Sorry Nic, didn't do it on purpose.
I also got some 5998's from the same seller cheap.
No worries, I bid low as well. Interested in your views however. I have asked about other French tubes recently here and was was told not to bother, however my experrience was very different. The ones I have (not 6080s) are high quality.
What can be considered as a good price for NOS testing 5998 ?
I don't see many (probably they are more on US only auctions), but some can be won below the average price I see.
i still gotta put the rest of my tubes up on ebay, there might be some other 6AS7G/6080/421A/5998/7236's popping up soon
It seems that Philips ECG 6080WC sound improves very much with many hours of burn-in. When i got those Russian 6N13S's i realised new 6080WC's sounded pretty dull and lack of detail. So i tried to listen with russians, but one tube had buzz and hum problem and it did not go away, so i was forced to listen with 6080's.
I think these 6080WC are not even near of the best tubes, but after serious burn-in they sound quite pleasing. And these are very cheap tubes in this class.
Hope to get multiple 6N5S '65, 6N13S '66, Rca 6AS7G and pair of used philips miniwatt 6080/ecc230 Holland next week. This means hard times for my diy amp.
Got more tubes. Won't say anything about sound. Just few hours of listening with these.
Philips ECC230 used and paired with similar looking philips 6080. These were used, but they seem to work fine.
6N5S (6H5C) '65. Don't know is there any difference with 6N13S.
And finally i got RCA 6AS7G's '69 and '67. I believe these are grey-plated.