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Old 02-11-2018, 05:48 PM
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Default Western Electric 300B's on loan

Hello friends,

A dear friend has been super kind to let me one of his pairs of NOS Western Electric 300B for my monoblocks. Yes, he is lucky enough to own at least 3 or 4 pairs of these legendary tubes.
The difference between these tubes and my Gold Lion reissue is very "severe".
To put it briefly, the Western Electric 300B's are magical. The bass especially gets to a level never reached before with incredible clarity, texture and dynamics. I just do not recognize my amps any more.
Now I understand all the excitement about them.
Along with my new Koetsu Urushi Vermillion, the WE 300'B make my system sound like never before. I am dreaming.
Now I need a pair.














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Old 02-11-2018, 05:58 PM
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Jerome.......The Western Electric 300B is the cream of the crop. There is no going back once you have experienced the sound. You are ruined for life.
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:01 PM
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Jerome, 300B is magic indeed. These KR 300B may get you very close. http://enjoythemusic.com/magazine/eq...300bballon.htm
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Jerome.......The Western Electric 300B is the cream of the crop. There is no going back once you have experienced the sound. You are ruined for life.


Yes Dan. That appeared obvious to me.
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:08 PM
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Jerome, 300B is magic indeed. These KR 300B may get you very close. http://enjoythemusic.com/magazine/eq...300bballon.htm


Thanks Serge. I heard about these tubes a few months ago. They are not expensive. Worth a try.
But have you seen that WE may start again making their 300B's ?
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Thanks Serge. I heard about these tubes a few months ago. They are not expensive. Worth a try.
But have you seen that WE may start again making their 300B's ?
I've heard that sometime ago, not sure if it happened?
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:15 PM
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WE has built a plant in Georgia -- I heard production has resumed. More here:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/b...sville/111503/

and their website is here:

http://www.westernelectric.com/

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Old 02-11-2018, 06:20 PM
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WE has built a plant in Georgia -- I heard production has resumed. More here:



http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/b...sville/111503/



and their website is here:



http://www.westernelectric.com/



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Thanks a lot Bob !
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When 2 300B's simply will not do and you feel the need for 16 300Bs and there is $50k burning a hole in your pocket! http://westernelectric.com/products/97a.html
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When 2 300B's simply will not do and you feel the need for 16 300Bs and there is $50k burning a hole in your pocket! http://westernelectric.com/products/97a.html
Talk about 80W of audio sex. Oh My.

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Preamp: Dan D'Agostino Progression Preamp.
Digital Source: dCS Paganini 4 stack (Transport/DAC/Clock/Upsampler).
Analogue Preamp: VAC Renaissance SE Phono stage with XLR Output Option & with Nordost Tyr 2 P/C and Tyr 2 XLR's.
Analogue Sources: SME 20/2 w/SME V arm & Nordost Valhalla TA cable, Palo Santos Presentation Cartridge & Akai GX-400D Reel-to-Reel w/relapped heads by JRF Magnetic Sciences. Akai RC-17 cabled remote.
Vibration Control: TT on HRS M3X 1921 shelf, Stillpoint Ultra SS under dCS Transport, Stillpoint Ultra-Mini's under dCS 3 Stack. HRS NA100's under Ansuz D8 Power Distribution Bar.
Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexia in Argento Silver/Black grills.
Power Cables: 3 each 2.5M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference on amps & preamp. Nordost Valhalla V1 on dCS Transport.
Power Distribution Bar: Ansuz Mainz Diamond 8(D8) fed by Ansuz Diamond Power Cable.
Power Outlets:Furutech GTX-D NCF (R) duplex outlet, GTX Wall Plate & Duplex Cover (x2).
Speaker Cables: 3M Nordost Odin Supreme Reference with 4 Nordost Sort Lifts.
Signal Cables: Nordost Tyr 2 XLR's 2M on dCS Paganini and Mono amps. Nordost Valhalla 2's 110 ohm Digital AES/EBU on dCS internal connections and Crystal Cable Firewire 1394 cables on dCS.
Clock Cables: 3 each 75 ohm 1.25M Nordost Valhalla BNC/BNC Digital
Headphones: Selling - 6M Cardas Clear HP cables. Vintage Koss Pro IV AA.
RCM: Audio Desk PRO
Tube Test Gear: Mint late '60's/calibrated Heathkit TT-1A & current SOTA MaxiMatcher Power and Preamp tube test sets.
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