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    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    I'm jamie.

    Default whats your best 6SN7 valve?

    looking for recomendations,im using 2 russian 6h8c valves at the moment between the preamp tubes and power tubes and fancy a change.
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    Join Date: Oct 2011

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    Hi Jamie

    The best 6SN7 is a 6f8g ;-) Identical, bar the pin out, easily remedied with an adapter.. It means you can find tungsol round plate equivalents (and others) for a lower price. They also seem to offer more 'space' to presentation. They also look quite wonderful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da2222 View Post
    Hi Jamie

    The best 6SN7 is a 6f8g ;-) Identical, bar the pin out, easily remedied with an adapter.. It means you can find tungsol round plate equivalents (and others) for a lower price. They also seem to offer more 'space' to presentation. They also look quite wonderful.
    this, or to see if the pre can play with 6J5 (in case only a half of 6SN7 is used) or 6N7, a plenty to choose from at a fraction of the inflated price of 6SN7
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    I had great results with the TJ full music 6SN7.
    Main: Speakers 'RFC' Tannoy Canterburys / custom crossovers with Tannoy ST50 supertweeters; Amp - Silvercore 833C monoblocks; preamp TBA watch this space; Vinyl: Schopper'd Thorens TD124 MkII + Ikeda IT345-CR1 9 inch and Ikeda IT-407 12 inch tonearms; Cartridges Stereo - Miyajima Madake, Miyajima Takumi, Ikeda 9TT, vintage Ortofon SPU GM and SPU Gold; Mono - Miyajimas - Zero 0.7, Premium 1.0, Miyajima/Edison '78' 4.0 conical, and Shure M44 strapped for mono with several Expert Stylus conicals for different eras of 78s; Phono stage Allnic H7000V used with Miyajima ETR-Mono and ETR-Stereo SUTs; Digital: Audio Note CDT2/II transport, heavily enhanced AN DAC based on kit but aspiring to DAC5 spec.

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    I'm sure it depends on other factors in the mix, just the same as cables. But the Black Treasure CV181 are very nice

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    Join Date: Apr 2012

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    Busy trawling my 100+ 6SN7 collection as we speak. Nowt wrong with the Russian valves. A good, strong GTB will deliver all you would want as a rule, for the rest its circuit dependent.
    For example I have matched pairs of bad boys, bass monsters, mouse ears, all the main GT, GTA and GTB variants, but to be fair no smokey war issue toobs. As a man who likes a rabbit hole, this is as good a rabbit hole as the 300b equivalent. Best avoided is my advice

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    Join Date: Sep 2014

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    I’ve bought some adapters to use the 6f8g valves, the rca grey glass seem reasonable
    My System
    John Wood KT88 Amp.
    Paradise Phono Stage
    Sony TTS-8000 Turntable.
    PMAT-1010 MK6 Tonearm.
    Ortofon KB with vienna upgrade
    Sony X555ES Cd Player
    Yamaha NS1000m Speakers
    KARMA Interconnects & Tonearm Cable

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    Join Date: Oct 2011

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    Quote Originally Posted by karma67 View Post
    I’ve bought some adapters to use the 6f8g valves, the rca grey glass seem reasonable
    Nice one Jamie, if interested I've got some sylvania 6sN7s too

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    Sophia electric Royal princess 6SN7 was the best I tried with my 300B, don't know if they are still available as I'm out of touch with valves these days.
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