Looking for thoughts/opinions on tube seller's response to my question...

Hi All!

I recently bought 4 balanced and matched reissue Tung Sol 6SN7GTB preamp tubes from a guy that I've bought 3 different sets of tubes from in the past (with no previous issue). 

I rolled out the early Russian tubes that came with my Schitt Freya and rolled in the new Tung Sols.  Immediately in system idle there is more noise in the form of hiss, scratchy air, etc.  I ran the Tong Sols for maybe 15 hours or so. No change. 

I emailed the seller to which he responded: 

The 6SN7GTB can take a break in period in some applications. If you Google you will see this phenomena is common. Run them in your equipment for 24 houts and re-evaluate. New ones I exchange would have the same break-in period. The factory has indicated it has to do with the cathode coatings used to extend tube life. No problem returning them if the problem persists.

Have you heard of cathode coatings causing this issue?  While I generally like NOS tubes a bit better than reissues, I've never had a new noisy reissue tube.  Also, I really do like purchasing tubes from better stocked places like Upscale Audio because this issue never seems a problem. But when it comes to new reissues, I don't look first to Upscale.  Maybe I should? 

I'm running them in to see what happens.  I'm not optimistic though. 


Showing 1 response by shoff

Andy's Vintage Tubes is the only tube seller I have 100% confidence in.  You may get lucky elsewhere for a little less money but why risk it?