Well, after about two months of vintage tube sound driven by 7355 tubes, I can't ever imagine listening to music seriously any other way. It's like my ears have found exactly what they've been looking for courtesy of a nearly 50-year old Bogen RP-60 receiver. There are 19 tubes in this baby! Sweet.
So I find myself just listening to everything through this receiver just to hear how much better it all sounds when played with those wonderful 7355 tubes and those lovely Mullard 12AX7 pre-amp tubes that are still singing sweetly after all these years. Amazing.
When I listen to older albums like Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music it feels like hearing the music exactly as it's supposed to be. Warm, rich and just right to the ears. Even a solid-state era piece like Steely Dan's Can't Buy a Thrill picks up a lot of fatness in the mids through this amp section. "Reelin' in the Years" with its overdriven guitar solos is a revelation on this set up.
Even CDs pick up some detail through this along with my Grant Fidelity B-283 tube processor to improve the signal going into the amp. I was listening to Dwight Yoakum's Under the Covers tonight and the B3 organ used througout this album comes singing right through in ways I've never heard it before.
Vintage tubes … just right.