It's my goal to get a small selection of different tubes that will give me an idea of the basic differences in tubes and their sonic character so that I can educate myself in what basic characteristics in a tube I prefer. I would like to stay with tubes that are not astronomically expensive in the beginning. something like the Gold Lion KT88's would probably be the most expensive I would like to go initially, at least until I get an idea of what direction I will go.
I have heard tubes in the past that had a distinctly 'fuzzy' sound, they reminded me of the old style fuzz boxes some classic rock bands used years ago. I would prefer to stay away from that if possible otherwise I'm open to experimentation.
Oh yea ....
Tubes that go up in flames within a few days or weeks are not especially appealing to me either, even if they sound great. (grin)
Oh yea - kinda' important.
The amp is a ST 120 (Bob's)