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John Marks on Leben CS600 at FSI
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Great purchase!

It is hard to best the EL34's midrange.

For more extension at both ends and more pop, I like KT88s. I bet the Leben can happily use them.

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Totally read my mind, Elk. I've been wanting to try the KT-88s, especially for the extension at both ends, but the bottles are a tad tall, which would mean using the Leben without the top cover. I guess that would be okay, but I kind of like the look of the Leben with the top on. (I told you I was vain, right? ) If I could choose any NOS tubes to use on the Leben, though, they'd be Western Electric 350B tubes... although I'd have to use the Leben sans cover for them, too.

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The Leben does look great with the cover on.

I will admit though the part of the appeal of tubes is the glow and warmth - I just like them. Thus I would be tempted to run it without the cover.

I adore the sound EL34 tubes make when cooling. They emit a delicious gentle tinkling. The KT88s are silent. Bummer.

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What KT-88s do you recommend, Elk? I saw that the Gold Lion Reissue KT-88s have been getting a good word of mouth, as well...

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