Im not interested in tube rolling in the least. So the Decware sounds good "out of the box?"
Are modern tubes reliable? I can remember trips to Radio Shack back in the day to replace burned out tubes in my Heathkit.
Are tubes consistentt from a production variation standpoint? If I get a Decware, will it sound the same as yours?
You don't need to roll. It sounds great with the stock tubes. When I was at Decware last week and asked Steve how long his tubes were lasting he said 2-5 years with them on most of the time. Plus, since you can get 6N1P's for about $8 and 5Y3G or 5U4G's for $10-$15 it is not a big deal replacing them. I would be surprised if we were not hearing the same sound using the same tubes.