Best KT88 tubes?

trav0810trav0810 Posts: 1,019
I'm going to be purchasing a Quad of KT88 tubes and I have NEVER owned an amp that used 6550's or 88's. Looking for advidlce from someone who has experience with this particular tube.
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  • KennethSwaugerKennethSwauger Moderator Posts: 6,685
    edited October 6
    Original Gold Lion/Genelex KT88
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,899
    edited October 5
    Check with Jim McShane. Have a look at his website, he makes solid recommendations on the new production tubes. I don't sue KT88's so I can't say based on experience.

    H9
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,548
    heiney9 wrote: »
    I don't sue KT88's so I can't say based on experience.

    H9

    Did not know there was a field of law specializing in this area. I wonder if KT120's and other tubes can be sued. :p ;)

    I use KT-120's and love them. I find they have a little more punch in the bass department and more extension up top than do the KT-88's. If your amp can run 88's then it should be able to do the 120's without difficulty, but check with the company that built the amp to be sure...

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  • trav0810trav0810 Posts: 1,019
    The amp can run either. It actually comes with 120's, but I have generally found that the lower the wattage of the tube, the more I like it's sound, so I was going to drop down to 88's

    It's basically the Carver Crimson 275
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  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 5,595
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,582
    Shuguang Treasures

    If you're going with new production tubes then I think Shuguang Treasures are probably best for the money.
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  • stretchlstretchl Posts: 1,110
    Shuguang Treasures

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  • dhart86dhart86 Posts: 1,428
    kharp1 wrote: »
    Shuguang Treasures

    If you're going with new production tubes then I think Shuguang Treasures are probably best for the money.

    What they ^^^said
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