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Why: From my perspective, the whole thing was a bit of an Internet fad...

...Maybe Jim can jump in with his perspective. (Edit: I see Jim has done so). Also, for a while they were a bargain but word gets out and not so much a bargain any longer. Plus, the current mfg Sovtek 5881/6L6WGC is pretty much the same thing (although a few will vehemently argue against that observation). Consider too that there are other decent new mfg 6L6 types out there with ready supply and warranty.

Personally, I'd take the small chance with the Soviet Bloc eBay sellers. The ones I purchased were consistent and in good working order as received. Some have reported excess g1 current in a few of their samples but that hasn't been my experience.

As an aside, audiophillia seems susceptible to fads: ex. Oil filled motor run caps are falling out of favor as the go to for DIY and upgrade power supply filters. And so it goes.

Edits: 05/11/17

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