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post #256 of 372

@ kchew

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@ Dubstep Girl

Really enjoyed his Rectifier shootout! Equally enjoyed yours that followed... 

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post #257 of 372
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I did it. I gave in and got myself a Western Electric 422A. It arrived a few days ago and it has spent only a few hours in my WA22, so I don't have detailed impressions yet. But right now I rank it among the greats like the 596, CV378 Big Bottle and EML 5U4G Mesh. Now that I have gotten the rectifier itch again, perhaps it's time to start huntin for a U52 as well?

 

And another great thing about the WE422A? Not only does it sound good, it looks good at night as well.

 

 

Countryman! Did you get your 422A off ebay or did you find some obscure little store here to get tubes? 

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Thanks guys, this WE422A was the very last piece from vacuumtubes.com, I paid much less than what Evilbay is asking for as it is used but tests strong and has a repaired base and loose glass chunks inside. It might be worth it to start asking online retailers, you never know what you might find! Proper impressions from me would have to wait till next month as I will be going overseas for some time soon.

And yes, the glow is the brightest among the rectifiers I have. EML 5U4G has a nice filament but is just above average in brightness. CV378 big bottle was previously the brightest with two exposed filaments, but now this has overthrown it. And if look at the full resolution image, you can see a pale blue streak on one of the plates which adds a nice mysterious look.
Edited by kchew - 3/2/14 at 9:13pm
post #259 of 372
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Originally Posted by magiccabbage View Post
 

how much is the 422a going for these days? Any increase in price?


I paid 400 for mine recently, bought it used.


Edited by punit - 3/2/14 at 10:38pm
post #260 of 372
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I paid 400 for mine recently, bought it used.

I've been listening too the 5V4G for about a week now, and I'll tell you for $45.00U.S., this tube is a steal!!! IMO/IME. Thanks for the reminder that I had it on my favorites.

I will let the tube burn-in for about a month, and then give my opinion betweenn the S/P 274B and the Mullard 5V4G. 

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Originally Posted by joseph69 View Post
 

I've been listening too the 5V4G for about a week now, and I'll tell you for $45.00U.S., this tube is a steal!!! IMO/IME. Thanks for the reminder that I had it on my favorites.

I will let the tube burn-in for about a month, and then give my opinion betweenn the S/P 274B and the Mullard 5V4G. 


what drivers are you using with them ?

post #262 of 372

I'm using Slyvania 6SN7 driver tubes.

post #263 of 372

joseph69:

 

I have a Woo Audio WA6 and have been using a Mullard GZ32, ( same as a 5V4G in the Mullard as I understand it ), and love that rectifier. I too am using 6SN7's in the WA6 and my favorites are a set of Brimar's from the 50's and Ken-Rad's ( clear glass ) VT231's. Have tried 4 other rectifiers and the Mullard is my all around favorite.


Edited by TUBEBO - 3/4/14 at 11:53am
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joseph69:

 

I have a Woo Audio WA6 and have been a Mullard GZ32, ( same as a 5V4G in the Mullard as I understand it ), and love that rectifier. I too am using 6SN7's in the WA6 and my favorites are a set of Brimar's from the 50's and Ken-Rad's ( clear glass ) VT231's. Have tried 4 other rectifiers and the Mullard is my all around favorite.

Yes, this is the same Mullard I have. I also have the stock rectifier tube that came with the WA6, but I never even tried it because I ordered the amp with the S/P 274B. I only have the 5V4G/GZ32 for a week, but so far I'm liking it very much, but it needs plenty more burn-in. Last night I was listening to The Carpenters, because I haven't listened to any vocals with this set tube yet, only Smooth/Lounge/Chill-Jazz Cd's, and I must say Karen Carpenters vocals with this tube really surprised me…they were extremely sibilant/harsh, at moderate levels, that I could only listen at low levels, where as the Jazz I've been listening to since I've gotten the tube is only getting better and better. So I hope its just a matter of burn-in, if not thats fine, because the S/P sounds amazing with vocals. At least for the Jazz (which I probably listen too 75-85% of the time), for $45.00U.S., I'm pretty impressed with the detail/clarity and the instrument separation is great. I particularly like the percussion instruments with this tube, they sound very real (life like) too me.


Edited by joseph69 - 3/4/14 at 8:15am
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If only those beatifull tubes didnt cost so much... 

I cant afford this awsomeness.

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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post
 

If only those beatifull tubes didnt cost so much... 

I cant afford this awsomeness.

 

You can get some of the cheaper ones. I see a few RK60s on eBay going for around 30 USD, and some RCA 5U4Gs going for around 40 USD. 

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Can anyone give an impression on the sound of the 6FD7 (fat bottle)? Thanks.

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I will send you a pair free if you want to try them. I have dozens, and no amp that uses them anymore.
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joseph69:

 

I would take-up Skylab up on his generous offer on send you a pair of fat bottle 6DF7's.  I had a pair of RCA's from the late 60's in my Woo Audio WA6 and they are very good. They have good bass and a nice full lively sound with good dynamics, and a nice warmth without getting too fat sounding. I did make the switch to using 6SN7's with Woos adapters, but made that decision based on the large variety of different sounding types of 6SN7's,  and to help satisfy my tube rolling addiction! And I do like the deeper soundstage and extra warmth of some of the 6SN7's offer.

 

But make no mistake, the fat bottle 6DF7 is no slouch, and I really liked that tube!

post #270 of 372
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I will send you a pair free if you want to try them. I have dozens, and no amp that uses them anymore.

I really appreciate the offer, but I've already ordered the 6FD7 (fat bottle) tubes from Woo, I'm just waiting to receive them, but thank you very much!!!

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Originally Posted by TUBEBO View Post
 

joseph69:

 

I would take-up Skylab up on his generous offer on send you a pair of fat bottle 6DF7's.  I had a pair of RCA's from the late 60's in my Woo Audio WA6 and they are very good. They have good bass and a nice full lively sound with good dynamics, and a nice warmth without getting too fat sounding. I did make the switch to using 6SN7's with Woos adapters, but made that decision based on the large variety of different sounding types of 6SN7's,  and to help satisfy my tube rolling addiction! And I do like the deeper soundstage and extra warmth of some of the 6SN7's offer.

 

But make no mistake, the fat bottle 6DF7 is no slouch, and I really liked that tube!

I also already use Sylvania 1966-6SN7WGTA's in my WA6, and I like them very much, but I wanted to try the 6FD7's too see how they sound.

I just hope they don't sound like the 6GL7/6EM7, because I really didn't like these tubes at all, IME.


Edited by joseph69 - 3/12/14 at 6:27pm
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