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What is your favorite low-priced, new production 2A3 tube

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Posted on February 24, 2017 at 03:39:38
Frihed89
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Here are some: EH, JJ 2A3-40, Sovtek, Shuguang, others?

 

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RE: What is your favorite low-priced, new production 2A3 tube, posted on February 24, 2017 at 06:10:12
Mechans
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I have no 2A3 amp or application, but thought of Sophia Electric as another and noticed KRs are still around.

 

These are uber expensive, posted on February 24, 2017 at 07:03:08
Frihed89
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I already have a pair of good (not defective) AVVT 2A3 meshplates.

I am looking for an innexpensive new production backup pair.

 

RE: These are uber expensive, posted on February 24, 2017 at 08:07:42
Jim McShane
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After a lot of researching on my part I decided the EH Gold 2A3 was the tube. SE triodes are quite variable in how they are judged - it clearly is VERY system and listener dependent. The EH Gold seemed to be the best choice and so far I've been pleased with them. Quality is excellent.

My 2 cents worth...

 

The JJ 2A3-40 is a very nice sounding tube. nt, posted on February 24, 2017 at 08:17:00
viridian
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I agree, posted on February 24, 2017 at 09:41:19
Frihed89
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Thanks, Jim. That's my experience, too, but it never hurts to survey before one buys, even for backup tubes.

 

RE: What is your favorite low-priced, new production 2A3 tube, posted on February 24, 2017 at 19:10:25
Sebrof
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I have owned several, used SE in a WECO 91A clone.
My order of preference:

Sovtek
Sophia Mesh (perf) Plate
Shuguang 2A3C
JJ 2A3-40

 

OOPS, Just Realized I reversed Order, posted on February 25, 2017 at 13:03:45
Sebrof
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Least favorite is the Sovtek and favorite is the JJ...I'm pretty sure it was not obvious in my first attempt

 

RE: OOPS, Just Realized I reversed Order, posted on February 28, 2017 at 08:00:57
drlowmu
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Glad you corrected yourself !! Yep, hard to beat the robust build, internal materials, and performance of a JJ 2A3-40 !! I have a dozen now for myself. Selling-off all the others.

Jeff Medwin

 

RE: OOPS, Just Realized I reversed Order, posted on February 28, 2017 at 09:56:49
lokie
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Location: Georgia, USA
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Least favorite is the JJ and favorite is the Sovtek.

 

RE: OOPS, Just Realized I reversed Order, posted on March 16, 2017 at 17:57:54
mach1
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Hi Jeff,
I've been away from audio forums for a while. Good to see you're still alive and kicking. Even though we have had some serious 'debate' over many years I still admire your tenacity.
Best Regards
Paul

 

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