Originally Posted by gibosi
Unfortunately, I suspect that many of us, myself included, are a bit daunted by the task of building a proper set of adapters, plus the cost of a pair of C3gs. Perhaps you should consider starting a cottage industry? Perhaps "C3gLD" would be a good name? lol :)
For sure, I can't help but wonder how these compare to the E80CC....
gibosi...I think your statement - 'Perhaps "C3gLD" would be a good name?' - is actually FAR more apt than you may have realised...let me explain :
This afternoon, having done some research on 'pentode v triode', several lightbulbs have suddenly burst into the ol' grey matter.
With contrasting opinions regarding triode-strapped pentodes, it would appear to all come down (fairly obviously, really...) to how the amp is optimised - including their relative merits/deficiencies compared to 'true' triodes. As the LD was designed to use pentodes in this way (and not triodes per se), this would explain why the C3g has been accepted so gleefully - I believe it to be the proverbial 'prodigal son'...in other words, the tube that should have been in the LD - at least the later, more expensive, models - from the off. This would have taken them to a level far beyond the competition, I am sure. AND saved us all an immense journey in time, effort and money (although it has been a wonderful journey in many respects).
So, in reality, it seems we may have been going round in circles to some degree - we HAVE been making incremental improvements, but mostly because the WRONG pentodes were chosen in the first place!!! Obviously things are built to a price point, but I am sure that with bulk-buying and NO need for any (material) alteration to the unit, the extra price premium could have been minimal...
Ah well, I suppose this is easy to say with hindsight - but I still feel that perhaps further research at the outset may have had the LD team hit on a winner to beat all comers, anywhere near the price level.
Rant over... At least I can now enjoy my "LDMKIV C3g"