LampizatOr Golden Atlantic + TRP

Last weekend I had a pleasure with several good and dear friends to hear at mine and at @wisnon place new reincarnation of LampizatOr Golden Atlantic Plus TRP where TRP stands for Tube Rollers Paradise. Where this name came from - actually the catch is that as output tubes this one uses pentode tubes working in triode mode ranging from El34, 6L6, KT88,90,120,150 and many more, while as recti tubes same ones can be used as for the rest of the Lampi family. What Norman told me, choice of tubes is getting into hundreds (considering variables of producers, types, etc.).
We rolled few El34s and KT120 as we had those on hand and El34 is/was clearly better than KT120 especially the NOS ones with Blackburn codes on them (xf3, xf4).
Sound wise what to say - maybe I could say is that this DAC is a nuclear bomb in a small package - just fantastic in every sense...speed, presentation, musicality, you name it.
Compared to my GG2, i still prefer mine, due to larger scale of everything and also having a bit more of that tube seductive character, but when things are put into perspective and if being realistic I could live happily ever after with TRP.
Again a fantastic DAC from Lampi team and they really nailed it. Respect!
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Golum

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BTW - if all goes well next week and Chinese don’t arrest me for dragging bunch of tubes around, there will be one more 274b for comparison - PSvane ACME 274b
 
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@Monsterzero you might want to check over on the Glenn thread or with Deyan, but I don't think that adapter converts from 5v to 4v. I think it just "adapts" the base pins. And I think the Glenn OTL is setup for a 5v or 4v rectifier. I also tried one of these adapters on another amp of mine and blew a fuse :) (luckily just a fuse).
 
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Anyone tried the Mullard EL37 with this DAC? As per most vintage tubes there appears to be many variations of this tube as well. Fat bulbous glass, regular coke bottle style glass, halo getter, square getter, etc....
 
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Something I've been meaning to drop into the discussion is that a tube vendor in England who seems to know his stuff (has a hard science research background) said the following about the Taki rectifier after taking a look online: "the Taki is nicely made, from what I can see its a direct clone of a WE original with a price tag to match." FWIW.
 
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BTW - if all goes well next week and Chinese don’t arrest me for dragging bunch of tubes around, there will be one more 274b for comparison - PSvane ACME 274b
Managed to go under the radar with tubes..
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And happily enjoying the 274b ACME recti...goooood stuff....very good..
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Golum

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Just spoke with Ked and i don’t have an answer to your question at the moment nor will have it till mid Oct. as the house is full non stop and all the listening is done purely to enjoy some music with the kids. But yeah even like this i would say they are exceptional all of them and maybe we talk about small differences in this or that way. And i listen with RK242s at the moment. Seems to me there will be some crazy weekend down the road with huge recti shootout...and Fabio has Taka on top so we are well stashed ;)
 

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Anyone tried the Mullard EL37 with this DAC? As per most vintage tubes there appears to be many variations of this tube as well. Fat bulbous glass, regular coke bottle style glass, halo getter, square getter, etc....
Fat bottle way better than skinny and much more expensive. Fat is fast, skinny is slow. Skinny is like $150, Fat is like 350.
 
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Fat bottle way better than skinny and much more expensive. Fat is fast, skinny is slow. Skinny is like $150, Fat is like 350.
To what degree is that true in general? I've been told that the old Fat Boy KT66's were the best of the lot. I've also been told that in production the best testing 25% of KT66's went to the military, and thus presumably got darkened, while the next 50% went to the public and remained transparent, while the rest came out under other names or whatever. At the same time, audiophiles have been reluctant to buy the darkened ones, whether simply out of appearance or perhaps out of distrust for or ignorance of what military quality meant in terms of sound quality.
 
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And now the Million Dollar question:
What is your ranking of all the rectifiers you have at hand?
Fugly Frank 596, PSVane 274b, Elrog 274b and the RK 5u4g?
That is the million dollar question. I wish we could somehow connect and try out the RK60, U52, and Brimar 5Z4Y that I have incoming to the costlier heavy hitters Psvane 274B, and Elrog 274B.

At least we will have some new relative datapoints since I also have the 596, and RK 5U4G.
 
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I believe these are the first 5 types of GEC/Osram KT66. The first four (from left to right) are the earliest with the larger ST glass type. I also believe the VT-75 was the type used by the RAF (Royal Air Force). Most have the inverted saucer getter, although two have a very flat circular getter.

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Golum

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Btw, which other Psvane tubes besides the 274B did you get?
Other ones are ACME 211 and WE Replica 101d - but not for me...
 
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