Originally Posted by Kremer930
Hi Jason... If you are there.
I am guessing that during the testing and development of the Lyr that you would have tested and recorded the sound signatures of many different tubes. Will you be offering to supply some upgrade tube options at a cost or at least disclose the tubes to try. Ie brand and model.
Ha. Yes and no.
Or, to be more verbose, yes, we tried a bunch of different tubes, ranging from NOS to new production. We always knew we would end up on new production tubes, though, because NOS is simply too sketchy in the quantities we produce.
Which leaves a relatively small selection of new production tubes. We settled on the JJs because they sound good with the overall design, and because they're very consistent and reliable. EH new production is a bit richer overall, but not as transparent. 6N1P (like Valhalla) are a bit fatter, but sound more closed in--and they run hotter.
Beyond that, the JAN Philips can be nice, but they're highly variable. Then you get into wacky-priced stuff, which (yes) can be a sonic step up, but can also be variable.
But no, we are not providing any step-up tube options. As I mentioned before, we can do an amp like this at this price point for really only one reason: simplicity. This is why we only offer a single color, and this is why there aren't any options. If we had to custom-configure every amp, we'd have to hire an army to respond to emails and calls asking "which config is better for what?" And we'd probably have to add 50% to the price. Or sell this one as a loss-leader and try to upsell as many options as possible.
I understand that lots of people want custom amps, and that's totally cool. It just ain't us.