atmasphere 6as7g output tubes.


Time to get some new tubes, I know atmasphere does not recommend nos tubes. I really have to say my amps would not sound the same without nos input tubes. I was wondering if there are any opinions regarding using nos or vintage tubes for output tubes.
toothman
I have the S-30. NOS tubes are essential, as they are for my Audio Horizons preamp. Finding the best tubes can take time and money. But once you do there is no going back.
It's your amp and it's your money, therefore, as long as you are using the same tube type, knock your socks off and roll the NOS tubes.
The American 6AS7Gs can have issues, although we have found that the 6AS7GAs are the ones that are most problematic.

Here is what we know about the American tubes so far:

1) you get best results if your amplifier is a Mk3 or later.
2) If NOS, the tubes should be preconditioned for 4 days and 4 nights. This is done by placing them in the amp and putting it in Standby only for that time. If you apply B+ during that period the preconditioning process is ended.

Preconditioning can double the life of the tubes, help restore a better vacuum by activating the getter, and will also reduce the possibility of premature arcing.

BTW this process applies to all output tubes, assuming they are new/untested or NOS.

I would regard the use of American 6AS7Gs as experimental as you may run into premature arcing, but some customers have had excellent results. I think a lot depends on the tubes, if they are really NOS, that sort of thing. However- stay away from the GA varieties- they won't work.
If you want nice 6SN7s, we have gotten really good feedback on the Psvanes, Sophias and TJ Music tubes. This applies to the amps and the preamps.
Morgan Jones, he of "Valve amplifiers" fame, has written a piece on baking tubes that might be of use here. It's a variant on what Atmasphere talks about above, but using an oven to speed up the process of activating the getter flashing to absorb residual gas. Reductions in grid current are measured and found to be quite substantial, so long as you take care not to damage valves with phenolic bases.

Morgan Jones, Baking Valves
Preconditioning can double the life of the tubes, help restore a better vacuum by activating the getter, and will also reduce the possibility of premature arcing.

BTW this process applies to all output tubes, assuming they are new/untested or NOS.
Atmasphere, this is very interesting. All is not just 6as7g variant but ALL power tubes.

If you apply B+ during that period the preconditioning process is ended.
I assume this is not done during tube testing/matching?
called Ralph at atmasphere again, he said that the output tubes would really change the sound. He recommended the Russian 6as7g output tubes. He also recommended turning the amps on stand by for 3 days as mentioned above, which can sometimes double the tube life.
That should have been: The output tubes would NOT really change the sound.
Toothman,

Regarding output tubes for the S-30 I disagree, with all due respect. I spend 6 months sourcing tubes for the S-30 and the difference is night and day vs. the stock tubes.
So Sabi what brand tube did you purchase. Description of difference between nos and russian new stock, would be appreciated. Are nos 6as7g tubes possible noisy.
I'm a new Atmasphere dealer but of the 3 x S30 amps and 2 x M60 amps I've sold I now only use a Russian 6H13C tube with the best sonic results and no arching. As Ralph states preconditioning really helps. On the side of the tube etched in a box on the glass it has the following:
BbInyCK
V1 - 823 r.

I bought over 200 in original NOS boxes but unfortunately I've sold all and my source in Russia is trying to procure more. If you can find these they are worth the asking price and in quantities are no more expensive than the 6AS7G tubes.

Good hunting

(Dealer disclaimer)
I am using Mullards, Sylvanias and Tung Sols. The difference is night and day.
Sabai, you may be confusing the driver tubes (6SN7s) with the power tubes (6AS7G). I've been doing this a long time- I don't know if I have ever even heard of Mullard 6AS7Gs.
Hi Ralph,

I thought they were talking about driver tubes.
Just to throw my two cents in and since I started the thread: regarding input tubes , in my atmasphere ma 2 3.3 amps RCA 6sn7 input tubes sound the best to me. I also have a set of silvania 6sn7's. RCA's seem to add a great warmth and smooth vocals ( like wow vocals) , to me the silvania's sound thin in a bad way, sound stage is not as forward also. So there is no doubt that anyone would hear the differences in sound of different nos input tubes, so input tubes do make a real difference.

Even more inportant and able to modify the sound are the tubes in the mp1 preamp. Again I prefer RCA.

The one exception is in the 1st position in the amps I was lucky enough to find a pair of kenrad jan vt 231 black bottle, that are quiet and not microphonic, this one pair of tubes adds the necessary bass to round out my amps with either set of tubes.
ALSO ATMASPHERE EQUIPTMENT IS AWSOME!!
I have used Sovtek and some other unknown brand of 6AS7Gs in a pair of AudioValve Baldur 70s for a number of years without trouble. I only recently discovered that they are/ have been made by RCA as well and was considering giving them a try. I was going to get them from Tube Depot/Tube Shop.