That's probably a Mullard-made tube despite the label.
Like everything else, the price of ECC33s has gone up quite a bit. The last pair I purchased was a little less than 2 years ago and it cost $250 which I am sure is much higher than others paid a couple years before.
A lot depends on the particular type, condition, matched codes, original boxes, etc.
I would say $250 is on the "cheap" side nowadays, unless the ebay God is asleep.
BTW how do you like them David?
Right, they command high prices now.
I have not tried any of my ECC32's for a long time, to me the ECC series are very nice.
Most of the time I am very happy with my cheap tubes (less than $50) which I mostly use.
So even though it says made in Holland on it is actually British made? I guess that makes sense since the ECC tubes are a Mullard thing apparently. I am less versed on European tubes than American ones.
I am finding that post burn-in it is still too "in your face" for some types of music. Not harsh, just really forward and aggressive sounding. I never would have thought a tube could have dynamics like this. The most interesting thing is it doesn't really sound unnatural or artificial. The attack and decay on guitar notes was as good as holding one in your hand and hearing the real thing. It doesn't sound like a recording, it just sounds real. Very few tubes do this for me.
I like the ECC32 too, but for anything non-vocal I'm finding this ECC33 to be the more transparent. The ECC32 is impressively balanced sounding tonally, which means it is somewhat dry on my headphones of course. No major flaws to speak of, unlike the B65 which only seems to work well with certain types of music. But, when it works it works wonderfully I must say.
Yes, they weren't always exactly forthcoming with the truth.
I guess that makes sense since the ECC tubes are a Mullard thing apparently.
The ECC3x series especially.
Perhaps, you'd like to read up on the Cable Co.'s Headphone initiative and Lending Library:
My only problem with this is you have to buy stuff from them to get your lending deposit back, but for people planning to buy from them anyway it seems like a good deal.
So then how do we know that Holland-made Philips tube is made by Mullard in the UK?