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Old 20th February 2003, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default help needed from the 300b crowd!

Ok. I got my 300b amplifier.

Now : which brand of tube to buy?

Since this is my first set, and i'll probably bias them too hot and burn them out quick or something...i want to go with a lesser-cost brand... So WE is right out.

So : between Valve Art and ElectroHarmonix, who makes the better 300b ? ( i think these both go for about $40-50 each )

Are there better manufacturers that are in the same ballpark price range?

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Old 20th February 2003, 11:13 PM   #2
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How about this link?
http://www.stereophile.com/showarchives.cgi?229
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Old 21st February 2003, 01:14 AM   #3
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Default 300B.

Hi,

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So : between Valve Art and ElectroHarmonix, who makes the better 300b ? ( i think these both go for about $40-50 each )
For the record Electro-Harmonix does NOT manufacture any type of tube.

My vote would go to the Svetlana 300B, not overpriced as the WE and a close copy nonetheless.

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Old 21st February 2003, 03:52 AM   #4
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Hello,

Here is another link for an equally interesting test about different 300Bs. By the way, there is no reason why you should "fry" your tubes, providing you take a few minutes to choose a proper bias/voltage setting. Your 300Bs should last long, very long. Enjoy!

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Old 21st February 2003, 03:55 AM   #5
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Default Oops!!

Here it is: http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazin...ent/1201/300b/
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Old 21st February 2003, 04:03 AM   #7
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Default Another review

http://www.worldaudiodesign2.co.uk/p...5300bvalve.pdf

I have some of the EH 'Gold Grid' 300B's that I got a short while ago. They're not in a circuit yet so no comment on how they sound. If you hunt around, you can get them <i>much</i> cheaper than the MSRP.
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Old 21st February 2003, 06:38 AM   #8
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I quite enjoyed the Valve Art 300Bs I had. I got them from Angela Instruments. I think they were the Angela branded ones.

Later I regretted keeping the Svetlanas in favor of the Valve Arts. The Svetlanas turned out to be weird and one has since failed, but that's my own fault. I bought them from someone selling them as factory new, but cheaply on eBay. I think they were rejects or seconds.
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Old 21st February 2003, 08:49 AM   #9
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Jeff...

a lot of Svetlana's fail...
but if they last you past 6 months..they should keep you happy for quite a while.

Apparently there is something about the filament in the svets..heating up cooling down that breaks the filament as they contract and expand over the "thingies" that hold them in position.

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Old 21st February 2003, 01:46 PM   #10
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Default Dirt cheap

Hi,

Just for experimenting you could buy a pair from this guy
kwtubes
his 300B's are only $25 and go for the more expensive stuff when you're satisfied with your measurements.

good luck

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