sKiZo wrote:Tidy and quiet ... both good things!
Where'd ya get the NOS clear tops? I keep going back to the RCAs here - they perform way above their average price. in fact, just picked up on another set of 1960's matched number "better than new" off that auction site. Ya takes yer chances there, but lot depends on the rep of the seller. I have high hopes.
The clear tops came from "that auction site", I have have had pretty good luck there. The price was right and the tubes were good!
Here's a listing from the guy in Ontario I mentioned. Highly recommend. Good man; speaks truth.http://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649071044-rca_6cg7_cleartop_pairs_circa_1960/
He's also doling out 6SN7s for folks with the SP-14. Pre-amp tubes are pretty much his speciality. Not always NOS but he'll tell you so.
Ditto Andy at http://vintagetubeservices.com
Call him on the phone, don't email. He hates email. His website is probably the finest source of info for vaccuum tubes in general and a hoot to browse through.
Jim McShane is your guy for high-quality, tested and matched Russian power tubes. I wouldn't buy a KT-88 or -120 from anybody else and like the two aforementioned, a gentleman.
Fleabay, Audiogon, take your chances. Pay the vig and deal with guys who know what they're doing.
My two-bits' worth.