Author Topic: Western Electric Vacuum Tubes  (Read 366 times)

Offline Fabius

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Western Electric Vacuum Tubes
« on: November 18, 2016, 11:14:07 AM »
Unbelievable! It's amazing what audiophiles (usually in Asia) will pay for Western Electric audio stuff. I'm told there two tubes will go for thousands.

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Re: Western Electric Vacuum Tubes
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2016, 09:12:03 AM »
Unbelievable! It's amazing what audiophiles (usually in Asia) will pay for Western Electric audio stuff. I'm told there two tubes will go for thousands.

eBay item: http://tinyurl.com/zc5epsl
Yes it sure is something! I don't know how these people have the money to keep buying amps and tubes for this money! Who would pay a few thousand for a vacuum tube? Isn't there some risk for them to break during shipping?! I saw YouTube user Blueglow Electronics did a video the other day on a Western Electric tube amp that just the audio output transformer was worth a few thousand! Even the power transformer!
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Re: Western Electric Vacuum Tubes
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2016, 10:19:02 AM »
These tubes sold for $4,200 on 11/22/16 and were the subject of Special Auction Contest #16

http://www.classicrotaryphones.com/forum/index.php?topic=17129.0
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Re: Western Electric Vacuum Tubes
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2016, 12:29:08 PM »
Is the sound and performance of these Western Electric 300B tubes that much better then modern production 300B tubes that cost about $164? And if so then is it thousands of dollars of better performance? Maybe it's also a status thing.

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