If the Amperex PQ are not even in the same league, I am well and truly screwed! Because these USN-CEPs are sounding so schweet right now! Not even in the same league? Are you sure you're not employing hyperbole?
I don't want to pay $500 for a pair of CCa gray plates.
Well, that's the nature of the hobby I guess, that final 1% is the most expensive...
Well, you can look at it like .... you can afford 2-3 sets of tubes and tailor your sound depending on what you're listening to/your mood or have one set of CCa tubes and maybe you're stuck with them if you don't like the way they sound?
And I have a set of Telefunken E88CC/6922s that I put down about $400 for a matched pair. They are nice, really great tubes and one of my favorites. But I enjoy the Brimars I bought for $100, the Lorenz I bought for $50, the Amperex A-Frame dimple disc pair I bought for $50 and on and on. In retrospect did I really need to spend $400 on one set? Probably not, and if I think about it too much, definitely not and I should probably have been smarter with my money. I'm still glad to have them I guess, and I'll hold on to them a couple of years and maybe sell them for more than I paid for them (or an asteroid will demolish the earth tomorrow, who knows!)
Edited by toschek - 3/5/13 at 8:18pm