So much for holding off and letting the bank balance recover before buying some more tubes for my new Lyr.....just had an offer accepted on a pair of 1961 Bugle Boys! Thanks again for the recommendation nelamvr6 - looking forward to trying them out
I was warned not to enter this thread. I can see why some of the guys said it was a slippery slope as I've only gone and bought a pair of the Brimar 6BQ7A ilikepooters mentioned too. Due to the low value they should be customs friendly and they sounded interesting, so I figured why not?
The mad thing is I've only used the stock GE's for about 12 hours and I already have 2 more sets in the post.....the GE's actually sound pretty good to my ears once they've warmed up. Out of interest how much burn in time do they usually need before they're at their best?
Burn in time can vary, some people think 100-200 hours for complete burn in, but on those Brimar you bought i noticed a big change with just 12 hours of burn in, i just left them over night playing pink noise on some old junk headphones. They started off muddy, harsh treble and pretty congested, but everything opened up, should get better with more hours on them.
Voskhod 6N1P opened right up after an overnight burn in session, wish i hadn't given them away now. My Mullard 6BQ7A (fakes) sound spectacular after only 18 hours of burn in.