Manley Snapper Owners - what tubes?


For the Snapper owners out there, I'm curious to know what tubes you're using in the various positions...12AT7, 7044 and EL34...and I'm also interested to know what you previously tried and rejected.

Thanks in advance.
tvad
Tried almost all current production EL34s. Preferred the EH6ca7 with the Harbeth SHL5's and the Tungsol with the Harbeth M40.1's. Liked both of these more than the winged "C" el34 tubes. I liked the GE7044 tubes over all the other 5687 varients i tried. But would probably like the bendix 6900 more if I had them. Used them in other things in the past and thought they were the best of the 5687 family. Like the older Mullard 12at7 more than the current production tubes out there. email if you want any more info. Happy New year!
12-27-10: Tom_hankins
Tried almost all current production EL34s. Preferred the EH6ca7 with the Harbeth SHL5's and the Tungsol with the Harbeth M40.1's. Liked both of these more than the winged "C" el34 tubes.
Can you be specific about the characteristics that the tubes you liked brought to the table and the characteristics that you didn't like about the Winged "C"?

My system likely varies considerably from yours with the Harbeth speakers. Therefore, some description is helpful, i.e. "they were to bright, they lacked bottom end, they weren't well controlled", etc.

TIA.
Tvad,
Sent an email. What tubes are you using now?
What tubes are you using now?
Tom_hankins (System | Threads | Answers | This Thread)
JJ EL34. Shuguang 12AT7 (Mullard CV4024 on the way), GE 7044.

I replaced the Ei 12AT7 with the Shuguang simply because the Shuguang was the only 12AT7 I had on hand, but it made a nice difference.
Dear: all

I own the gutsy snapper monoblock, right out of the box with the original tubes EH EL34, JAN7044, EH 12AT7 they sounded like a real rocker. I missed my sweet mid and upper top end from my previous GRAAF amp, then I substituted the 12AT7 to several NOS tubes and here are my opinions with them:
1. GE NOS 12AT7 - They bring back the sweetness in the mid and upper end but have shrunk the soundstage almost by half, so you feel like hearing a small performance with intimate details.
2. Mullard NEW issue 12AT7 - They suddenly change the whole spectrum, The Snapper sounds more like a real tube amp with bright upper octave, wide staging, and 3D like separations between instruments without sacrificing the muscle of snappers..
3. NOS12AT7 telefunken (This is my last choice), It opens up the veil between you and the music, the high is very clear, the bass remains punchy but a little leaner (but sounded just right), and the staging sound like there are no walls around the performance. It has a very big wall to wall soundstage.. The main thing is The characteristics of snapper is retained with improvements in the mid and higher octave...

Happy trying...
I'm going to let the Snapper stock tubes burn in and simply enjoy the selection that Manley determined to be optimal. Tube rolling eventually but not for the near term.