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12ax7, 12ay7, 12au7, 12at7 Etc. Mullard, Rca, Ge, Telefunken, Phillips Etc. For Sale
Well, I'm selling my
collection of audio valves. As a father of four, including a pair of
twins, I no longer have time for joyfully exploring the sound
differences between these beautiful objects, so it's time to let go.
I know I would probably get a lot more money from selling them all
separately but I genuinely do not have the time and if I started to
really get into describing these I would probably just keep them.
The gear I used these
in is long gone and I have no testing equipment so they are sold “as
is” but most are NOS and all are good – to the best of my
knowledge. (certainly if I ever got a bad valve I used to throw it
away). Almost all are boxed and some boxes are original.
Right, this treasure
chest of audio valves includes the following:
I really just want to
get rid of these before I change my mind so I'm starting the sale
at 99p and – but I'm going to ask £25 for post and
packing because of the amount of time involved in wrapping all these
properly and because I don't think has a right to commission on
that time. Please bear that in mind when you consider the postage charge.
Also, I'm going to say "returns not accepted" on this because I don't have the time orequipment to check the condition of returned valves. I can only repeat my firm belief that these valves are good.
Good luck to all and
congratulations to the eventual winner!
Now I've had a couple of questions about the E180CC and 12AV7 valves, so here's an answer: Both these formats can be used instead of 12AX7 types BUT, (notice the big BUT), the heaters on these draw a higher current so you have to make sure your power supply can handle it. If you have a bit of headroom on it you should be fine - I never had any problem. If you're in any way nervous then change your power supply to a higher AMP rating. Also note that the E180CC is slightly taller than the 12AX7. If you are really into your sound you should really try the Mullard E180CC - in my opinion they are superior to the Mullard 12AX7 (but at a lower mu) and at a fraction of the price - though this will probably change over the next year or two once people realise how good they are. ( You heard it here first :) AND, major disclaimer here, any damage to your equipment from experimenting with these valves is your own fault! Make sure your power supply can handle a higher draw! The 5 Mullard E180CC valves included in this sale are made in Holland and are mint, unused gems - for audiophiles, worth their weight in gold.
On 24-Mar-13 at 10:20:21 GMT, seller added the following information:
Okay, I've been asked a few more questions on these so I'll answer them all together.
Yes, all the E180CC are NOS, they have only been removed from their packaging to be photographed and, yes, the Mullards ones are identical to those which have been selling on this site for £49.99 per pair. No, the GE 12AY7s are not NOS but all sounded good when I got them and they haven't been used since then. They were pulled from an old computer! - some print rubbing but great sound. No, I can't say that the Mullard ECC82 are a matched pair because I no longer have anything to test them with, or even to listen to them on. They were, I believe, manufactured in 1962. And yes, you counted right - there are 38 valves in this />On 24-Mar-13 at 13:20:35 GMT, seller added the following information:
No, sorry, I will not sell any of these valves separately - the sale is for ALL the above.
On 26-Mar-13 at 11:47:33 GMT, seller added the following information:
NO, the one on the front right is not "burnt out" - it is not a light bulb!The deposit on the inside of the glass is actually silvery in colour and just looks black in the photo as it is sitting in front of a black piano key - as most of you will know it is a result of firing the getter in the factory to remove any final traces of air and create a complete vacuumThe valve is a Mullard ECC81 with box plates and a square getter made in the Mitcham factory sometime in the mid sixties.