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RE: I'm kind of completely turned off of JJ tubes now

Yes, what Eli said! The EL84 JJs are good. The octal tubes - not so much.

For you guys who buy tubes from me and other good vendors - keep in mind that the good guys glean out the problem tubes before they send them out to the purchasers. So of course your experience is better since the tubes got a final "QC" check before you got them. But failure rates of up to 50% on JJ octals is what I would routinely experience. Yes - when you got the tubes they were good performers because my colleagues and I took care of the trash for you. But nobody can afford to have the kind of failure rates I was having with JJs.

Having said that I still won't use the octals in my own gear - therefore I won't sell them.

But the EL84s are fine.

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