12au7 in phono pre

I am very fortunate to have some good relationships on this forum. It’s a pleasure to be a part of such a friendly and supportive community.

@Clipdat and @dromunds have both been kind enough to let go of some great tubes for me to roll in the Vincent (partnered with the Rega Ania)

I just got Drew ‘s shipment today. In that shipment was a pair of 1950’s Mullards. I put one in the phono and omg! The soundstage came so alive in comparison to the Genalec Gold Lion. Cymbals are so sweet sounding. What an amazing experience and I’m only one tube in!!
Thanks to both of you as I have quite a bit of experimentation to look forward to for not a lot of coin.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,900
    Joe I put in a Electro Harmonix 12Au7 in my Vincent and was surprised, since we have the same Phono Pre would you suggest a Mullard over the Genelac Gold Lion you suggested to me a while back?
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,220
    Holy crap yes. The Sonics I am hearing right now with :
    The Doors -LAWoman
    Beck - morning phase
    Dave Grohl -Play

    Are on a whole different playing field than the G lion. Everything has opened. Bass is tighter. Cymbals are so engaging, but the imaging is off the charts. Huge improvement
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,900
    Beck Morning Phase is a fantastic album. I guess my next tube will be a Mullard over the Genelac Gold Lion, thanks for posting.
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,220
    Check your PM
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,220
    Here is a shot of the Mullard:

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  • verbverb Posts: 6,812
    Very nice Joe! Those look minty! :smile:
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  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,220
    Thanks to @Clipdat for these guys.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,063
    edited February 2
    Interesting to see a 12AU7 used in a phono preamp. It's a fairly "low mu" (technically "medium mu") tube compared to the 6922 or 12AX7 ("high mu") amplifier tubes usually used... or is the tube "just" used as a buffer after a solid stare amp/EQ stage in your preamp?

    amplification factor(s) of the 12AU7 = 17.0 (triode 1) and 19.5 (triode 2).
    http://www.tubebooks.org/tubedata/HB-3/Receiving_Tubes_Part_2/12AU7-A.PDF

    amplification factor of the 12AX7 = 100 (both triode sections).
    http://www.tubebooks.org/tubedata/HB-3/Receiving_Tubes_Part_2/12AX7-A.PDF
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,937
    edited February 2
    I believe the tube is used as a buffer for coloration.

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    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 22,063
    that makes sense
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,220
    That’s right guys. I don’t know a fraction of what you guys know, I just know when the Mullard went in, the sound was a huge change.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 13,743
    joecoulson wrote: »
    That’s right guys. I don’t know a fraction of what you guys know, I just know when the Mullard went in, the sound was a huge change.

    Naaa you were just mesmerized by the mullard orange glow. That electron cookoff will get you everytime.
  • joecoulsonjoecoulson Posts: 3,220
    True^
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  • verbverb Posts: 6,812
    joecoulson wrote: »
    Thanks to @Clipdat for these guys.

    I'm jealous! @Clipdat Drew where did you get those! :smile:
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,937
    I think it's cool that they made such a big difference.
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 6,937
    verb wrote: »
    I'm jealous! @Clipdat Drew where did you get those! :smile:

    Came with the Backert. I believe they are originally from here: http://arizonatubesupply.com/
    "Electronic music is human sound adapting to indulge technology, and for some, it feels like the signature sound of energy. New and abstract sounds over hypnotic rhythms can conjure vast soundscapes for escape, pleasure, and transcendence."
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