Desperate tube noob needs tube recommendations - please help

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    After 27 years in the audio hobby, I finally got my hands on a couple of tube amps and discovered I like them a lot! I'm keeping a Woo WA22 2nd gen because it's the one I like the most for many reasons, though I know not everyone loves this amp. No matter how much reading I seem to do, I just cannot wrap my head around tubes; they confuse the ever living schiit out of me! At this point, after what seems like an eternity of reading posts on here and headfi, I give up and I'm asking for help!

    I don't hear anything wrong with the stock tubes, but people say they suck, so I'll just concede and replace them. I listen to rock music almost exclusively, and currently using Sennheiser HD820, but probably switching to Fostex TH900 very soon. I'm looking for a set of 5 tubes I guess, I really want to keep it around $500 for the set, tubes must be new (not interested in used tubes). I want tubes that sound detailed, airy, musical, warm, and hit as hard as possible - no polite nonsense here! ALSO, and I KNOW how ridiculous this sounds, I want tubes that look cool too! The stock tubes barely even glow when they're on, I want a F'n light show if possible! And yes, I know I should plug in my beats headphones and bose speakers and some LED bulbs, I know. Just help me out here, please; what tubes to I buy for this thing? :)
     
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    Yes, I know, I've already read that post. As I stated, I like and am keeping the WA22. I am looking for tube recommendations for this amp. Also as stated, I am using the HD820, and likely switching to the TH900.
     
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    Wow you guys are a tremendous help. Thank you both! I'm going to head over to ASR right now and order one of those exploding Topping amps! They have serious glow potential!
     
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    There is also a tube thread as well. I think Gazny is trying to point out that we generally don't start a new thread for topics like this.

    The glow is nice to look at but I think the answers you'll get on this forum only apply to the sound characteristics. Never tried a WA22, I did have an amp that took the same power tubes. NOS Tung Sol 5998's tend to be recommended due to their continued availability and they match a lot of what you're requesting (airy & detailed). "Musical" is too subjective to try and match. You may also like the Tung Sol Chatham 6080 power tubes which I found more bass heavy and possibly more slam than the 5998's. Tube experimentation gets expensive and the improvements tend to be incremental. If you want to save a hassle and be done with it, just get the 5998's. As for the drivers and rectifier, I haven't heard enough varieties of those types to have a useful recommendation.
     
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    And don't buy the 5998's from Woo, that's way overpriced. You can find them for around $300+ a pair for NOS.
     
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