A comprehensive L7 tube opinion set from a knowledgeable friend:
UK Marconi 2A3 are very good tubes, on the top with Fivre and modern EML,
especially Mesh one. The rest is a matter of taste. One need to find out what
does he like more in his own system. My personal Favorite are EML 45 Mesh
and old 45 RCA globe triodes. Didn't try 101D in L7 yet as I do not have unit
with this implementation on the board here.
Original WE cost today is crazy. You are right. Even if they will sound a bit
better or so than both 45's mentioned above, given existing satisfaction and
money wise factor I wouldn't go for them.
I have one WE 101D and still hunting for another for reasonable money, so
maybe one day I will tell you
Originally I bought them for my amplifiers, before Lukasz even introduced them in L7/B7 circuit.
I do not agree with your comments on Psvane WE replicas being no better than the stock ones. I have a pair here and they are not the same like any other chinese 101 clones. In fact they do look exactly the same as my we101d inside to be honest. Doesn't sound
as good however, sadly. But they are much better than ANY stock chinese 101d.
I tried in amps TJ mesh and solid plate, both porcelain and bakelit base,
psvane 3 types, and WE101D replicas are significantly better than all
I agree with point that they are too expensive however - that is the true.
one more thing to clarify
I was comparing Psvane clones of WE 101D in Tektron amps.
To my ears WE101D clones are not playing in the same leaque as Globe rca 45.
Listening to voice /instruments on one channel on my horns only ( due to lack of 2nd original WE101D ) ranking looks like this:
WE 101D original comes 1st with no doubt.
RCA UX-245 / Cunningham CX 345 , Acurus blue 145 in this exact order comes 2nd.
Difference is easy to live with, hence I am not desperate to spend thousand for
a matching tube .
Here a bit off subject, WE 205D (original - courtesy of my friend) to me are
closer to 101D in overall presentation than to 45 , but still differences are not to die for
Chinese 101D WE clones comes last , but this is tough competition here, so bear that in mind.
If I should put the rest of Chinese 101 here into the imaginative description of distance
and compare to tour de France
then all the rest comes anywhere between 30 - 39
So you can see the difference more clear with that kind of explanation.
I hope that you found it useful and it help you to not throw your $$$
out for nothing.CAVEAT: Again , in other circuits / systems than mine things may look different.
Also I do not know how my taste compares to yours, so it is more like
a few guide lines not the universal wisdom