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I'm pretty sure that I bought a pair of Visseaux 6J5G from you a few years back. Thanks again, I'm still running them in a Toolshed SET 2-channel vinyl rig.
Before I suggest a killer tube amp...what headphones do you own?
Yes, that was me!
I really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you realize this will require a report be filed with the Tube Forum Association. They're usually not total a-holes like the Tube Sellers Association, but you may be required to send all forum members a pair of HiVacs to make amends. Best to always send the first pair to the messenger (that would be me) rather than shoot him.
Learned a few things in the past couple weeks:
1) It actually *is* possible to make chicken salad out of chicken schiit. Not universally of course, but in some, um, cases.
2) The difference between a challenge and a PITA is a challenge is not necessarily a PITA. This was the latter.
3) Never, ever, ever, ever, ever buy a vintage tester with a ratty case. I mean unless you like ratty looking stuff. The effort to un-rat it is, well, a PITA.
For reference, this was the beautiful condition Hickok 800A I started with:
@nwavesailor Glad to see that you made it over here!
The Ether2 are 16ohms, correct? What amp are you running now? Please tell us about the rest of your rig, so we can help you spend your money
Very kind offer!
And as a helpful starting point, forum convention is that tube expenditures must be equal to or greater than 10x the cost of the amp.
Don't know WTF happened, but I've cleaned up my mess created by posting a reply and quoting the wrong post.
Wow. You've really outdone yourself with this one. Kudos to a job very well done!!!
(Now take what you've learned and give the 752 case a good once-over!!)
Yes, 16ohm for the E2.
Still using a hybrid Garage 1217 Starlight (not really enough power for the E2) and a Gilmore lite Mk2 ss amp. iPod into a Oppo HA2-SE (line out) used as a Sabre DAC into the Starlight or HeadAmp Gilmore Lite. I have also preordered the HeadAmp GS-X mini for another ss option as the Gilmore sounded so good.
I sometimes use the iPod > to Oppo DAC (line out) > into the Gilmore amp (as a preamp) then > into the Garage 1217 as the amp I do have enough output to drive the Ether 2.
I am not too excited to again chase and search a new batch of top tier tubes like the guys do to some degree on the Lyr forum as well on the Feliks and Woo forums. I sold you the 6J5G because I had 3 pairs of them and still have 2 pairs NOS left!!!
Chasing tubes was fun but now I have collected a ton of rectifiers and output tubes I don't use. I know how frantic I get with any new piece of tube gear about finding the very best sounding tubes. I'm sure I could easily get caught up in the 'tube hunt' again but would like to possibly use what I already own. That's why I keep circling back to the LP. I have tubes I can already use as well as (hopefully) a 'quiet' pair of WE 2C51.
There is nothing keeping me from just ordering the LP from Amazon, having it in 2 days and trying it for 30 days............then I look at the Feliks, Woo and other offerings and my head spins!
Fortunately the 752 case wasn't a train wreck. And knowing it was for you, I just sprayed a little windex on it and considered it done.
OTOH, the 539B wasn't quite in train wreck category, but it was a challenge. Fortunately not a textbook PITA though.....
See now? That wasn't hard at all -- was it??
If I bought this could you do your magic with the case it came in?
Absolutely! You'd be highly impressed with my cardboard prowess.
I won't mention that packed like that the guts are almost certainly destroyed beyond any hope of resuscitation. But who cares as long as it looks good....
Who are you directing this to? Here's the before and after of your 752. Windex is magical stuff. Did you want me to work on the insides too?