As the series get newer, the old CJ sound gets less and less. The MV-45,50,52...midrange and seductive EL-34 magic will not be present anywhere near the degree you had. I too had EL-34 based power amps and when I finally switched to my current CJ Premier 12's (6550's which I started with and then to KT-88's which I'm currently using)the sound became more extended/somewhat faster and articulate...you might even say more "accurate" but the EL-34 mid-magic wasn't there. My solution was a lot of work and expense but I ended up buying another amp (EL-34 based) and bi=amped my speakers with the EL-34's on the midrange/tweeter and the CJ KT-88's on the woofers. After MUCH work with crossovers and the like, I finally managed to get that sound back.
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