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Asking Audioresearch about tube replacement on my LS 26
Both Sovtek and EH are made at the Sovtek plant.  EH just cold plates the pins, which I suppose could make a difference in sound.  I have not noticed any difference between the basic Sovtek's that ARC supplies and the gold pinned EH that I bought ... 
Stereo system vs Steinway
Yes, the soundboard is the entire reason to worry about humidity on your Steinway, but you don't need to be obsessive about keeping things at or above 50% humidity.   The thing to worry about is too much humidity, and too broad of a range in humi... 
What is it you expect to hear from hifi gear that you have not yet?
@mapman  Yes, all to the same DAC, and all other elements of the system are the same, too. 
Technics 1200 MK2 vs Technics SL-1210GR
I switched from a nice belt drive table (SOTA Cosmos IV) to the 1200G and it was a clear step up in tonal purity (steady speed!) and lower coloration (not that the Cosmos was bad, mind you).  Up to this point, I had been a belt drive proselytizer. 
Accidentally left hot terminal jumper in place when bi-wiring. Damage potential?
Might not, too, but no harm in trying! 
What is it you expect to hear from hifi gear that you have not yet?
@mapman   Keep working on it. I've heard very significant differences in sonic quality from digital music servers/streamers.  Ranging from my initial efforts at a dedicated computer set up, through an Antipodes DX II, then a step back with a Roon ... 
Disappointment with Pass Labs - I'm looking for something else
@cal3713  is right on.  I think system building starts with the speaker choice and the room you're putting them in.  That determines so much of the sound signature you are going to live with, for the most part.  And then you need to find a great a... 
Oh my Wilco!
Yep, both of those get regular rotation here, plus "Summerteeth" - - another great one. 
Anything SS sounds better than D'Agostino ?
I will need to try the switch back to Luxman soon and see what I think.  I have implemented other upgrades in my system that have me mesmerized with the sound quality, and I might be ascribing too much of that to the D'Ag.  I do like to listen to ... 
Anything SS sounds better than D'Agostino ?
@inna  sorry for the delay in responding to your question about S250 versus M900u. I still own both amplifiers, and I have been so engaged with the D’Agostino in the system that I haven’t put the Luxman back in yet. I will, and it will be interest... 
Anything SS sounds better than D'Agostino ?
There is no one "best" ss or tube or whathaveyou amplifier.  You have to consider which "horse" you're riding on which "course".  IME DAG is certainly a worthy option among many.I've been listening to a D'agostino S250 in my system for the last mo... 
Which speakers did you find bright, fatiguing or just disappointing in some way?
@mahgister   I have an answer to your question:  deficient set up.  Certainly I have heard bright speakers that I felt I could never own and enjoy, but there have been many mentioned in this thread that don't fit that camp, and I can only imagine ... 
Who has switched from a PS Audio BHK Preamp to something else?
Everyone's points about not judging the merits of the BHK using the stock tubes are right on.  I should have mentioned that I optimized mine, for my system and tastes, with Amperex 7308's from the early '60's.  These were importantly better for me... 
Reference 3A Dulcets in Larger Room, Free Space
I ran both the Dulcets and the DeCapos with 35W tube amps, and they can really sing so nicely!  But the Dulcets I don't think suit a larger room well - - better off with the DeCapos in the Ref 3A line.I used the Dulcets happily enough in a 11.25' ... 
Who has switched from a PS Audio BHK Preamp to something else?
I happily ran the BHK pre for 3 years along with the 300 mono's.  I think it's a great preamp for the money, and I really liked the tube rolling flexibility for system tuning.  But I am an itchy audiofool, too, and my budget has recently increased...