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After 30 years of chasing audio bliss and only finding short lived satisfaction, I bought my first tubed stereo integrated. A Scott 299 with EL-84 outputs. I was listening to a 1962 mono pressing of Chet Atkins Workshop on my 1972 Dual. What a pleasure!
It made me realize that the home audio experience has progessed little if at all in 40+ years. Shocking. Glad to be back.
But that is different from saying they represent the best.
With a vintage electronics you typically get vintage sound, which tends to be very inoffensive, and is easy on your ears. But - in general terms - it also tends to lack in many areas.
I firmly believe that today's cars are better than 1950 models, no matter how much the collectors are willing to pay for them.
Today's planes are much better than those of 40 years ago, and I do belong to the school that believs today is just simply better... IIRC this is also the way JGH put it, and here I agree with him.
There are modern components that provide the sound similar to those vintage pieces, except they also do it better.
But I do understand the charm and attraction of certain vintage pieces and their sound.
Ha ha...good for you!!!
Last night I was listening to some Flatt & Scruggs on my own Scott 299A with my Dual. Life IS good.
I know I have some Chet Atkins upstairs somewhere.......
But I do love my Dynaco and I am using it with the stock 7199 circuit. I have listened to other amps and speaker combos but those guys in the 60's really did know what they were doing.
Larry, I have a Fisher X-100B that uses a 7168 tube, similar to your EL84 tube, probably built around the time your Scott was made, early 60's. It is an integrated that has been modified to an amp only. I couple that to a Marantz 7 preamp and like you said, what a pleasure. My main system is an actively bi-amped SET that costs....., well lets just say more than I care to admit to, when I put the Fisher and Marantz in the mix with a good turntable, it just makes music. I can listen all day and in some cases well into the night. I don't critique, I just listen to the recordings. What has been learned in the last 40+ years? The fisher might not be the last in terms of this or that but it does make great music. Glad to here of you success................Bob
Hi 33 1/3 , those early Chet Atkins are , with many Blue Note , Contemporary and Verve, for sure incredible recordings !
I really like the 6BQ5/EL84 tubes as well. I prefer the Holland and British tubes combined with the low gain 5751 preamp tubes. If your Scott uses the 12AX7 in the preamp section, consider giving the lower gain 5751 tube a try in her.
I was really surprised how cheap and plentiful tubes are. I bought a matched quad of Ei Elite El-84s based on some recent posts here. I will not put them in until I am more comfortable with the biasing proceedure.Right now it has Sovteks. I will give those 5751's a try as well. I just love the Scott, nice build and sound.
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