I have them burning in now but from initial listening think sweeter Lorenz's, just a lovely sound so far. Also, ultra quiet tubes, not a ting, not a rustle. Also, next to the Marconi's I think these are my most beautiful tubes but for a different reason.
Firstly these are the cleanest pins I have seen so far, I think they may be gold plated as there was no corrosion and they were nice and shiny. I just cleaned them with alcohol thats all!
Second reason is that these have large cut-outs in the metal cylinder inside the tube so one can actually see very clearly the grid inside. Also the getter flash is very little so it is easy to see the shiny mica top plate and the D Getter (D getter means these are early tubes, probably no later than mid 1950's.
I have them paired with the Mil-spec Sylvania's and it is a lovely pairing. Those who ordered the Cifte's from this seller expect pretty much the same in terms of sound as both these brands are made side by side in the Mazda Suresness factory in France.
I have taken some pictures, a few more than normal as hopefully I have captured the details so you can see a bit of what is inside these types of tubes!
First up is a shot of the tubes fresh out of the rather attractive boxes (BTW, in case your wondering my desk top is an image sent by a friend of mine who is a Kondo Audio Note dealer and this shows the full Kondo Audio Note set up in his showroom including the new power amp and speakers!)
Check those pins out, I swear, I had not even cleaned them with alcohol when I took this shot, nicely blued at the top of the pins to show they have gone through extra check at the factory so I am guessing these tubes are high grade ones.
Next up a nice shot of the "D" Getter, though the Mica top looks dull it is in fact shiny.
Lastly in the amp with the Sylvania's enjoying some burn in.. But look closely at the one on the far right, this is the cut out I was on about and you can see clearly the grid inside the tube! I will fiddle around a post a close up of that!
Edited by ianmedium - 7/24/13 at 5:04pm