Yeah, I was little whining mood today...It's fun but it's frustrating hobby.
Seems someone else was faster than I. I will look for some other deals :)
As I just bought the Lyr and the LCD2, I'm a little bit on a tight budget right now and wouldn't wanna spend money on tubes, unless I'm sure I receive the quality I pay for.
I'd rather pay a little bit more and get the tubes I wanted, instead of spending money on tubes I can't use.
Thank you sure!
Had some time to do a comparison of some tubes. As with all things audio, YMMV.
Stock GEs vs. 1974 Voskhod Rockets vs. 1969 Siemens CCas
jerg's grill and Fuzzor mods
AKG Q701 pads
DIY Mogami W2799 cable (four wires; no sheath or shield) with Neutrik 1/4" and stock HFM connectors
Rush (24-bit 96 kHz):
The Caves of Altamira
St. James Infirmary
The Whale Has Swallowed Me
Some thoughts noted during and after the listening sessions...
Stock GEs (~185 hours on them)
Excellent bass; esp. satisfying on The Anarchist (seriously low end rumble) and St. James Infirmary (upright acoustic)
Nice top end extension
Vocals are more forward than the other two
Imaging seems quite good (see: Alien Shore)
Soundstage slightly congested compared to Rockets and Siemens
Overall presentation is good
A nice star to the sessions
1974 Voskhod Rockets (Dots pair) (~140 hours on them)
Mids are slightly recessed compared to the GEs, or so it seems, resulting in a bigger soundstage and vocals not so in-your-face...
which leads to better imaging and detail retrieval
Still plenty of bass impact, but not quite the extension to produce the same rumble as the GEs, but it's awfully close, and the Rockets maintain the soundstage and musicality
They take a little more gain than the GEs or Siemens to get to the same level
Punch above their price (at least what I paid for them )
Siemens CCas (~100 hours on them)
Everything the Rockets are, but more refined, more effortlessly musical. No slouch in the bass department. Soundstage, imaging and detail retrieval are more 3D/holographic. Handles acoustic music (Hugh Laurie) better. Vocals are better placed, not seeming in the head.
Even though I listened to these last, I wasn't tired of listening to the same songs in the same order at roughly the same volume. In fact, I found that I wanted Hugh to keep playing. That speaks to the Siemens' musicality.
Order of preference
1969 Siemens CCas
1974 Voskhod Rockets
Pretty sure they're closed. I'll check in a bit. -- Yep, closed plates.
As for prices paid, I'll let everyone judge the value-for-dollar difference...
Two matched pairs of same-date 1974 Rockets: $48 shipped
1969 Siemens CCas: $240 shipped (and I've never seen them that low since; I've seen 1970s era (thin wire getter post) - listed as '60s... ha! - from the same seller for $270-$280 before shipping)
So yeah, great bang for the buck