well now ace, i probably like japanese a little more than you. having worked on japanese electro-mech equipment for 7 years i grew to appreciate the dependability and 'technician' friendliness of it. I have a 30 yr old japanese bike that i would ride just about anywhere anytime. because i can count on it, my soul transfers into the otherwise void bike because there are no performance and handling worries.most people want dependabilty, that's probably why companies go there.on the other hand, i like some things in other areas where people stay mainstream. i piddle with vacuum tube audio equipment while most like ic components. i'm into swapping out yugoslavian, russian, american, british and chinese tubes to get various characteristics on a vocalist, etc. you like taking apart and re-assembling bikes in the same manner. because of you, i'm starting to dig it, also.
A "tube guy"!I'm also a"tube guy".
i've just discovered tubes the past couple of years. my training was in transistor amps. my design project was a hoot. a power amp that blinked the lights at power on. i've looked at amp kits to really get more into tube theory, but there are so many irons in the fire right now, i chose to go with a tube pre-amp/mic processor to use to record some tracks. right now, i just have variety of 12 ax7 from around the world for vocal tracks and want to get a good matched pair for mastering, maybe some NOS. i need something to keep me outta trouble
Regarding mass produced bikes, I would give shed room to a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic.But some specials are magical.http://www.ccmmotorcyclesuk.com/cr-40/index.phpI have linked to that company before on this forum but the CCM CR40 is just as right as right can be and it is the best use of a Suzuki motor that you are ever going to see.Weighs nothing and goes like stink, and the price ain't too bad either.
NOS old Telefunken 12AX7 from the 1960s is generally considered the very best, IF you can find some Yugoslavian 12AX7 tubes made by Ei,
NOS old Telefunken 12AX7 from the 1960s is generally considered the very best, most neutral and accurate 12AX7 available, if you can find any or afford them.After that, It's probably Amperex Bugle Boy, but they have some particular sound to them, in comparison to the neutrality of the Telefunkens.I like the Amperex, and they sound really good, and I couldn't find any old NOS Telefunkens at the time I was looking, that I could afford.IF you can find some Yugoslavian 12AX7 tubes made by Ei, they were made on the original Telefunken tooling that was sold to Yugoslavia in the 1970s.However that factory was bombed and destroyed during the war in Yugoslavia during the late 1980s, so that tooling is destroyed forever, much to the dismay of tube enthusiasts everywhere.The Ei tubes made during the 1970s and 1980s were Telefunken tubes made in Yugoslavia, if you can get them, and they actually were made during that time period.
Re: tubes. A friend of mine has a hand-built Wright monoblock tube amp, with tubes from the radio unit of an allied WWII submarine. It gives the cleanest, warmest sound I have ever heard from a stereo. One afternoon we listened to Beethoven's 9th, followed of course by Black Sabbath. The music was so palpable it tasted like steak.On my budget, though, I think the best I'll be looking at is a Dynaco Stereo 70, which I hope to procure before all the vinyl shops are gone here.Jeff
Yeah, the loss of the EI factory was really unfortunate. I'm coming at it from a different angle - guitar amps (where neutral sound is not necessarily the goal). To that end, NOS Mullards are very nice as well. For new manufacture tubes, I've had good luck with the ECC83, EL84, and 6L6GC tubes from JJ (made in the old Tesla factory). I'm running JJ's in a replica of a 1965 Marshall JTM45 I built, and they are really good in that amp. The 6L6GC's can take really high plate voltage, so they are lasting a long time in that amp, even though they get beat up pretty good. That amp really wants KT66's, but I wasn't happy with the Russian or Chinese KT66's. Supposedly someone is making copies of the Genelex KT66's and KT88;s now that I'm curious to try (originals are horribly expensive).I'd love to try building something for a hi-fi application. My Dad's gear was all 50's tube gear along with original Wharfedale ported speakers and it sounded so rich and 3d.Eamon
The latest Triumph retro Bonnevilles have totally lost their way, and if I wanted one of those, I'd buy one from about 4 or 5 years ago, when they still sort of looked good and had wire wheels and didn't have the "swirly" chopper brake disc that looks like it came from JC Whitney's close-out parts bin for Harleys. I think Bloor is on drugs.The best Triumph nowadays is the 675 Daytona triple, but it looks rather Japanese to me.
I agree for the most part on the new Bonnies, although I think the T100 and Scrambler still look pretty good. Still got the wire wheels on those - the cast wheels look awful IMO.Eamon