Vintage pairs of 1960's BALDWIN Organ Grade ECC82 12AU7 + variant direct drop in tubes All tests very strong! $70.00 per pair
Also have many more then I any longer need: ECC82 / 12AU7 and variant tubes Many are G.E. / RCA *Those of you who know me well,know I've been since 1968 been hording excellent vintage tubes,amps,speakers,cigars + single malt scotch I am now selling off some very good tubes,as I have more then I'll ever need anymore...... Come over and visit,see/hear many tubes,enjoy a cigar + a whisky..... All tubes have tested very strong using my B+K tester No shorts or leaks
From $25.00 each tube Payable by Cash, EMT, Money Orders Paypal +4%
12AU7 tube equivalents 12AU7/12AU7A: The common U.S.A. version of this tube. The 12AU7 can only be used in parallel filament circuits. Like the 12AX7, this is not a hassle since virtually all hi-fi tube amps are of the parallel filament design. RCA, GE, and Sylvania actually made most of these tubes, regardless of brand on the label. The early RCA version has ribbed flat black plates with a top getter and a white label. This is an amazing tube, one of the best USA 12AU7 tubes ever made and we have a good stock of these. Still available, and still a bargain since everyone wants the “cleartops”: 1960s versions that have grey-plates and the getter on the side, making the top clear. These “cleartops” are currently the hottest selling 12AU7, and are still a great buy at current prices. Watch this tube….I predict in 5 years it will be as hard to find as the Telefunken smoothplate, and just as expensive! The 1970s new logo version (and the late 1940s-1950s version with the white label) of the RCA 12AU7 has greyplates and a top getter. This grey-plate RCA is about the best bargain you can get in a vintage RCA 12AU7. The GE versions pretty much always used grey-plates and a top getter for this tube. The numbers are etched into the glass with a pattern of dots below the number. Don’t miss trying the “organ stock” 12AU7 tubes that were sold to organ manufacturers. These sweet tubes were screened for audio use in organs, and have the organ brand on the label. Usually sold at bargain prices because of the re-branded label, the RCA cleartop and Raytheon blackplate versions are a great find! Tung Sol made an early “blackglass” version in the late 1940s, which hides the inside of the tube from view, and is very rare; later Tung Sol 12AU7 tubes look like early RCA grey-plates inside. All of these vintage tubes used a chalky label paint, and often the tube label is smeared or partially rubbed off. This does not indicate use or poor quality. Rather, it is an indication of a genuine vintage tube, and all of these are excellent quality. ECC82: This is the European version of the 12AU7, and is identical to it. The brands in demand are Telefunken, Amperex, and Mullard. Telefunken tubes have a diamond shape molded into the bottom of the glass. Both ribbed plate and the more famous smooth-plate types are available, just like the 12AX7, but are being hunted down and soon may be an endangered species. Amperex and Mullard have tiny date codes etched in the glass near the bottom of the tube. The most popular Amperex are the Holland made Bugle Boy series, with the tiny cartoon tube blowing a bugle on the label. They later went to just a white label that said “Amperex”, and then after that used the orange label with the world logo. The earlier Mullard tubes had the word “Mullard” inside of a shield logo, later versions said “IEC Mullard”. Watch for the very rare long plate versions from the 1950s available in most European brands. These had narrow plates that were about 3mm longer than the 1960s and later versions. The earliest had square shape top getter elements, late long-plates have a halo top getter. Even rarer are the Mullard and Amperex made CV491 longplate square getter tubes, made only for the military. Most of these early Mullard tubes can be spotted not only by the date codes and longplates, but by the distinctive “wrinkle” glass, where the surface of the glass tube is not smooth but rather has tiny wrinkles or sometimes an eggshell texture. These are all tubes of unequalled quality, and are worth the high prices they are commanding these days. Even used ones will blow away any of the trashy tubes in production today.
*Also have some very nice and quiet 5963 which is a MEDIUM-MU TWIN TRIODE. 9—PIN MINIATURE TYPE Very little is written about these 5963 tubes. It's practically today unknown, yet these are excellent fantastic replacements for 12AU7 tubes! Smooth and sweet,yet bargain priced compared with many European brands! Very smooth tube from top to bottom with no weakness! These are a nice industrial/military upgrade variant type which is nearly identical to the standard 12AU7. RCA made a nice black plate version of this tube The 1950’s RCA 5963 sounds more dynamic than the standard 12AU7 Blackplate It’s also a very good low-noise tube. GE has it in their broadcast line. The plate voltage rating is a little lower than for a 12AU7, but for most applications, it will work fine. It has a rugged cathode and should be quite long lived, similar to the 5814. That specially-designed cathode is said to withstand long periods of time in cut-off without damaging the tube (cathode poisoning). This made them a great choice for NORAD computers, which led to a good supply of them on the USA West Coast. Use them and you will marvel at the quality and value. They are dead-silent and seem to have an unusually long lifespan. Very satisfied with the sound they produce. A truly fine 12AU7 variant from the 1950's, many tube audiophiles feel these can outperform most other NOS 12AU7 tubes! In computer (and some other) service, tubes were quite often operated as switches, biased to cutoff (no plate current) for long periods of time and then turned on, while always the heater and cathode were warmed up and ready to go. In ordinary tubes, this leads to a condition known as "cathode interface resistance" or "sleeping sickness." The cathode interface is a layer of metal, usually nickel, between the cathode sleeve and the oxide coating that emits electrons. In ordinary tubes, under conditions of long-duration tube cutoff, it generates a growing resistance until at last the cathode "goes to sleep." Computer tube cathodes were specially treated to survive those long periods of cutoff without developing cathode interface resistance
5963 tubes (12AU7 variants) from $30.00 each
10 x G.E. short grey plates (1960's) @ $70.00 /pair 30 x RCA grey short plates (1960's) @ $70.00 /pair 30 x RCA black plates (1950's) @ $80.00 /pair
Also have pairs of Mullard tooled 12AX7 Tubes All tubes test very strong