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Old 10-25-2019, 10:40 PM
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Looking forward to reading your review!
Sylvania 6SN7GT vintage - nice clean typical NOS sound, mid sound stage. Nothing overly noticeable. Maybe a tad tipped up on high frequency on my system.

Tung-Sol 6SN6GTB - forward midrange, wide sound stage, not as deep. Full sounding and a tad rolled of on top at 40hrs burn in.

TJ Full Music 6SN7 (now NOS) - Nice smooth, deep soundstage at first. More musical at strings and piano early on. Then got veiled over for a bit during burn in at 20hrs. At 40hrs started opening back up and getting fuller - slowly. 100hrs burn in required I'm told. So far so good. We'll see how long long they last.

RCA Black Plates - already tried them a while back. Nice, sound similar to my Sylvanias.

Letting the TJ FM tubes run. Don't want to pull them out, just enjoying them. My buddy runs them in his Dennis Had Inspire and likes them a lot too.
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Old 10-27-2019, 01:21 AM
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By chance was this your post on AK about $78,000 VAC amps using new Tung Sol 6SN7s? https://audiokarma.org/forums/index....#post-11965490

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Yes, it was. I made contact with someone from VAC and they told me that they loved the new production Tung-sol. They said they liked some vintage tubes better but they could not reliably obtain vintage tubes in quantity which met their testing standards. The new T-S can be purchased in any quantity and a high percentage of them test well.
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:16 PM
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Yes, it was. I made contact with someone from VAC and they told me that they loved the new production Tung-sol. They said they liked some vintage tubes better but they could not reliably obtain vintage tubes in quantity which met their testing standards. The new T-S can be purchased in any quantity and a high percentage of them test well.
It would be interesting to hear those VACs with the new-production tubes they were designed to run, and see if NOS sounds better or worse.

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Old 11-11-2019, 03:40 PM
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They smooth out a little more with some break in time. Not as 3 dimensional as some of my NOS tubes or newer TJ Full Music, but they certainly hold their own with fullness and a nice tone. For new production not too bad in my system. It's been fun trading back and forth with NOS and comparing.

The other interesting thing about running these tubes, while we say it's "system dependent", sure... you can also enjoy these tubes with other changes such as they the of interconnects you are using between components. I learned once again this past few weeks to try different caps (what coupling caps ??? are you running). Member FloridayBoy on this forum has been really helpful working with me to try different cap options in my DAC and source components which also impacts how pleasing the tubes sound. Its been some trial and error but I can definitely appreciate these new tubes for what the offer. Well built and they did start to improve with some hrs on them

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