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1957 must have been a 'bumper crop' year for ECC82 / 12AU7 Mullard Blackburn long plate production.
I have a pair 'out for delivery' today.
Finally a pre 58 pair! Hope it tests and sounds great.
Tube quality was at its height at that time due to the West being locked into a Cold War power struggle while simultaneously fighting a proxy war in North Korea, while ppl back home were building underground bomb shelters.
Preparedness was the name of the game whether it was tubes or shelters.
No one was even thinking, in 1957, of how great these might be for audio in the far off future of 2019
Your right, except for TK and a couple other prophets
I am bidding, on that pair.
Me too. $499 max bid.
I hope they don't go that high!
IMHO, I would bid $499.01 just in case. Got you guys into getting the Blackburn ECC82 square, and you guys are still buying more. Bunch of Blackburn hoarders here.
Yeah, and what good would a bomb shelter be without an awesome stereo? Might as well just go ahead and die in the initial blast.
And if you were listening to your HPs through a tubed amp in the shelter when the bomb hits, that’s effin’ RocknRoll!
So I’m visiting LA this weekend and decided to check out the Upscale Audio brick n mortar store n the burbs.
I think I’ve spent hours n hours on their site over the years. 2 showrooms and a high end HP area with 2 chairs. Lots of cool vintage paraphernalia.
From Marantz 7s to the original Quad tubed mojo amps to signed Hendrix posters, and of course NOS tubes, including 2 boxes of Teles with NOS tubes them : a box of 6922s and one box of PCC88s locked up in displays
He had an original green n yellow Sylvania tube poster That had an exploded diagram of a tube. I made a comment about all the fake tubes out on the Internet.
Kevin immediately went into an act mimicking the manipulation of tubes with someone marking and stenciling on the tube to sell it as a fake!
And I was brave today, no big purchases!
This listing has a pair of the square getter Blackburn ECC82, maybe somebody can make a separate offer for them.
Thankfully, my '57 pair of Blackburns were as quiet as my better testing '58's!
Sadly, Tube Depot is out of the Telefunken G73R, 'Black Beauties'. Hopfully some others took advantage of these Tele's when they were in stock and on sale. These tubes are quite impressive.
As good as the Blackburn Mullards are, and the are VERY good, I'd take the G73R if they were available........... maybe even at full price of $800 / pair.
I'll post my impressions when i have a bit more free time...................gotta go listen to my Stealth Black Beauties!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am not going to be bidding on the pair ending Sat listed on E-Bay.