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In Reply to: RE: Best sounding tubes for ARC SP-9 MK3 posted by audio perfection on June 19, 2020 at 19:11:02
You might like the gold pin version of the JJ E88CC.
I assume you mean current manufacture.
If it's the vintage stuff you're interested in, take a look at FAQ under Joe's Tube Lore.
I do not like any current tubes.
The best tube depends on the particular preamp.
Need SP-9 Mk III experience.
If for no reason other than toughness, ARC uses Reflektor (Saratov, Russia) made 6922 "equivalents". You need that toughness and also want good sounding NOS. Hicksville, NY, made Amperex 7308s check all the boxes. Be prepared to spend BIG $.
Frankly, settling for 6922 equivalent, Reflektor made, 6H23Π-EB (6n23p-ev) specimens may be your best bet. The tube New Sensor markets as the ElectroHarmonix (EH) 6922 is, in fact, 6H23Π-EB of very recent "vintage". For a price (naturally), Reflektor made 6H23Π-EB stock that predates New Sensor's ownership of the plant can be sourced.
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