Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Gardendale, Alabama
Played my first show on some vintage power tubes...
By the grace of the good lord I found a quad of Sylvania STR-415's hiding in a peavey power amp, and got to play our Metal Blade showcase show with my Mesa loaded up with them...
The jury is in; the hype is definitely real. Vintage USA made tubes are whats up.
At idle they glow softly with no sign of strain...same under any heavy load...I can see why they are rated for 10,000 hours! (yes - ten thousand hours!)
Tone is rich, full, punchy, and everything you want from a powerful 6L6. Bandwidth fills up the room with full spectrum gain.
If you can find/afford them - get them. Sylvania, RCA...dual halo getters are the way to go!