Originally Posted by rb2013
Did you get the wire post '74 Voskhods with the Silver shields? The ones I have are just incredible. My USN CEP 7308 white labels sold pretty quick on Audiogon. I have some funds to look for more.
No time to post photos now, but I'll try to remember to do so later. I suck at describing tubes, but these are all gray between the mica(?) plates, and have the inverted UFO getter which has the single support. The "UFO" is at a slight angle. I recall from the old Lyr tube rolling thread that there was some confusion about what the "shield" is. I will say that on the top mica(?) plate there is a long, low gray piece that extends up perpendicular to the plate, just below the "UFO". Think of a rectangle that is wider than it is tall.
I'd refer you to the eBay listing, but the seller used a pic of the '78 Rockets, which have a different construction (at least they were honest enough to state that they used a stock photo that may not match the actual item). Mine are clearly 1974s. Irresistible at that price.
I don't want to judge them yet, as I think they really need to burn in. I did listen right after I rolled them and heard a lot of room for improvement. Eight or nine hours later I thought they sounded better. After a couple more hours today, with different tunes, better still. I like to give whatever tubes at least 100 hours before some seriously critical listening. Still, the first pair is very promising, esp. with the HD 650s.