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 06-25-2015, 06:44 PM
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Class A sound is wonderful. Back in the day, I opted for more power with KT88s and 12AX7s:

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 06-25-2015, 06:49 PM
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(06-25-2015, 06:44 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: Class A sound is wonderful. Back in the day, I opted for more power with KT88s and 12AX7s:

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The classic MC275. Very nice tube amps. Today I have a pair of MC60.

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 06-25-2015, 06:58 PM
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Lorenzo, what are those blue streaks? That's a swell visual! What kind of tubes are they?    Man i wish i'd have known you a few years back - you would have had a field day! It never occurred to take any pics at the time, so i don't have any visual record of it. However i  did actually write a list. Ask me if i can put my hands on it Facepalm.  Anyway, part of what my Dad left behind was his stash of old tubes. There must have been 200, easy, maybe more. There were tubes for old radios, tvs, hi-fi, ham radio, you name it. Naturally, i held on to the 6L/V6s and 12AT/X7s! It took about six months of on again off again legwork , but i eventually sold everything. Probably got pennies on the dollar for them. When i clear a path in my storage room i'll dig out what i have left and take a picture. They're still in the original boxes. Most are GEs, but i also may have some Phillips and a few others. I remember there was also a bunch of military surplus. They were all labeled, coded and boxed appropriately.

Thanks for bringing back some fond memories of my Dad.

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 06-25-2015, 07:56 PM
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Marantz Model 9s with EL34s. There were cheap original pairs still available back in the '80s, which I passed on. Then prices skyrocketed. Glorious colored sound.

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 06-25-2015, 09:33 PM
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'79 Rickenbacker 4001 into this into 2 JBL E140 15's.   Yep.[Image: 3BM1yqP.gif][Image: zKp6qcF.jpg]

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 06-25-2015, 09:41 PM
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Four EL34's,  three 7025's (lower noise version of the 12AX7), and one 12AT7 used as the phase inverter to the power section.

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 06-26-2015, 07:30 AM
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(06-25-2015, 06:58 PM)chazt Wrote: Lorenzo, what are those blue streaks? That's a swell visual! What kind of tubes are they?    Man i wish i'd have known you a few years back - you would have had a field day! It never occurred to take any pics at the time, so i don't have any visual record of it. However i  did actually write a list. Ask me if i can put my hands on it Facepalm.  Anyway, part of what my Dad left behind was his stash of old tubes. There must have been 200, easy, maybe more. There were tubes for old radios, tvs, hi-fi, ham radio, you name it. Naturally, i held on to the 6L/V6s and 12AT/X7s! It took about six months of on again off again legwork , but i eventually sold everything. Probably got pennies on the dollar for them. When i clear a path in my storage room i'll dig out what i have left and take a picture. They're still in the original boxes. Most are GEs, but i also may have some Phillips and a few others. I remember there was also a bunch of military surplus. They were all labeled, coded and boxed appropriately.

Thanks for bringing back some fond memories of my Dad.

Charlie, the valve is a Western Electric 300B triod, was first manufactured in 1933. they are now commonly used in Single-Ended, Triode Amplifiers. The very deep blue color are really beautiful. It can appear wherever the electrons from the cathode can strike a solid object. 


Best valves are once produced, before the era of the transistor, they had to be reliable because almost everything depended on them to work. The materials used nowadays can not be used anymore because of legislation, etc. People who have old tubes, NOS, have a good cash on hand. The valves made in USA GE, RCA, etc..and the valves made in Europe Telefunken, Mullard, etc .have a wonderful sound. 


I'm glad you brought good memories of your Dad.



Cheers!


Lorenzo

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 06-26-2015, 07:37 AM
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(06-25-2015, 07:56 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: [Image: pnZnsvb.jpg] [Image: 3D4Fd7c.jpg]

Marantz Model 9s with EL34s. There were cheap original pairs still available back in the '80s, which I passed on. Then prices skyrocketed. Glorious colored sound.

Beautiful. Are those point to point wiring?

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 06-26-2015, 07:47 AM
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(06-25-2015, 07:56 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: [Image: pnZnsvb.jpg] [Image: 3D4Fd7c.jpg]

Marantz Model 9s with EL34s. There were cheap original pairs still available back in the '80s, which I passed on. Then prices skyrocketed. Glorious colored sound.
Ron,


Marantz 9 original is a wonder amplifier, it is still a legend and has very high prices. I still have the Marantz 7C and 8B amplifier, both are original.



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 06-26-2015, 08:33 AM
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(06-26-2015, 07:37 AM)avenolpey Wrote:
(06-25-2015, 07:56 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: [Image: pnZnsvb.jpg] [Image: 3D4Fd7c.jpg]

Marantz Model 9s with EL34s. There were cheap original pairs still available back in the '80s, which I passed on. Then prices skyrocketed. Glorious colored sound.

Beautiful.  Are those point to point wiring?

The originals, yes. The later rebuilds also.

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 06-26-2015, 08:52 AM
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Lorenzo, sounds like you have a wonderful collection of tubes. I was friendly with a high-end dealer back then, and every room in his house had a different set-up, but always tubes: Marantz 9's in one, Mac in another, a wonderful Dynavector Japanese stereo tube amp whose model number I can't recall, and single-ended in yet another. They drove sets of Quads, Sound Labs, and one of those super-efficient horn speaker systems that could handle the low-power 300B's. The latter was mostly hand-built and the most incredible of all. This was all before the age of auto-biasing, and I quickly became tired of biasing and changing tubes myself, so switched over to solid state Macs and Brystons. I also gave up following the stereo magazines years ago, but every so often check over at 6moons.com since they're very fond of reviewing the most esoteric tube and loudspeaker systems. Reading about it, I sorta wish I hadn't strayed.

