I currently have 3 different tubes, when I get my T1 I will have 4. Should be a good starting point.
Anyone knows an ebay link with a must have? Or a lot with different kinds of tubes or something? :)
Don't run too far! I hear what you're saying, but wondering if hifi puts the same stress on a tube as guitar playing. We're not driving tubes into distortion, etc., so perhaps that sweet spot last longer - especially for these pre-amp tubes. The Philips tube I have I HAD to push it because it was practically unlistenable to me in the beginning. It sounds so sweet now I'm glad I did what I did.
Hey thanks guys. I also think this is very cool setup. Feel free to do the same. Cigar boxes look very nice and smell nice too (I'm no smoker but still) Just remember to take the dimensions into careful consideration, especially if you are planning on inserting the tubes in standing position. The foam plactic that came with T1 is perfect for lining the bottom of the box (it's thick enough so that the pins are not going through). You can also easily see the pin holes after removing the tube. Also the tape I used is not normal painter's tape but thicker and stronger freezer tape. Happy hunting guys and as long as we keep buying relatively cheap tubes it's fun and not so expensive hobby (for us T1 owners it's really hard to justify putting anything over $50 to one tube. You can get great tubes for only a fraction of that). It's really rewarding to hear the differences in sound + these vintage tubes look very nice. Looking forward of seeing more storing solutions.
All good points. Fortunately, I thought about this when choosing a box to buy. At first I was looking at a box that was just 3 inches deep. Took a tube box out and measured it and it was 3 inches, so I knew that wasn't going to work. I wound up getting the one here, 4.5 inches deep. I think it's a pretty little box!
Sry icecap, but the Mullard ECC88 & Philips PCC189 I have sound very very similiar, can`t do anything about it because that`s what I hear. Do you yourself have both of them to confirm your opinion?
For me it is great replacement for more expensive Mullard ECC88. I don`t urge anybody to buy that PCC189 but if I would have to choose between them, would take cheaper Philips PCC189. Btw, there are two types Philips PCC189 - one is Holland Heerlen plant (I have this one) and other is UK Blackburn plant. My Mullard ECC88 is also Holland made.
hah.. unfortunately I don't.. I guess they sound similar because they came from Holland.. But you definitely itching me getting another Philips seeing how you comparing the PCC189 with Mullard ECC88!
I like Holland tubes though! had a Philips ECC88 then realised it was sold cheaper here http://www.quartzacoustic.com/?product=philips-ecc88-a-frame-pre-amp-tube than I got it for! argh! but liking this tube as time goes.. from the link given in my last post, Brent Jesse mentioned this tube is from same production factory as Bugle Boy.. this tube is giving me the sense of space more than gold lion.. a very lively tube to enjoy that opens up at the top!