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    Starting to make some enquiries .
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    Good stuff, Andy! So how were the 'posh' valves, compared with what was in it before? Both the RCA Red Bases and ECC35s should be stonking....

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    They sound great. Just playing around with some Mullards at the moment I've not even touched the RCA's. I'm looking into Valve regulation.
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    Getting upgradeitis again. Might have to get this booked in somewhere for some more work.
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    I decided to update my 6GV8 and 85A2 valves today in the Croft. I have no idea how old or knackered my current "billy no-name" valves are. So, we now have a General Electric and Tesla military grade jobbies on order. I have no idea what to expect but it makes sense to replace as just about everything else has been on this pre-amp .
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    Quote Originally Posted by REXTON View Post
    I decided to update my 6GV8 and 85A2 valves today in the Croft. I have no idea how old or knackered my current "billy no-name" valves are. So, we now have a General Electric and Tesla military grade jobbies on order. I have no idea what to expect but it makes sense to replace as just about everything else has been on this pre-amp .
    I had a whole bunch of 85A2 voltage reg valves to evaluate from Glenn. All the usual suspects and they did actually make a difference to the sound. Think I have an RCA and a Siemens left but I had some really rare stuff including one with radioactive signs all over the box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    I had a whole bunch of 85A2 voltage reg valves to evaluate from Glenn. All the usual suspects and they did actually make a difference to the sound. Think I have an RCA and a Siemens left but I had some really rare stuff including one with radioactive signs all over the box!
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    Any conclusions? I just order a couple from Watford valves. 10 minutes and job done.
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    Oh dear, more upgrades (potentially). So I'm looking into getting the Croft modded with the following

    Modded to accept 5691 valve's only
    Dual mono power supply to each channel
    Individual valve regulation.

    Now looking at getting a few quotes.
    SS CD Teac VRDS25X(Audiotuned) DAC Caiman SEG+15V PSU DECK 1210 Mat Analog Studio Crystal Mods MN Base/Bearing/Platter+Ebony arm Board Feet Isonoe PSU Paul Hynes SR7EHD-27XL/DCSXL Ag DC lead/Jaeger(low-impedance) connector/3 StageRegs/Recapped PCB+No Pitch/Strobe/Light ARM SME V(Kondo Ag Rewire&Tags) MC Cadenza Black CABLES Arm Yannis SPD-4 IC Yannis 222 Litz+Ag bullets Power WAR PRE ATC SCA2 SPEAKERS ATC 50ASL STANDS Atacama PHONO Sugden Masterclass PA4 SUT Ortofon ST80SE POWER PSAudio P10

    Valve PRECroft Epoch(Mega Modded) AMP Sondex S100 SPEAKERS Tannoy 15"MG+RFC Warwick cabs+ Reference XO DECK Garrard301 Mat Teunto Bearing 401 Plinth Moldovan Arms 3009/3012(Ikeda Ag wired) PSU No9 MCAg Meister SPU CABLES Arm Yannis 420.5 Litz+ SpeakerVdH 6mm Blue IC Oyaide FTVS-510 AgWBT 0110Ag Phonostage Paradise/EAR 3009 Clone (Telefunken)


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