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RE: final update ....

I read that most amps start distorting a little below clipping, but I rarely push mine that hard.
My philosophy for mine own listening is that if I can't hear a difference, then for all practical purposes there is no difference. I am not much of a fan of dialing in the last little bit with instruments if I am not going to be able to hear a difference.
I have heard differences between some opts also, but even the late Don Garber said the 125ese "sounds better than some people would like to admit" and offered it as an option on some of his builds.
Right now I plan to focus on building a small diy 6bq5 PP amp so I can do the A/B test between it and the SE 6bq5. I am guessing I will hear a difference between them. If I don't, then I will have to start digging deeper for an explanation. I am determined to find one.

Edits: 06/10/17

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