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    I'm Russell.

    Default New Valves for Croft Integrated - but which....

    I am the lucky owner of one of Glenn's Integrated amps.

    It has been upgraded to an active pre-amp as well as an improved power supply.

    Currently running RCA 12BH7 and Sovtek 12AX-LPS valves but I'm looking to change things up a bit and was wondering what recommendations you may have?

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    Brimar 12BH7 - darker and meatier than the RCA which is a favourite of mine by the way in that position.

    Tesla ECC83 NOS in the phono stage. Crystal clear with insight and great resolution.
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    Glenn is fond of modern JJ's. I've got PSvane's in my RIAA and it sounds sublime
    Nottingham Analogue Spacedeck / Kuzma Stogi S / Benz Micro Ace S L
    Lenco L-75 / Carl Ellis Plinth / Ortofon AS-212 / Ortofon SPU Classic GM E MkII
    Ortofon ST-7 SUT / Nick G Modded Lentek Head Amp / Croft RIAA

    Cambridge Audio CXU / Theta DS Pro Prime

    Classé Model 30 / Luxman M-383

    Usher Compass X-719


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    Said it before... 1950s Tungsram ECC83 foil getters, not heard anything that comes close.

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    Of the 4 NOS tubes ive tried so far ,including sylvania ,mullard and EH, the 1956 RCA black plate 12bh7A are the best by some margin.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigbird View Post
    Of the 4 NOS tubes ive tried so far ,including sylvania ,mullard and EH, the 1956 RCA black plate 12bh7A are the best by some margin.


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    I would certainly agree with you on this Karl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    I would certainly agree with you on this Karl.
    Then your a man of exceptional taste Jimbo!


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