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post #16 of 28

^ sounds about right. for me with 5-6 hours daily it'll be like 3 years, which i can live with.

 

yeah i fear tung sol's will become extremely expensive as well. also the other power (GEC 6AS7, WE 421A) and drive (Siemens CCa, Mullard CV2492, Amperex 6922 PQ, etc....) tubes will rise in price too.


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 3/11/13 at 9:12pm
post #17 of 28
From what I've seen the WE421A is generally even more $$ than the TS5998.

And I'm seeing quite a bit of variation in prices for the EZ80 rect. tubes. Entirely possible there are subtle differences I'm not aware of (eg, date of manufacture) that command a premium.
post #18 of 28
Deleted duplicate post. Stupid phone.
Edited by DWolff - 3/11/13 at 10:50pm
post #19 of 28
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From what I've seen the WE421A is generally even more $$ than the TS5998.

And I'm seeing quite a bit of variation in prices for the EZ80 rect. tubes. Entirely possible there are subtle differences I'm not aware of (eg, date of manufacture) that command a premium.

 

yup.  the WE421A is rare and often sells for 275$+ a tube or around 500 for a pair or more. its be hotly debated whether or not its the same as the 5998, half saying its the same, some saying it has different specs, and others truly saying it has more gain and a cleaner sound, it doesn't matter, its a very rare tube. if i had the money, i'd buy it just for bragging rights biggrin.gif

 

theres not much out there for EZ80 tubes, probably why the prices are all over the place. i don't believe its been fully decided if theres 1 superior tube out there. just a post made a while ago comparing a few and saying the Brimar EZ80 was the best. the Ei EZ80 and RFT EZ80 are supposed to be good too, and another thread said the older Tesla EZ81 (not the new JJ) is good as well. theres some debate on the mullard or telefunken ez80, some people find the mullard too slow or the tele too harsh, so prices very on those too. jack sells the siemens ez80 for like 160$, might be too much since i found a pair for like 65 bucks on ebay, though i didn't want it, i don't think EZ80's are necessarily too different from one another, not as much as the power/drive tubes are. 

 

i personally bought the Tesla EZ81 and enjoy it, i found some cheap RFT EZ80 recently and im awaiting a pair of those, probably won't be rolling much more as far as the rectifiers goes.

post #20 of 28

A couple of NOS 421As just went for <$160 each on eBay. Should've bid on those while I could.

 

I'm getting the impression that certain NOS tubes are basically like rare collectibles. Except that people actually use them instead of just putting them under glass and staring at them so they get rarer and rarer over the years.

post #21 of 28
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Thanks very much for sharing your experience.

By my math that works out to ~5 years with 2-3 hours of daily use. Sounds good to me. Don't know if this is truly justified, but I'm a bit afraid of what replacement TS 5998s will cost 5 years from now.

 

Get some stock now ;)

post #22 of 28
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A couple of NOS 421As just went for <$160 each on eBay. Should've bid on those while I could.

 

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post #23 of 28
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Get some stock now ;)

That's kinda what I'm thinking.

I know right now that the GF is going to ask me why I have a bunch of funny old light bulbs laying around.

post #24 of 28
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That's kinda what I'm thinking.

I know right now that the GF is going to ask me why I have a bunch of funny old light bulbs laying around.

 

Perfect...They are new and improved light bulbs with state of the art energy efficiency that will save you $$$ in the long run....Oh wait...If you stay on head-fi there will be no $$$ left.....cool.gifbeerchug.gif

 

 

Pic taken in 2008...Oh boy, if I just would have stopped there...frown.gif

 

 

 

 

Was looking for my favorite cheapie power tube for the WA2 (6H13C) to see what the worldwide stock / inventory looked like at the moment...Not too many sellers on the bay....Wow...these used to be readily available for like 25 beans for a quad....

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ECC230-6AS7G-6N13S-Svetlana-Tubes-Lot-of-2-NOS-/261163892264?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item3cce94be28

 

 

Cheers!!!

post #25 of 28

Well forget precious metals!
 

NOS vacuum tube hording: THE commodities investment of the 21st century!

Someone could found a brokerage. 

post #26 of 28

LOL...

 

Great idea...The 5998s could be had for $20 a pop about three-four years ago...Look at their prices now...7236s were not as inexpensive as the 5998s, but then the boom came and everything went up dramatically...

 

Cheers!!!

post #27 of 28

Hi All,

 

I'm still mostly a tube-rolling newbie. Just wondering: Are any companies still making really good-sounding tubes today?

 

I should be getting the WA2 soon, after happily living with the WA3 for a while now.

post #28 of 28
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LOL...

Great idea...The 5998s could be had for $20 a pop about three-four years ago...Look at their prices now...7236s were not as inexpensive as the 5998s, but then the boom came and everything went up dramatically...

Cheers!!!

I always wonder how come jack woo hasnt run out of tung sol 7236's, theyre like impossible to find anywhere else
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