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In Reply to: NO!!! it isn't safer posted by Russ57 on April 10, 2007 at 10:19:02:
Forgive my cluelessness as a tube naïf! I decided to not even try substitutions or exact matches, but just stay with the 12AU7 proper until I get bored... holding off on NOS until I make the rounds of current-runs as well as I can.
I just got back from a guitar shop and, uh... the Electro-Harmonix tubes kick ass. I wasn't all that impressed with their 12AX7 but the AU is stellar. The tubes that came with the Foreplay were a pair of Eis and were entirely, skull-crushingly pedestrian. I knew there was better out there because they couldn't get much more MOR, and I found some better ones. Hooray. Great buy.
If you don't care to post that in public email me at rbrunt(at)mercymiami(dot)org. Perhaps I can suggest someone in your area to hook up with.
You really should head over to the bottlehead forum. A lot like RCA cleartop 12au7's (too bright to me). The brimar (forget the number) is a big time favorite. Personally I kinda like the siemens. My 2 buds both have foreplays so I have heard a buch of tubes in them. But neither have the foreplay 2. And yes, you want to use the foreplay if you possibly can. Properly tricked out it kicks the crap outta the other stuff.
And hey dude, don't worry about coming off as clueless. That is what we are here for. You can't learn if you act like you know it all and don't ask them dumb questions now and then:) So ask away and feel free to email. I am glad to explain things. And ofcourse do search the archives here before asking them dumb questions for tons of great answers. Ditto on the asylum FAQ's
...RCA clear tops, RCA 5963 black-plates, Tung-Sol 12au7a's, Toshiba 5963's and ecc82's, and various three-mica 5814's. It's also fun to try some of the relabeled organ pulls (Conn, DuMont, Baldwin, etc). Of course, then you can get into the real esoterics wih price to boot (is the next 10% worth 3 times the price?). Lots of value and enjoyment in the basics!
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