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 06-26-2015, 01:42 PM
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My Graybar 310

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 06-26-2015, 04:20 PM
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(06-26-2015, 08:52 AM)rsp1202 Wrote: Lorenzo, sounds like you have a wonderful collection of tubes. I was friendly with a high-end dealer back then, and every room in his house had a different set-up, but always tubes: Marantz 9's in one, Mac in another, a wonderful Dynavector Japanese stereo tube amp whose model number I can't recall, and single-ended in yet another. They drove sets of Quads, Sound Labs, and one of those super-efficient horn speaker systems that could handle the low-power 300B's. The latter was mostly hand-built and the most incredible of all. This was all before the age of auto-biasing, and I quickly became tired of biasing and changing tubes myself, so switched over to solid state Macs and Brystons. I also gave up following the stereo magazines years ago, but every so often check over at 6moons.com since they're very fond of reviewing the most esoteric tube and loudspeaker systems. Reading about it, I sorta wish I hadn't strayed.
Ron,



Since teenager I like audio, music connects your body with your soul. I have some tube amps and also transistor. The collection features push-pull amps, Single ended, OTL. and Ayre transistor. Pre amps Marantz 7C and Mark levinson by Mark Levinson. and some speakers. The store that you said should be a paradise hahaha. I also read TAS and 6moons.com .The reviews are top-notch.



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 06-26-2015, 04:27 PM
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(06-26-2015, 01:42 PM)primotenore Wrote: [Image: BDA5uZ1.jpg]
My Graybar 310
Primo,


I loved your receiver, looks brand new. Congrats!


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 06-26-2015, 04:39 PM
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(06-25-2015, 09:33 PM)Laird Wrote: '79 Rickenbacker 4001 into this into 2 JBL E140 15's.   Yep.[Image: 3BM1yqP.gif][Image: zKp6qcF.jpg]
Laird,


The sound must be top-notch. Great musicians use your amp. Congrats ! I love JBL. I have some models 4350, 4343, L100 and components like woofer, driver, tweeter. I also love TAD.


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 06-26-2015, 04:40 PM
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Through my acquaintances at various stereo emporiums and with a couple of reviewers for The Absolute Sound, I got to listen to and try out some outrageously good equipment. It was such a fun time, and I learned to appreciate music at a whole new level. I also spent way too much money trying to maintain that level -- but we all know how that goes. I should never complain about spending money for shaving gear since it's a lot less expensive than stereo.

Ayre makes wonderful solid-state amplifiers. I would match them up with Cardas interconnects and Quad electrostats or Harbeth monitors, and that would anchor a pretty decent system I could live with right now. Tubes? I'd use them with my Stax headphone system. Biggrin

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 06-26-2015, 05:24 PM
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(06-26-2015, 04:40 PM)rsp1202 Wrote: Through my acquaintances at various stereo emporiums and with a couple of reviewers for The Absolute Sound, I got to listen to and try out some outrageously good equipment. It was such a fun time, and I learned to appreciate music at a whole new level. I also spent way too much money trying to maintain that level -- but we all know how that goes. I should never complain about spending money for shaving gear since it's a lot less expensive than stereo.

Ayre makes wonderful solid-state amplifiers. I would match them up with Cardas interconnects and Quad electrostats or Harbeth monitors, and that would anchor a pretty decent system I could live with right now. Tubes? I'd use them with my Stax headphone system. Biggrin
Ron

Quad electrostats with OTL great set !  Your headphones are top-notch quality. We never more complain about spending money for shaving gear !!!   Thumbup

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 06-26-2015, 10:38 PM
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(06-26-2015, 04:39 PM)Lorenzo Wrote:
(06-25-2015, 09:33 PM)Laird Wrote: '79 Rickenbacker 4001 into this into 2 JBL E140 15's.   Yep.[Image: 3BM1yqP.gif][Image: zKp6qcF.jpg]
Laird,


The sound must be top-notch. Great musicians use your amp. Congrats ! I love JBL. I have some models 4350, 4343, L100 and components like woofer, driver, tweeter. I also love TAD.


Lorenzo.

Yes.  And the last few decades have seen many players adopting the use of solid state digital "modelling" amps that have presets that the manufacturers claim will emulate the sound and character of all the famous tube amps.  When I do a bass session at a studio,  I split the signal to the console via a D.I. box as well as setting up this amp with a microphone on the speaker.  The recording engineers and producers always say........... Ya, that sounds a lot better than the digital modelling amps.

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 06-27-2015, 04:05 AM
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(06-26-2015, 10:38 PM)Laird Wrote:
(06-26-2015, 04:39 PM)Lorenzo Wrote:
(06-25-2015, 09:33 PM)Laird Wrote: '79 Rickenbacker 4001 into this into 2 JBL E140 15's.   Yep.[Image: 3BM1yqP.gif][Image: zKp6qcF.jpg]
Laird,


The sound must be top-notch. Great musicians use your amp. Congrats ! I love JBL. I have some models 4350, 4343, L100 and components like woofer, driver, tweeter. I also love TAD.


Lorenzo.

Yes.  And the last few decades have seen many players adopting the use of solid state digital "modelling" amps that have presets that the manufacturers claim will emulate the sound and character of all the famous tube amps.  When I do a bass session at a studio,  I split the signal to the console via a D.I. box as well as setting up this amp with a microphone on the speaker.  The recording engineers and producers always say........... Ya, that sounds a lot better than the digital modelling amps.

Perhaps always will be better hahaha

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