Originally Posted by CoiL
Amperex 6DJ8/ECC88 orange globe, Miniwatt/Dario PCC189 (NOT same as miniwatt pcc189 ! ) and Ultron PCC189 are the must have tubes imho. For electronic atmospheric music JAN Sylvania 6922 is littlebit better than 6922EH but not really worth to get if you have already 6922EH, unless you get it cheap like I did.
My favorite tubes at the moment are Telefunken 7DJ8, Amperex A-frame 6DJ8 and Siemens 7DJ8. They all have their strenghts and weaknesses, but they also complement each other very well. I could actually see myself coming along just fine with these three tubes alone.
I guess I don't have to tell you again how that Amperex sounds, but it's indeed very lush and mellow sounding tube with great soundstage and imaging. Highly musical with great mids and vocal presence. Its major downside is, however, the lack of clarity and tightness especially in low frequencies. The bass is somewhat boomy and lacks the resolution if compared to some other tubes.
This leads me to Telefunken, which is easily the most natural sounding tube in my collection. I really enjoy its wide holographic super transparent presentation. Everything seem neutral without any coloration whatsoever. The most obvious downside is the slightly laid back vocals. It can also feel less musical and engaging as compared to the more aggressive and lusher tubes.
Siemens is the vocal king! Seems like everything is laid in a way that vocals can really shine. Goes very well with acoustic and semi acoustic songs as well as those good old oldies. I enjoy this tube especially when listening artists such as Chet Atkins and Bobby Vinton. It's also suprisingly good for rock and blues thanks to the focused sound stage and imaging.
It seems I just won 4 Amperex orange globe A-frames for $21.61 + $16 for shipping. I really don't need all 4 of them so I'm willing to sell 2 or even 3 of them for anyone who is interested of trying them out or just needs a spare tube for their collection. I might have to pay customs (24%), but could probably sell them for about €10 a piece + shipping. If you live in EU the postage in bubble plastic envelope should be only few euros. It was this listing if you want to check the photos and measurement results: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amperex-Holland-A-Frame-6DJ8-ECC88-dimpled-disc-getter-strong-matched-quad-/160992730854?_trksid=p2047675.l2557&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEWNX%3AIT&nma=true&si=%252B%252B%252BJ9Pq7QFeWIWEWSYMh9%252FHj5Uk%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc
I will of course also test that they work in my T1 before sending them. I could also sell one of my rocket logos, my gold lion, Electro Harmonix and maybe even one of my Teles or Valvos. PM me if interested.
Edited by Salvatore - 3/25/13 at 5:11am