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Does changing the stock tube in a mic make a big difference?

 
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DAWesome

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1 Posted on 09/29/2014 at 05:55:08Direct link to this post
I'm hoping to test out a new tube in my sE Electronics sE2200T (https://en.audiofanzine.com/tube-condenser-microphone/se-electronics/Se-2200T/), but I'd like to know if replacing the stock tube with a NOS tube make would produce a noticeable improvement in sound quality?

The mic uses an ECC83 (12AX7) dual-triode tube, and I'd like to replace it with something that'll add a warmer element to the tone.

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2 Posted on 10/25/2014 at 15:09:08Direct link to this post
It depends on many factors. Depending on your preamp and monitor situation, it may make a difference. I don't believe newer microphones with tubes are all that much better than their solid state cousins. I do know that older, vintage mics definitely do improve with better tubes. In your studio, there's really no way to gauge it unless you try the new tube first, after which, of course, you won't be able to return it.

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