This came in the mail today. Plugged it in and it works just fine. Sounds an awful lot like the Phillips PCC189 when it was new, so undoubtedly needs some breaking in as the Phillips did (which now sounds very nice, indeed). And it only cost me $7.24 including the postage. Can't beat that price.
Originally Posted by BluesDaddy
With my refund from the bad tube I bought I had to buy another tube, no? So, since I liked the sound of the Philips ECC189 I got so much, I thought I'd try this RCA -
- less than $10 including shipping. Maybe the same tube as the Philips, but worth having a spare!
These also came:
Amperex Orange globe with a dimpled getter.
Amperex "A" frame with dimpled getter.
Both of these are in much better shape than I thought they would be. Picked them up off Ebay for $17 total. I swapped out the Orange Globe for the RCA 6ES8 and it truly was like night and day - the difference made me go "wow". The bass is what first hits you - and then the palpability (if that is a word_ - everything is just so "real", like you could reach out and touch it. Truly wonderful. Don't even want to swap it out to hear the Amperex A frame. The Bugle Boy was the best I'd heard, but this is a whole other level. Very sweet.
Edited by BluesDaddy - 3/15/13 at 12:26pm