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I rolled Sophia Electric El34's into a AVA Ultravalve that had stock Electroharmonix 6CA7 tubes and they made an across the board improvement. Currently, I have an EAR 534 that came with EH EL34's and I recently replaced them with cryo'd Genalex KT77's.
Cheap enough, but very warm sounding. Prefer uncolored sound.
I agree with Dave - the EL34 is quite a good sounding tube. And most of the time you have the ability to dial in the sound depending on which one you use. In my own stash of tubes I like the Amperex (Mullard) with double D getters. Not cheap though. Of the new production, I actually don't like the KT77, it's too dry sounding for me. Believe me, I've tried and tried to like it but I just don't. On the other hand, I do really like the new production Mullards. They aren't as good as the vintage Mullards, but then again, what is?As a dark horse candidate, I'd recommend a good new production KT66 from Gold Lion. Those are mighty fine sounding tubes. And they are drop-in replacements for an EL34.
+1EL34 is versatile tube it can work as real Triode due the independent grid/screen.In other thread on tubes a AC member informed KT77 sounded as Transistor in his amp which is not bad, just a different flavor available to the audiophiles.KT66 is a very linear tube and dont overdrive in guitar amps, its all about hi-fi sound.
I'm talking about the differences in the brands.https://www.tubesandmore.com/search/node/el34?cats%5B0%5D=1&sort=price_low_to_high
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