Yeah, not quite that old...
These were the sort of 'budget' tubes I was talking about. These are just the common Amperex PQ 6DJ8 / ECC88s from Holland (£15 pair, about $23 before P and P (was free in UK)) but I find the 6DJ8 / ECC88 Mullards from England generally easier to find over here. I wonder whether this type of tube is just easier to find this side of the pond and hence the difference usage.
The common Amperex 6DJ8 is only common in the US because Amperex was a brand for the US market. In Europe, the common Philips ECC88 is the exact same tube (when both are Heerlen-made).
In most European countries, you can expect to find the tube branded either Philips, Miniwatt or Philips Miniwatt. Some markets had their local Philips brands such as Valvo and Mullard. Mullard, of course, also made many ECC88s in their UK factories. It's quite understandable that these are easy to find in their home market.
Since you asked (kind of). You got Heerlen right. Good job! On the other hand, for reasons unknown, you wrote Amperex when you should have written Philips. The Amperex receiving tube plant was in Hicksville, Long Island, New York.
I have to say, big thumbs-up on the Tungsram ECC85s. Not the widest soundstage I've ever heard, but still very good, and great depth. They're still burning in but I'm very happy with what I've heard so far.
Bonus, they're dirt cheap right now.
Yeah, they give a very "natural" sound the the instruments and vocals but the sound stage is a bit narrow (imagine hearing music in a lounge or tavern vs. a music hall).
It is interesting to hear how the same tubes compare in different amps. It's kind of a bummer to collect all these great tubes for the Lyr, then change to a different amp and find that the "great" tubes aren't so great for it.
Part of the hobby, I guess...or Jason is using some kind of magic pixie-schiit dust to make the tubes sound great...
I have a solution.
I will stick with "A company in North America. " and "A company in Europe"
Sounds like a win - win to me.
It's about the music.
How would you compare RTC-LYR-LCD3 to RTC-LG-HD800
I like "jaw-dropper"