Svetlana winged cs

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  1. RSRD

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    What's the consensus with these el34s? I opened up the xtc I just bought and found a quad inside with Chinese 12ax7 preamps. Curious If there are any detractors and what they prefer. I think they sound pretty damn nice!
     
  2. Luke V

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    Winged C's are my favorite el34, they have a very sweet midrange and have a lot of harmonics happening.
     
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    My favorite EL34, too.
     
  4. RSRD

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    Seems like I wont have to shop for new tubes then :)
     
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    Bumpin for more opinions, good or bad
     
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    The C logos made prior the 2000s were really high quality. Those made today are still very good but quality has declined a bit. Anyway clearly worth the money, which often is a little higher than comparable New Sensor and Chinese items.
     
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    Have not used their EL34 but the "c" 6L6 is my favorite new production of that type.
     
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    Supposedly they are "THE" tube to use in an Ecstasy.

    I had mine retubed/biased by Trace at Voodoo Amps, and he recommended Ruby EL34BSTR tubes. I've been very pleased with these tubes and recommend them.
     
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    Yep, some of the best 34's going. Very pricey now new, but if you already got 'em, consider yourself lucky.
     
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    The best new production tube going. That's what I have in my amp. Crunchy but clear and articulate. Good string to string definition.

    The price bothers me though. I'm either going to go with the RFT NOS next time or I'm hearing good things about the Ruby EL34.
     
  12. GearHeadFred

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    After the big price jump, I tried a set of Mullard EL34 RI and have been just as happy with those.
     
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    I really liked the SED EL34 I just popped in my Independence.
    Great detail and graininess.
     
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    Great way to describe them. Very gritty yet articulate.
     
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    They used to be way cheaper, but they do sound great.

    I've got a quad of Tung Sol's in my 1999 XTC and they also sound phenomenal.
     
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    Winged C's are the toughest current production EL34's I've tried.
    Very few tubes can handle the high plate voltage of my Bad Cat Hot Cat 100R
    Custom Shop head. The Winged C's have held up for 2 years, which is
    not bad with this amp.
     
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    I think it's the high idle current in those amps that destroys mortal tubes. ;)
     
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    Yeah well when most EL34's are designed for max recommended operation @
    25 watts each and you're pushing them at over 30 watts, only the strong
    survive. :)
     
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    i found mine on a widely used iphone app that used to sell books only. pair for $72 shipped.(new)
    I know that they are more expensive than some others. but I think its worth it.
    I like them more than the NOS Siemens that were in it before.
     
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    I swapped out a set of GT EL34s for a set of older winged Cs and I noticed quite a difference. In my Marshall clone they sound great. Nicer bottom and harmonics.
     

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