With Jaysons (iceman16) agreement, I have decided to chronicle the build process once again. Apologies if this feels very familiar, but its nice for Jayson to see how the build is going and it also makes the wait seem shorter somehow lol.
First order of business while I await the plethora of delivery men and women, who are bringing the necessary bits and pieces, is to pick a suitable set of valves to go in this phonostage.
After speaking to Jayson, and building an idea of what music floats his boat, i decided to give the following combination a try:
2x National PCC88s 1x 6N2P-EV
With some fine Jazz and Classical stuff to try them out with, I have to say that this is a very fine combo. Zero Microphony, liquid Midrange, and very emotive. String instruments carry the resonance of the wooden body really well, and woodwind instruments are throaty, just as they should be. I am really liking this combination very much.
The HF is silky smooth, detailed and non fatiguing. Bass is very well balanced and integrates nicely in the overall sound.
I recently heard a Tung-Sol 803e gold pin, and thought that to be an excellent valve for this phonostage, so I have ordered one of those to try too.
As you'll see from the pictures, I am also trying some Janzen Silver Z capcitors too. Ill talk more about those separately, but i am more than happy to use them for this valve rolling experiment.
In all honesty, i only bought them to try them in a reliability capacity after your issues scotty38, but i have been pleasantly surprised by their sound!
Straight off the bat, the valves have sounded beautifully fluid and offer a great deal of lucidity, which i hadn't expected. They are silent in operation and have absolutely no issue being driven by 7.6v....which i have deliberately done, to check for microphony and ringing. I will return the phonostage to 7v for the PCC88's later today.
Even with the volume turned to full, when i flick the valves they are absolutely oblivious to it, and that for me is the mark of a rock solid valve.
Seems they are available for the long term too, which always a bonus.
I have no issue recommending a pair of these to anyone....now....do they do a ECC83?