Tubes with gold pins make a difference?

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  1. pacomc79

    pacomc79 Member

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    Hello fellows, I need your tube knowledge.

    I have an Orange AD15/12 that needs a retube.

    I know that gold is a pretty good conductor, I'm wondering how much of a sonic difference it makes in a relatively new amp. Also for the retube, I'm considering the EI elite EL84's with gold pins because it was shipped with regular EI EL84's and they sounded great in it, For the 2 12AX7's I am kind of torn, between the EI elite Gold Pins, the EH Gold Pins, the new Tung Sol's and the Sovtek 12AX7LPS's.

    I'm probably going to go with one Tung Sol in V1 and 1 EI (gp) in V2 unless you guys think this is a bad combo.

    Also, what is your favorite reasonably priced GZ34 rectifier does a really nice rectifier tube really have a huge effect on the tone?

    Thanks, Paul
     
  2. kannibul

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    You might notice a difference if your amp has gold contacts, silver wire and silver solder.

    Then again, what you hear might just be in your head too.

    Seriously, don't base your descision on if it has gold pins or not.
     
  3. pacomc79

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    Thanks, that's what I was looking for.
     
  4. Swarty

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    You'll definitely notice the diffence.... in how much is left in your wallet.
     
  5. Roccaforte Amps

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    Exactly. Save your dough, the gold plating used is crapola,
    won't do anything for your tone.
     
  6. twangbanger

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    As for the 12ax7's I'd stay away from ei gold elites. I got 3 and all but one where microphonic and the last one quickly went south! I got some of the new tung-sol's and have liked them for new production tubes.
    Rob
     
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    Bought some Ei gold pins. FWIW-The idea isnt about sonic differences its about better pin to socket connection. That said I wont buy anymore. The gold plating made the pins slightly thicker than regular tubes and require way more pressure to push in. Makes me nervous!
     
  8. GUITARKELLY

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    What rockon1 said!! And you might have to retension the sockets.
     
  9. JES1680

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    But the Gold is soooo pretty....

    Seriously forget the gold. I've been loving EI tubes lately. They seem to be a bit brighter and have a tighter low end than JJ's, at least in my amps. Haven't run into any bad ones yet.
     
  10. Blue Strat

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    This has been my experience as well. For a while, the EI Elites seemed to have been screened/tested for rejects (by a third party in the UK who does the cheesy gold plating) and had higher yields. The last time I ordered, the reject rate was VERY high and I haven't ordered them since. I don't have time to waste testing rejects and pissing off customers by selling inferior products.

    The Tung Sol Reissues have been great so far and look very promising.
     
  11. pacomc79

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    Thanks a bunch guys gold pins are out. I'm going with the tung sol's for the 12Ax7's I like the Idea of a little more gain and warmth.

    I guess I might rethink the EL84 choice though the EI's that were in it to begin with were very good.

    Anyword on decent cost effective GZ34's?
     
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    They are prettier
     

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