Do you guys recommend anything in particular from stock?
I'm not sure whether this is an intentional difference on the reborn rectos to the previous model(s) but the gain seems to be awfully inactive until you get up to around 2-3 o'clock, which is ridiculously high (this is unboosted, though) when compared to previous models. Like it's very dry and undergained, and doesn't really get juicy and saturated until you're 3/4 full on the dial.
I'm wondering if that's the stock valves on the way out or something, but in any event it got me thinking about preamp valves in general and what would make this amp perform/sound better.
Any recommendations from Recto users?
I have a reborn Triple and it seems to have just as much or more gain then my roadking V1 and ractifier revision F.
You are going to get a lot of Tung-sol in V1, I really do not care for it but most people love it, but that tube also lowers the gain a little so I would stay away from it. If you are having that much trouble with the gain you might have a pre-amp going bad or a very low gain pre-amp tube.