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Tube adapters are no substitute for design.

There was a recent thread on UK site HiFi Wigwam where a guy put a lot of money into boutique 6SN7s plus adapters and 6N30 tubes for a piece of equipment designed for 6N6P tubes. He hadn't even tried the 6N6P tubes that came with it. He'd just read somewhere that 6SN7 tubes were "better" so should sound better in his equipment. Of course they didn't. In the end he put the 6N6P tubes in and surprise, surprise, they sounded the best.

It may well be the case that you can "design" a better sound. But do it the right way - teach yourself tube technology and then design the circuit correctly. If you don't understand the circuit how can you modify it? Plenty of tube tutorials and books available. Something to do over the winter if you love tubes.

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