Sonically, whats the difference between the Phillips and Mullard 5AR4/GZ34?
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You weren't kidding about the metal base GZ34 tubes. Pricing started around $300 all the way up to $799 for a single tube. I'll pass on those metal base GZ34s. They cost more than the SET amp I got. Those Mullard GZ34 re-issues look like quite the bargain compared to those metal base GZ34 tubes I saw. Thanks for chiming in.
Wow Schubert and Rodman. Thanks for the feedback. I guess ignorance will be bliss for me. All I have is the Tung Sol Re-issue 5AR4 as the rectifier in my Tom McNally 6BQ5 SET amp and I'm happy with the sound. I won't ever know what I'm missing as I can't justify spending at least $400 on a metal base GZ34 and no one I know as one they can lend me. Whew am I relieved.
I suppose you missed the, "METAL BASE, or NOT," in my post. There are lots of bakelite base Mullard/Blackburns out there, for MUCH LESS than $400, any of which will outperform the reissues. Someone else just might happen to read this thread, that would appreciate the info. But, hey- as long as you're satisfied, HAPPY LISTENING! (http://www.ebay.com/bhp/mullard-gz34)
The ones with the 'B' in the date code(ie: F32/B6H4), are from the Blackburn Plant. Personally; I found the double gettered type to be some of the most reliable and best sounding. A couple examples: (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Mullard-Shield-GZ34-5AR4-2x-Halo-Getters-Stereo-Tube-f32-B2D2-2475-23-/181688527974) or (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mullard-Blackburn-GZ34-5AR4-Double-OO-Top-Round-Getter-Rectifier-f32-B5K1-Tube-/161600624492)