 6SN7.

 

The Hytron comes in various types, early(Hytron logo) and late(CBS-Hytron, logo) versions, two and three hole plates.

Which are the ones you are referring to? 


These ones. 2 hole plate. Are they different?

 

700

 

700

 

How do they sound vis-a-vis the 3 hole plate?

post #3029 of 4148

mikey, they should be the same.  If the type logo is stamped on the top with a circle around it that is the easiest way to spot Hytron T-plates.  Great tubes, they have an amazing midrange and are full bodied.  If you like the NU sound this is an improvement upon it in my personal opinion whilst having fallen from the same tree so to speak.  I've tried to like the NUs, they are quite dynamic and sometimes there is real magic in the mids but half the time they sound wrong tonally and are just too soft at both ends of the spectrum.

 

rosgr, I'm starting to wonder if maybe it is just me after all with these Sylvanias.  There is no tube I would take over it except for the round plate tung sol but whenever anybody else tries them they find it to be average.  Maybe mine are unique somehow?  All the ones I have came from the same batch code after all.  I own other Sylvania t-plates, bad boys, the Ws and none of them compare to this tube if you ask me.  They're just so amazingly transparent to my ears.

post #3030 of 4148
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These two pairs should sound similar.

I have not done extensive tests with 3 hole Hytrons, I have read they sound more analytical.

 

I see you got the second pair from an Australian seller.


Edited by rosgr63 - 12/13/12 at 10:35pm
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