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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:22 pm 
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just got 2A3 amplifier thinking of buying for my first pair of tubes Shuguang 2A3C Power Tubes ever use them how did you like them other tube recommendations welcomed as well thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:09 pm 
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I don't do 2A3 and I don't see people posting about them here much. Maybe some Triode Lab owners around ?

But the internet is your friend as they say. http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=95065.0

I have seen many good comments about those Shuguang, and the JJ 2A3-40. And then there's the higher end EML, Sophia, etc.


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Love the 2A3C tube. I have treasures and some nos RCA's in my wait for it....Triode Labs power amp.
Looking for some KR's next.


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I have some Guiguangs that came with my Triode Labs and they sound great! I also have some Electro-Harmonix that sound pretty good. The rectifier is where you'll hear the major differences in sound. I have some vintage tubes from Brimar and Mullard and it doesn't get much better.
KR's are nice if paying $6-700 for a tube is your cup of tea.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:11 am 
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they sound OK, but out of 2 pairs i bought, 2 tubes failed within 6 months. if you want my opinion, skip the shuggies and go right to the JJ 2A3-40 instead. they are a great tube (although a bit taller then standard 2A3's).


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:38 am 
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GreatDane wrote:
Love the 2A3C tube. I have treasures and some nos RCA's in my wait for it....Triode Labs power amp.
Looking for some KR's next.


I use 2A3Cs for everyday casual listening. They sound OK to me but nothing special. I like nos RCAs a lot. I am down to my last set of RCAs and I am using them sparingly.

I have a pair of KRs too that I bought several years ago and didn't use them much. Last time I tested them one had lost its vacuum, so no more KRs for me.


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