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"horrified at the extra expense"

Of course this thread begs the question: is a 65% surcharge for premium tubes reasonable? And note that I ask this question from the perspective of someone who uses the same (RCA grey and black glass) tubes (in my pre- and power amps) as were mentioned. I didn't pay remotely close to $200/pair, however.

I guess only scruffy_ needs to answer this ... and he has! I'm happy that these amazing tubes have improved this pre-amp so much and have brought a corresponding amount of satisfaction. Still, pricey! Especially in context.

Relatedly, I have the feeling that there are some very fine 6SN7s available for much more reasonable prices. When second or third or fourth best is extremely close in performance and significantly cheaper, that's more my territory. But, again, I acknowledge that this is extremely personal.

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