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Who cares about sockets. It has carpet.
Newbie tube roller: one pair
Intermediate tube roller: backup for the pair
Advanced tube roller: backup for the backup pair
Extreme tube Roller: backup for the backup for the backup pair
@Ripper2860 tube roller: too many backups to count without a Price Waterhouse auditor in-house
I know, the carpeting is what's saving this overpriced motley crew selection.
Finally got around to trying the Amperex 7316 1959 D getters. With the 6XX I was decidedly unimpressed, especially coming off the Valvo PWs. I’ll have to try them again with different headphones but if they still sound drab and dull they’re going back on the market.
You need to listen to @bcowen GE tubes first, then you can listen to the 7316 again and be impressed.
Bass is nice and controlled. I'd say average for amount of bass, not going to shake the house down...
The Tubemongers are in, the 12A*7 to ECC88 adapters. Got 2 pair for both my amps. Helped big time with my very micro 59 6201 PW pair.
Not sure that these adapters would eliminate ALL microphonics, but taking a very microphonic tube and toning it down is a big step!
I tried these TM adapters with 5 pairs of 12AU7 in the LP and am pleased with their performance.
I can make an absolute guarantee: any tube you listen to after a GE will sound glorious. Well, I mean if you listen to the GE after listening to a Philips blue label ECG. Yeah, then.
Seriously, the Amperex 7316 sounded righteous in a long departed Cary preamp. It was also pretty nice in the Vali 2, although not my top pick in that amp. In the Lyr 3? Pretty meh at best. Seems to be either highly amp dependent or 'phone dependent, or possibly I just can't hear worth a schiit anymore. Nah, can't be that.
All this bad 7316 talk is bad news for some sellers, please edit your post to be more 7316 friendly. Seriously been doing some comparisons with the same year 1958 7316 and 1958 D-getter 6922. 7316 hands down. Same with 59 7316 (crappy short plates) vs 1959 D-getter Heerlen E88CC. 7316 winner again. The E88CC/6922 while an awsome tube is dull and lifeless in comparison.
I have the 7316 long plates in now. More layers than an onion! They have so much depth that you could almost walk right into them.
That sounds like fun!
You guys............jb77, TK16, bcowen, mattrudy80, Ripper2860, koover (as well as MANY others) have been the pioneers in buying good bad or so-so tubes all along the way.
I figured it was time for me to make an oddball purchase and report back. After seeing yesterday post from fotomeow about the 'sale' price I bought a pair of the Black Stealth Tele G73R. I was willing to spend $300 on this pair but not the full price of $800!!!
I have no idea if they are any better than the Tele smooth plate 12AU7 I have or the ultra hyped ECC802S (that I do NOT have) but we will see!
Special thanks to fotomeow for posting the Tube Depot sale.
Way to take one for the team!
I`m working on the spray painting of the Tele ECC82 smooth plates, would of cost you about $20 less too.