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In Reply to: RE: OK I gotta ask. Why no more 6p3se / 6n3ce for sale other than on Ebay? posted by artemus on May 11, 2017 at 11:52:06
...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: 05/11/17Follow Ups:
There might be some very waiting long times for entirely original posts i.e. questions or thoughts to show up.- The subject of another thread perhaps excuse me.
The eastern EU sellers have been really good through all my purchases. I bought more than 100 of the 6P3S-E several years ago from a Russian seller. Roughly 15-20 of the gassy ones wouldn't completely burn in, so I sent them back. He replaced them right away, and all the replacements were perfect. Wish now that I had bought more!
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