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Old 7th December 2017, 09:09 PM   #11
Steve Morley is online now Steve Morley  Canada
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One more, well really two more things:
1. Tungsol reissue 12AT7 are decent, almost as good as NOS Mullard and not nearly so flaky and fraught with problems.
2. Try replacing the coupling caps (C3, 4, 9 & 10) with mid grade Mundorfs. Even the standard Supreme (about at about $11 each) should provide a sonic lift. Just put 50 to 100 hours on them before judging.

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Old 8th December 2017, 01:06 AM   #12
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One more, well really two more things:
1. Tungsol reissue 12AT7 are decent, almost as good as NOS Mullard and not nearly so flaky and fraught with problems.
2. Try replacing the coupling caps (C3, 4, 9 & 10) with mid grade Mundorfs. Even the standard Supreme (about at about $11 each) should provide a sonic lift. Just put 50 to 100 hours on them before judging.

Steve
Yes, Steve I'm already using the Tungsol 12AT7 (great recommendation), as for coupling caps, I went with Wima MKP-10, fit really nice, I've been so tempted to go with the Mundorf upgrade but I have liked the sound from this amp so well I've stalled, since you recommend I guess I'm gonna have to do it..I'll let you know how it turns out...Thanks man, Cheers...
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Old 13th December 2017, 01:37 AM   #13
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Default 6550 tube

The 6550 tube in this amp is by far my favorite so far. Wow, I have done many many comparisons, the 6550 is huge, full big punchy bass, crisp detailed highs, seems to be much tighter than the KT88's. I know this is subjective but isn't that what HIFI is all about...I'm having fun with this great amp...
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Old 15th December 2017, 01:30 AM   #14
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Default Genalex Upgrade

I just updated my tubes to Genalex. One of my stock 6L6 tubes was having problems and tripping the protection circuit so I took advantage of some black friday shopping deals and finally upgraded. I went with KT-88s and upgraded the 12au7s and 12at7s as well ( I also have the TU-8500 pre-amp). I must say, I feel like I ran the stock tubes too long. I still plan to eventually open up the amp and try the different modes, but immediately I was hearing detail I hadn't heard before and the bass definitely filled in more. I am running some Fostex FE206EN full range back-loaded horns that I built from a Madisound kit. I put on a copy of Wish You Were Here that I had just picked up as a first listen and was blown away by my meager system all over again.
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