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Perhaps, they might be worth close to that, if the had 3 holes in the plates. However, recently the real bad boys, have been going for a lot less. I have seen lots of cool looking tubes, from that seller, but have never been crazy enough to spend that much.
Museum quality eh? That eBay description should be in a museum for the most long winded description of an ordinary pair of tubes I've ever seen. Guy must have been a used car salesman previously.
Haha I guess I will avoid that pair..
I'm looking for a pair to use in WA22 but having trouble finding a good deal for <$300.. suggestions appreciated!
I recently got some 6SN7 -> 6DJ8 adapters for my WA2 and have found four pairs of matched 6SN7's for no more than $60 a pair. NOS Raytheon's, Sylvania, RCA, and NOS Tung Sols. Are you looking for a specific tube?
Nothing in specific.. not too well versed in tubes.. just something that is an improvement from stock for my WA22
I'm my experience, it's more enjoyable to buy four sets of matched tubes at $50 a pair than a single matched pair for $200. Rolling in different tubes is part of the fun. I own ~60 tubes for my WA2 that range from $20 a pair to $270 a pair. Right now I'm really enjoying my NOS Chatham Clear Top 6AS7G's, Sylvania "Chrome Dome" 6SN7's, and RFT EZ81's. Total cost for all six was $129.95. Expensive isn't always better!
Thanks! I will look into those options. Do you buy off eBay or a specific vendor?
From eBay, I've purchased from: bangybangtubes, vacuumtubesinc, spin4cards, christopher2159, and fng2u. All have a lot of excellent feedback.
Websites I also typically visit are: TubeWorld, VacuumTubes.net, The Tube Store, AudioTubes, and Tube Monger.
Keep in mind some of these sites don't do a great job keeping their prices and stock updated, so if you're looking for something very specific you'll have to shoot them an email. I've gotten some of my best tubes for excellent prices this way
That is helpful, thanks!
Best advice has been given, it is better to buy pairs of tubes that are not trophy ones. There are a lot of good Sylvania, Tung-Sol, RCA and GE tubes to be had. Even better is to find ones labeled as other brands such as Silvertone Philco Crosley etc Check out Brent Jessie’s website he is a good guy to buy from
Hi guys, just fyi I'm letting go of my small collection of 6sn7 / 6080 tubes. Measured each and every one of them, and even paid to a professional service to double-check my own findings. If anyone wants to take advantage here's my ad: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/fs-eu-6sn7-6080-el12-sold-as-lot.889555/
I definitely agree with Thaddy, the variety will really help you narrow down what kind of sound you prefer.
Sometime ago i replaced E88CC's with TungSol 6SN7GTB's (with adapters obviously). Sockets sit pretty closely but with socket saver i managed to fit in CV181-Z's... Gap between is around 1mm...
It may be my easily triggered OCD but I find those suffocating C181s anxiety inducing. Then again , if it pleases your ears...