Any particular 6fd7 brand you suggest? I will keep Bottlehead crack just for HD650. And use WA6 for LCD2.
Is sophia a good choice? I still can cancel it if it's not
i have sylvania, im not sure how the others compare, but most should be good, the older the better as always.
sophia is very good with 6fd7 or 6ew7 (this one is better with hd 650)
keeping for WA22, if it disappoints, then i will return to the WA2, and perhaps i will sell.
actually no, i'll save them and invest
Yeah, that's true, 300b is expensive. I've heard a Stratus at a meet, sounded really nice with Sophia 2A3. But that blue, man...I wish Mr North would give you options.
I have this Mullard GZ34 fat base tube with code F31 B9B, it has no hole in center pin and have "import" written on it, i have read somewere that it could be an early US made tube, maybe late 50's? if anybode knows anything about the history of this tube i would realy appreciate it.
Hello WA6ers. After reading this entire thread, I think I'll finally post. I have a non SE WA6, currently with stock tubes paired with middling HD595 phones and a middling DACMagic dac, and a very decent Clearaudio Emotion SE TT. I'm looking to upgrade tubes and cans. It looks like HD650, T1, LCD-2 can match well with this amp, and I will probably get one of those eventually, but I am also looking for a closed headphone so I can enjoy in my living room while others watch TV. Any recs in addition to Fostex TH900, which may be too $$$ for me? TH600? I mostly listen to indie rock, electronic, and classical. I also just found out that I have some moderate hearing loss in the upper voice register range (I'm only 30! Why did it feel so good to stick my head in front of speakers when I was a kid?!) and am sensitive to harshness and brightness....
As far as tubes go, I think I'm going to try out an assortment of cheap versions of the power tubes most listed on this thread: 6FD7, 6EM7, 6DE7, 6GL7 and a 5r4gys rectifier to start with. Anyway, hopefully this thread hasn't died with DubstepGirl ousting her WA6SE. I'm just getting started!
Welcome to WA6(SE)land. I think you will like the 6DE7(the GE has a gorgeous midrange) and 6FD7. I never tried the 6GL7 due to the mixed responses in this thread. I found the 6EW7 too soft in the bass and on top for rock music. 6DR7 are another cheap tube worth trying. They seemed a little unimpressive with the HE-500, but they pair well with my Grados. I think you have the option to use 6SN7 too(with an adapter?). The Philips 5R4GYS is a nice step up from the stock Shuguang rectifier. Got mine for $45 last year, think I've seen prices go up a little since then.
Got nothing to post. Still uber happy with my WA6 and fav combo of 6FD7, mighty 596, 325i and music, music, music! Lovin' that vinyl.
Thinking of trying a 5r4gy from Jim at vacuumtubesinc.com. He has RCA branded coke bottle and a phillips 5r4gyB (straight sided) that's probably american made. There is also a philips 5r4gys dutch army nos on ebay delivered from the Netherlands.
I've seen at least one comment that the RCA version was disappointing compared to only positive comments about the phillips. Does it need to be phillips? I could try both the RCA and straight sided phillips from Jim for the same cost as the Dutch phillips model . . .