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Old 05-08-2014, 11:49 AM
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Ditto, the Sophia's and there are other tubes from the same manufacture that are even better, but the get way $$$ costly. They sound and work great.
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Old 05-08-2014, 05:01 PM
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My Sophia's have been rock solid for almost four years of daily use, so I don't have any complaints. I would agree that a lot of new production tubes are terrible, but I would not put the Sophia's in that camp. I don't think Dan would recommend them if he thought they were junk. Just my two cents.
Who said they were junk? I have them and like them, but there are noticeably better sounding tubes available. The Sophias are the best currently manufactured tubes I have heard.
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Old 05-10-2014, 12:46 AM
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Just curious how many have tried any of the renowned NOS 6SN7's, like the TungSol oval plates or the Sylvania black base 6SN7W's? I thought the Sophias were outstanding until I tried the TungSol, now I can't imagine goign back (although of course I may have to some day) http://www.dehavillandhifi.com/6sn7_vt.htm
So where did you find the Tungsol 6SN7's? They look pretty hard to find.
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Old 05-10-2014, 05:30 PM
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So where did you find the Tungsol 6SN7's? They look pretty hard to find.
Keep checking the major tube stores (Tube World, Brent Jessee, TC Tubes, vacuumtubes.com, etc) and eBay (although I'd only buy a tube like this with a 100% satisfaction guarantee). It took me about 5-6 wks, during which time I was quite happy with the Sophias.
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