I do think that the cheaper and slimmer 5C3S pairs better with the monster KT170. That big mains transformer in black is gorgeous. I didn't think Sowter will do black output transformers. Did Tomas have the end caps spray painted black?
I'm getting a 596 rectifier with custom made adapter from Jack of Woo Audio.
On the whole though, it's a unified look. Main controls all in front make sense but is this chassis wider than the silver Odyssey or the same size?
Power wise in both black and silver are the same @ 10w and 15w (triode and ultralinear) but you do have that impedance matching switch.
I suppose you could use pairs of 12au7, 12at7 or 12ax7 as drivers too? With adapters of course.
I think the case is 38 cm wide.
I do not know what he did to the end bells, but he had assured me they would be black!
Yes, about the power, apparently the amp sounded better with lower voltages and slightly less power than envisaged, I fully trust Tomas on this.
I may switch to KR Audio KT150s, they have a special edition that has an interesting shape, apart from sounding good of course.
As I said before, initially I will just out current production JJs in it, and see how things go.
I also have the Tung-Sol 6SL7 Gold-Pins and 5AR4s - I'll see which sound I prefer and go in that direction.
Yes the impedance switch helps, especially for the 50-60 ohm range which is were the HE-6SE and Susvara lay. Exactly the power figures I needed, and all class A.
As regards to the 12A*7, yes it can be done, Tomas confirmed.