A few things I should have added in my last post above:1)
Some of the better/best sounding tubes that I have tried are also the most expensive. For example:
- TAK TA-300B
- Western Electric WE-300B
- ELROG 300B
- KR T-100 (and PX4)
Are they worth their cost? I say YES! But I'm not sure anyone who owns these would want to send them along on a lend-lease program due to their high cost. Even with insurance, if there is damage, you still need to fight with UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. to try and get your insurance payment. It can be a big hassle and risk to take.2)
The results that you will get with various DHTs in the LIO DHT PRE vs the L2 Signature Preamp (or L2-SE) may not be the same. Their circuits are different in a handful of ways, and the L2 grounding scheme takes care of any hum that certain DHTs had in LIO. For example, some DHTs such as the Psvane 101-D replica, which had excessive hum in the LIO DHT PRE, are hum-free in the L2.
So even with the same tubes, results are going to probably be different depending on if the tubes are used in the LIO DHT PRE circuit or the L2 Preamp / L2i-SE circuit. Just something to keep in mind...3)
Time - I am starting to ship L2i and L2i-SE units this coming week and I have a lot of orders from dealers, and LIO customers who are ready to trade-up. I also have two trade shows in November (DC, and NY), and other projects in the works. As a result, I unfortunately would not be able to help with running the tube loaner program.
Vinnie, if I foot the bill for the four most common tubes we used during the LIO DHT round-about and tried to bring in one or two higher-end tubes, would you be amenable to this? That way they would all come back to me and I'd take the financial risk. We could insure each transit of course.
If you want to run such a program, that is very generous of you! I'll leave that decision up to you. I am good with whatever you decide