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Thanks. I may check out the JJ.
I'd give the gold lion e88cc a shot. Wonderful sound.
That is the one tube I have not tried yet. I have decided to stop buying tubes though. I have reached the point where I totaled how much I spent and realized that I exhibited behavior consistent with an addict.
It's only a problem if you pay attention to it, I would just archive the email receipts and get another credit card!
After all it's only money... to spend is human, to hear music at it's best is divine.
The problem with this hobby is that the only way that you know that you have gone far enough is to realize that you went too far.
It is not the money that bothered me, it wss the "unfillable mouth" behavior.(Lobha) It was not my best side. Hence, my previous post about my shame.
At 150 hours, it probably won't change much. To be honest, I wouldn't call a tube "exciting" if you have "to listen at pretty low volume." I would call that 'annoying,' there is some excessive distortion or resonance going on. Not a great tube, OK, but not great, and it does have a slight excess and diffusion in the upper bass/lower mids, and correct, combined with the HD650, it could be intolerable.
How old, or burned, are the HD650s?
I agree the Gold Lions are a step in the right direction (don't have the JJs), but they still have a full upper bass/lower mids, although better defined. There are some others that have a little less emphasis in that area.
The HD650s have about 350 hours on them.
My favorite tube so far has been an NOS Sylvania 6DJ8. However, I'd really like to find a current production tube that is as good. I don't like buying NOS tubes, they are either too expensive or iffy in quality and it feels like a form of gambling.
I liked the Sylvania among my NOS tubes as well. Here is the final order my tubes ranked, for what its worth:
1. JJ Gold pin
2. NOS 7308 Mullard
3. NOS Telefunken E88CC
4. JJ standard pin
5. NOS Sylvania
6. NOS Phillips PCC88
7. NOS Toshiba PCC88
8. NOS Mazda ECC804
9. Electro Harmonix E88CC
10. GE 6bz7 (stock tube)
Thanks, that's very helpful.
You may find this interesting. Mullard factory tour
New day, new...old tube:
National Union VT-99/6f8G
Wow, looks like another FrankenVali! How does it sound?