It's a pretty simple answer. You've got the new Russian ones sold under the Sovtek and Svetlana names (and often rebranded in various ways (including Mullard, Siemens, etc) and all of the NOS tubes.
I'm not even sure if the Russian ones are still available, but the difference in quality (discounting tone which is totally subjective) is so great that ANY of the NOS ones are FAR superior to the Russian tubes.
Myles ran some curve traces on a bunch of these a while back and the Russian ones didn't even meet the published spec while ALL of the NOS tubes he tested exceeded specs.
You can't go wrong with any of the NOS EF86s. The Dario Miniwatts seem to be a favorite with Z owners including Mike Z.
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Post by kerryprotools on Oct 14, 2005 2:41:34 GMT -7
To my ear, you simply cannot beat a telefunken ef-86. Very,very gainy and silky smooth. Much closer to a "Robben Ford" type sound than the Miniwatt, which is also a great tube-just not as much hair. "Script ES Combo " :PTo my ear, you simply cannot beat a telefunken ef-86. Very,very gainy and silky smooth. Much closer to a "Robben Ford" type sound than the Miniwatt, which is also a great tube-just not as much hair. "Script ES Combo " 2 -12 GB @ 4ohms Hermida "Zendrive" -the secret weapon
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