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Favorite EL34s?
10/13/08 at 21:25:11
 
You know how it is, we're always looking for that "sound" and ever since my first guitar amp I've been playing around with power tubes to get that just right "flavor". . . .

Today I did a long and leisurely comparison in my Decware SE34 Monoblocks between EL34s from JJ (cryo'd), Mullard (Svetlana, cryo'd), Svetlana Winged Cs, and Valve Art E34Ls (cryo'd).

The winner is the Mullard reproductions followed by the Winged Cs.  The Mullards have surprised me; I remembered Eddie V's preemptive disdain for the tube, but tried a cryo'd pair out just for kicks.  They took a long time to "season" but once they did, they became my favorites. . . detailed and dynamic, with a nice rich, tight bass.  They best the Winged Cs with clarity and openness.

Anyone done any comparisons lately they'd like to share?
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Re: Favorite EL34s?
Reply #1 - 10/14/08 at 20:54:40
 
Howdy Lon,

You seem to have a nice collection of cryoed tubes .....  

Are you getting any of them from Cryoset ?

I recently ordered a matched pair of cryoed TAD EL84s and a matched pair of the cryoed Russian milspec 6N14N-EB tubes for my Select.

The prices seem reasonable.  They also have the cryoed Mullard EL84s for about the same price.  Based on your findings, I wish I would have ordered a pair of them while I was at it .....

Take care,

Randy
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Re: Favorite EL34s?
Reply #2 - 10/14/08 at 22:52:06
 
Hi Randy,

Yes.  My Mullard EL34s were from Cryoset (via ebay).  All my ohter cryo'd tubes are from www.tubeman.com --- I can certainly recommend that outfit.
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Re: Favorite EL34s?
Reply #3 - 10/16/08 at 15:53:02
 
Well as you recommended Cryoset, and Bob recommended RCA 12AU7s for the ZCD, I ordered a pair (I like to run the same tube in ZBox and ZCD, seems a good thing) of the cheapest RCA black plate 12AU7s that Cryoset offers. . . .
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