Originally Posted by chris carter
But I find it absolutely crazy that people here (why they all seem to congregate on GS as opposed to other forums, I will never know) who insist on modding something they've never heard and never used with basically no basis whatsoever (or innacurate basis!!) is striking.
Slamming on Gearslutz members for wanting better sound, how original...
There's a few components that will, generally, sound "better". They're no brainers. Better cables, minimal signal paths, better tubes, etc, etc. Unless you like smeared, muddy, unresponsive, harsh, bandwith-limited sound, then getting rid of the stock Russian tube will make it "better". You may find it "crazy" but added detail, dynamics, and responsiveness are rarely bad. No need to jump all over the guy.
Some may say I'm biased because I sell tubes but, for those interested, go to the "Shootout" section and check out Johan's (World Studios) thread featuring tube comparisons in a CL1B. You can hear a common "stock" Russian tube in an honest comparison with various others. Some modern, some vintage. Those differences will be there, no matter what gear you put them in. I will say that the CL1B doesn't show as dramatic a difference as most gear but it is evident none-the-less.