Glad to hear you've found tube nirvana and taken the time to tell us about it. It was good of the people at Rogue to help you with your tube rolling and they deserve props for providing that assistance. Enjoy!
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Thanks Guys ... I appreciate your comments.Yogi boy .... you're absolutely right.
Broussard ... Brent and I had a good discussion about the GE 3MBP 5751's vs. the RCA's, and we decided that the the $ 100 upcharge for the pair of RCA's wouldn't be a wise investment as the audible difference would be barely apparent. And I also thought about "something better" than the clear tops in the 12AU7 spots, but both Nick and Brent agreed that these are a perfect match for the rest of the tubes and the amp.
I guess its all about synergy too when it comes to tubes. I had RCA clear top AU7's also in a early Jeff Korneff 6bq5 int amp with Telefunken 6bq5's several yrs ago and didn't think that much of the clear tops either. I then put a pr of Mullard CV4004 which was the military version of the 12au7 (I think) and I liked it much better.
Yes Lou .... Synergy is the key. With my system, in my room, with my music, and to my ears, the synergistic relationship of small tubes, power tubes and components seems pretty perfect.
Are there better tubes out there ? Of course ! But for now and the foreseeable future, everything working together for me is making beautiful music. Seven years from now, when it's time to replace the small tubes again, I hope to enjoy the "tube selection process" as much as I just did.