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EL Capitan
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Just got my TORII MK4
11/11/13 at 16:20:13
 
Hello All,

New amp arrived last Friday and have a question...

I upgraded to the KT-66's and had read on one of the forums they are supposed to have a blue "glow".  I barely see a blue speck in these, and one of the tubes is slightly dimmer than the other three.  The photo on the website shows a gorgeous blue tint, any other owners experience this problem?

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Re: Just got my TORII MK4
Reply #1 - 11/11/13 at 16:24:06
 

The photos on the page are probably long exposure to bring in more light...which exaggerates the tube glow quite a bit.

Under normal conditions, they should glow pretty much like any other tube. I did a quick google search for an example, Even this looks a little exaggerated by the camera, but is a decent example of what I mean.


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Reply #2 - 11/11/13 at 16:25:40
 

An example of tube glow with a long exposure.


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Reply #3 - 11/11/13 at 16:49:28
 
My Torii is supposed to arrive today.  I'm sorry that I won't get the bright blue effect.  I have to rearrange things so the Torii will be directly in front of me while I listen with the lights off.  This heightens my enjoyment.  Mark.
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Reply #4 - 11/11/13 at 17:16:13
 

If I recall correctly, some tubes have a bit more blue in them because they aren't 100% oxygen free vacuum. I've had various tubes over the years that glowed quite well, but they were usually older and probably made in a rush rather than expertly made NOS tubes from the heyday.
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Reply #5 - 11/11/13 at 17:49:34
 
Both quads of Tung Sol KT66's I've used in my MK IV conversion, had a slight blue glow to them.  

Some tubes have more of the blue "glow" than others.  It goes away after you get some hours on them.
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Reply #6 - 11/11/13 at 19:34:20
 
I have been reading the various MK IV posts, reviews, etc. for the past few months, and was awaiting mine with bated breath. UPS delivered this morning...had the day off, and was going to start this sucker up and get to it...and then...drumroll please.......it was someone else's amp! Is there a George Linens anywhere on the forum...paging George Linens! Though the amp waiting list had a Lineus G. from Florida, which might be the same guy under different tags. I've got your amp...and I am sure you've got mine!

What a fuckin bummer!
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Reply #7 - 11/11/13 at 20:01:33
 
Hi, I have been tracking my shipment which has arrived in Miami today. I live in Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies. Was the package address to you with my name? Should I contact the shipping agent in Miami?

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Reply #8 - 11/11/13 at 20:23:19
 
Hey what a bit of luck having you on the forum!

I received both packages addressed correctly to James Grillo at 55 Milford St in Mendon, MA. The box with tubes and power cord was correctly shipped as I got the KT66 Tung Sol upgrade. But, when I opened the Pelican Case, your name is on the bottom ownership sticker/serial number. It also seems to be the stock unit, with gold volume knob, correct? Mine was built with a mono/stereo switch and walnut volume knob.

Do what you think might be best. Worst case scenario, they fucked up more than one order instead of just mine and yours. Then they'd all have to be sent back to Illinois.

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Reply #9 - 11/11/13 at 20:25:29
 
I also just called and left a message with Sarah (though she won't be in the office until tomorrow), and sent both her and Steve an email about the whole situation.
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Reply #10 - 11/11/13 at 21:11:43
 
Man, that is a bummer.  Makes my "lack of blue" tubes not quite so bad.  I hope they fix it quickly for you both.

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Reply #11 - 11/11/13 at 21:20:17
 
Jgrillo, after reading about your ordeal, I decided that I better open my Torii MK IV that arrived earlier today. My order was correct...my name on the bottom of the amp and correct tubes sent.  I don't plan on hooking it up for a couple days because I have to get a table out of storage for it.  Plus I want to listen to the new ZP3 that came with it, with my burned in Taboo MK III and CSP3. Hope you get things straightened out quickly.  Mark.
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Reply #12 - 11/11/13 at 21:24:39
 
Hey Mark,

Please post your comments once you get it all setup, I'm interested in all the users comments.  I have a ZP3 on order, currently using my Marantz 2285 as a phono pre until it arrives.

I'm still getting use to this whole "tube amp' thing, as its my first; ever!

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Reply #13 - 11/11/13 at 21:51:14
 
I've got the ZP3 and have had it less than a year. It's a beautiful sounding phono pre that just takes any and all edge off the music. No grain, no fatigue, just pure music. The bass has continued to come in, sometimes more nuanced by the day. Overall an amazing upgrade for that price!

That's why I was so excited for the MK IV; $3000 of listening pleasure to bring out more of the best from my ZP3...whenever this gets remedied I will be in analog heaven!
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Reply #14 - 11/11/13 at 21:52:33
 
el_capitan, I've had my Taboo MK III for 3 months and a CSP 3 for about a month.  I only recently got speakers...Zu Audio "Souls"...for a short time.  I listen mainly with Audeze LCD 2.2 headphones but also have some Sennhiser HD 800s that I like only on certain recordings...too bright on most. I haven't rolled tubes yet and have been very pleased with both Decware Amps and I'm confident the others will exceed my expectations. I know the ZP3 will since I was able to use one for a few days in the past...it is heavenly.  I have trouble putting what I hear into words....I don't have the lingo down...but will report back with my experience once the Torii is burned in.  Mark.
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