this is an add on.is anyone using penta/shuguang kt88sc`s?what`s your opinion and what`s the breakin time?
I've heard them change right before my very ears...when recently testing out a potential purchase, the seller had mentioned that he had purchased new JJ Tesla kt88's with approx 1 hour's time on them if that. As the amp was warming up with music playing both of us were sitting and remarking at how "hollow" and "cold" the sound was as the same track was repeated itself in the background.
Over the course of about 45 mins as we chatted about birthcities and other irrelevant issues I realized that I needed to make a decision re: the purchase of this amp.
We replayed some of the previous tracks and both heard an amazing amount of difference, the sonic characteristics had changed drastically over the 45mins of additional playtime. So much so that it may have worked against my negotiation tactics.
Now, this could be marked off as amp warm-up vs. break-in but I'm sure the amp was already warm 20 minutes after I had arrived.
With what I heard and continue to hear, that small amount of time made a HUGE difference with sound.
Total play time on the tubes when I heard the difference was approx 2 - 2 1/2 hours...hopefully it gets even better.
I'm still playing with triode vs. pentode but both sound remarkably better than when I first listened to my new baby.
HTH, fwiw I've had no previous experience with tube break-in.
I'm pretty much in agreement with Fatparrot on this one. The biggest change will be in the first 25 hrs. After that they will settle in slowly. I have the Shuguang KT88 in my VAC PA100 and compared to the Svetlana's they are more mellow, more upper bass and midrange bloom and not quite as solid in the bass.
I like the Penta Lab KT88SC's. The bass is good and tight.
They reveal lots of detail and nuance without ever being harsh or bright. Probably original Tung Sol 6550's are better, but the cost is out of sight. The Penta Lab KT88SC's are my favorite new production KT88 or 6550. I even like them better than NOS Philips ECG 6550. Maybe the Ei KT90's are better, but only type I or II. I won't go near the type III's after several bad experiences. Hope this helps.