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05-08-2015, 06:45 AM
After lots of reading and asking for suggestions, I settled on Matched Sets of Genalex Gold Lion Gold Pins in both 12AX7 and 12AU7 to retube my VAC CLA1. The current tubes I have were purchased from VAC but at least one of the AU7s is very micro-phonic and I am not getting what I want out of the no-name Chinese AX7s. The Jan-Phillips AU7s are OK, but I am being told I am not at the full potential of this Pre with the current cheaper tubes. I got each matched set for $75 and hope to have them before the end of next week.

Rollin Rollin Rollin, Keep those tubes a Rollin :9:

05-08-2015, 08:28 AM
Congrats on the tubes. Give them about 25-30 hours of break in. They will sound rough at first.

05-08-2015, 08:33 AM
Thanks for that tip Raven!

Will update after that

Jack in Wilmington
05-08-2015, 09:47 AM
I'll be interested to see how you like the tubes. My pre has 4 12AU7's and I could use a new set to roll.

05-08-2015, 10:26 AM

My pre uses both sets in normal or high gain, but only the AX7s if in passive Buffered mode.

05-09-2015, 03:25 PM
Awesome hyfi!!! i have the gold lions too in my preamp, very nice tubes.

05-18-2015, 08:53 AM
Got my tubes last week and have about 20+ hours of music time on them now, so not fully broken in yet. But, the improvements are easily noticed. The bass is still a little congested, but I now have much more bass than ever from this setup. The detail, separation of instruments, and quieter noise floor / background are very noticeable.

Great tubes for the money for sure!

05-18-2015, 02:35 PM
Glad to hear the tubes worked out for you. It is always a crap shoot. I am hoping that I don't get the urge to tube roll in my new Cary DAC. You can drive yourself crazy rolling tubes in search for the holy grail of tubes.