You can find a silvania or RCA for $20-30.
Worth a try in my opinion.
I have a few 7308 tubes from different brands but not from Amperex but I don't use them after I bought my 12bh7a tubes.
Edited by Johan-71 - 5/5/14 at 12:02pm
Thanks for the recommendation, I'll keep those in mind as I look for an upgrade.
What kind of gain do those amps have in relative to the 12AX7s? More or less?
Thanks for the reply! I might go ahead and try that tube.
Just for reference, do you know the gain on the stock tube?
Have been using an ECC99 for a little while now and I must say, it (seems) to have a bit of an edge over the 12bh7's. You can not go wrong with this tube, if you like the 12bh7's you will love this one too. I got it from tubemaze, it is a 6H6N which is the upgrade from the 6N6P-30. Very quiet, black backgrounds, vocals excell on this tube. Have two now. Have been listening to all the tube's I have collected and think I may have to sell of some that don't get much air time.
I have two of the E80CC by Tungsram. One I use occasionally the other still has not been put in the amp. I liked it enough to buy two of them, figured in case one bit the dust. But now that I have so many tubes I will probably bit the dust first. I have six 6DJ8's and one 7DJ8 already, that is a nice tube you have there and I probably could not afford it. How do you like the Phillips E88CC SQ?
What kind of Dac did you get? Let us know how you like it and a little synopsis of it. As far as the tubes, I think for now I better stop buying, have more than I will use, I was always on the hunt for awhile, just could not keep my finger off the BUY button!
No problem, no temptation at all, well maybe a little, okay probably alot, boy this gets harder all the time to just not buy tubes. I will be fine for a short time, read an article about this tube or that and next thing you know, I have to try it myself! Thank you for the offer, I really must go through my tubes again, just put in a 12ax7 that I thought I did not care for, but decided to let it burn in for awhile, and now I don't know why I did not care for it at first. It is a new JJ tube, 10 bucks on amazon thought I would try it to see if the family of tubes would be worth exploring, Not bad at all, might have to try an NOS something or other!