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    Re: MA252 Tube Rolling

    Yea, I thought that they should improve with a bit of time. But, right out of the box the difference was very noticeable! Your brother needs a set of these tubes! Gold Lions all the way around, all four tubes .
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    Re: MA252 Tube Rolling

    Boy, this is some exciting news! Right out of the box they sound better!

    Can you tell us which grade and other options you chose to go with?

    Thanks!
    - Steve

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    Re: MA252 Tube Rolling

    I got them from Upscale Audio. Shipping to me is ridiculously fast. I decided to get the Gold grade. I did not feel it was worth paying extra for the Platinum grade or "Kevin's Stash" since I believe that is more or less just a money maker for them. I personally believe the gold pin version is important (that is all that Upscale sells, other venders sell a lower variety), especially with the McIntosh since the the tube sockets are also gold receptacles.

    First listen last evening it was an instant noticeable improvement to me. Of course, your mileage may vary. For me it was the largest improvement for dollar spent ever in this crazy hobby!
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    Re: MA252 Tube Rolling

    Thanks for the helpful info Randy! Kevin's a great guy to deal with and there's never any pressure at his shop. He'll sit you down to audition something and leave the room until you have to go look for him. I like that.
    - Steve

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    Re: MA252 Tube Rolling

    Hmmm I should try with my MC75s and C2500.
    Is Sophia good I wonder?
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    Re: MA252 Tube Rolling

    I have heard good things about them. I know many times I have heard people say how satisfied they are with the McIntosh and Golden Lion tube combo.
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