- Sep 11, 2012
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- so. cal.
Great Idea, I am nowhere as neat and organized as all this but I wish I was!I have my Excel spreadsheet for what tubes live where in which amps.
I spend alot of time tube rolling and as someone else had already mentioned. Tubes by nature are inconsistent and vary from brand to brand and lot to lot. One tube may sound nasty in one amp but might work well in another. This is especially true of microphonics tubes. Some microphonic tubes might work ok in a different amp.... A spreadsheet and inventory would be nice. Especially at finding trends between certain tubes and how they may behave.
Regarding new production tubes....
I have been having great luck and very pleased with much of the whole line of the Reissued TungSol sold by New Sensor... I don't understand how a company that produces one third of all production tubes for so many different labels can make a brand of tubes that behaves differently than another brand of tubes made at the same production facility. These reissue brands are they or are they not just simply labels silk-screened onto the same tube? Is a reissue Mullard or reissue Tung Sol or Genelex simply just a Sovtek in different drag? I don't know but the Tung Sol reissues have been excellent and affordable alternative to the Old Stock " test like new" vintage tubes I used in the past. Even these Test as new supposed NOS tubes have a large reject rate regardless of how they test on the Hickok ,,, due to the fact that in reality most NOS are indeed used tubes or were factory seconds and rejects... Used tubes are just that.... Well I'm used! I like used tubes but I have to wade thru many of them because they all have little noises and artifacts that make for hiss or static and crackle. When you get thru the static crackle and fizz from used old vintage tubes , you will enjoy super tone, but with these reissue tubes such as the Tung Sol it gets me half way there with way less hassle. New Amps Tung Sol , old amp maybe old tubes with a set of TungSol in reserve. Far more toneful than JJ but perhaps not as robust....
So far knock on wood not a bad TungSol in over 25 amps across my bench!