Originally Posted by Gravit8
Good to know on the tube sound, wasn't sure if different tubes worked with different genres better, but this clears it up.
So it seems like as far as stock tube sizes go, everyone seems to really like the 6HM5 correct? Then after that for end game sort of stuff Raytheon 6832 on the cheap, and C3g for best overall? Thanks!
IMHO, C3g's are not alone at the top as the best overall. If someone does not want to mess with double triodes, which typically require an external socket, 7-pin Vector socket-savers and an external power supply, then in my opinion, a pair of C3G's is clearly "end-game". But in order to use the Raytheon 6832, which is after all, a double triode, an external socket and Vectors are required. And if you have gone that far, you may as well set up an external power supply. Once everything is properly setup, there are a number of 6SN7's, E80CC's, E88CC's, and some of the other sub-miniatures, such as the Sylvania 7963, which rival the C3g's.
So, if someone wants a simple and relatively clean and neat "end-game" rig, C3g's are the only game in town. If someone is willing to deal with the messiness of external sockets, power supplies and such, the universe of "end-game" tubes is much larger.