I've found Tele 12AX7 smooth plates to work very well with my ML2's. If you're after a warmer, richer sound try Mullard's.
I'm using Nordost Brahma's but haven't experimented with many pc's.
Did you ever get any more leads on power cords to go with the ML2's? I am also using Telfunken 12AX7's....but plan to try a few others to find the best synergy with the rest of my system. I am told that the gold pin Telefunken ECC803S are very good..but they command a very high price right now and might not make as much of a difference in an amp as in a preamp.
I ended up with Tele box plate 12AX7s and Shunyata PCs. Very happy camper...my Avantgarde Duo Omegas have found a proper dance partner!
I have ML 2.1's and have used many NOS tubes including Telefunken and Mullard. The latter was not my taste BUT "wow" to the Telefunken 12AX7. Presently I have circa 1965 with a rib plate. Each tube was ~$350 but bear in mind that this is the first tube the signal sees and IMO is the only tube worth rolling in the amp.
As for AC PC's I use all Nordost Valhalla here and throughout my system.
BTW be certain to change the 6N6P tube on that amp yearly as recommended by Vladimir.
Txs, guys. That's a LOT of $ for plain ribbed Telefunkens! Are you sure they are not gold pins? On the 6N6P...I just ordered a bunch from Russia and will try to match them myself. How critical is matching on these?
Buy the 6N6P from Vladimir, They are very inexpensive
ON PCs, I really like the Kubala cords on the ML 2. That's what I'm using. And, I get my tubes thru the mad Russian in Brooklyn.
I am using Silent Source Hi Current power cords from Walker Audio with good results. In the 12AX7 position I am using a Raytheon black plate O getter which I found better than the Tele smooth plate. The Tele had a nice midrange but was light on the low end in my system.
That's why you need the Tele "ribbed" plate and not the flat plate
I use the Oyaide Tunami Power Cords.A friend compared them with those from NBS (don't know which model) and prefered the Oyaide.
Oneobgyn - Are you saying that the ribbed plate Tele's has a more balanced, richer sound on the ML2's? As for the 6N6P's, I have been trying to buy them from Lamm...but their response times are lousy..they took 4 days just to quote me a price ($ 40 each), and I have been waiting 5 days now to get a PayPal invoice from them....
Thomas - Givne the rest of your system, that is high praise indeed for the Oyaides, which appear to be relatively modestly priced. May I ask where you purchased them? How bad are they in terms of stiffness? I have CPC Top Gun HCFI's throughout my system now, and though they sound great,I absolutely hate how unwieldy they are.
Dmailer - The Silent Source cords are on my list...but they seldom come up for sale on Audiogon...
Whart - Which Kubala PC's are you using? I have the Emotion speaker cables, which are a bargain for the $ considering the performance...but still not able to splurge on the full Emotion suite of cables...
Alex- the Emotion PCs, on all components now.
"Are you saying that the ribbed plate Tele's has a more balanced, richer sound on the ML2's? As for the 6N6P's, I have been trying to buy them from Lamm...but their response times are lousy..they took 4 days just to quote me a price ($ 40 each), and I have been waiting 5 days now to get a PayPal invoice from them...."
The ribbed Tele IMO is the best one
I have never had a similar experience with Vladimir as you did. A simple followup phone call I bet would work
They only use Paypal
I spoke with Vladimir today asking about tubes for my ML1 and got a quote. But My question is has anyone got the big 6C33 tubes from another reliable source other than Lamm without any issues. Vladimir made a big deal about matched pairs for his amps. Any experience with another tube source for the big tubes.
"Vladimir made a big deal about matched pairs for his amps. "
While other 6C33 tubes can be bought Vladimir does keep stats on every amp he has made. Personally I buy my 6C33 tubes from him and have never been disappointed. The only tube I have ever bought other than him were the NOS 12AX7 Telefunken which I have never regretted
Like Oneobgyn said, I've bought every tube except the 12AX7 from Lamm, with great service and prompt shipping. Why gamble with possibly saving a few bucks on tubes, when we've made such significant investments in our amps?
Hello Alexc, my local Dealer ordered them from the Distributor. They are a little bit stiff, not much, there is no problem to use them with a rack close to the wall.
When you are looking for a soft power cable, I also have some from XLO and I replaced their plugs with those from Oyaide. Excellent results.