Mullard EL34 xf2 vs xf2 coded tubes

Did anybody compare Mullard EL34 xf2 and xf2 coded tubes?

I will appeciate any recommendations.

Hello Alex. They are the same tube produced by mullard and relabelled. Many were relabelled for Dynaco,Fisher, McIntosh [to name a few] from of the era.Easily identified by the etched date code and a hole in the bottom of the guide pin.
Yes, but is there any sonic difference between xf2 coded tubes and later production xf3 coded tubes?

...Oops, I made a mistake in my question - "xf2 vs xf2", while it shoul read "xf2 vs. xf3 coded tubes".

Best regards,
2's are better than 3's.
Look for welded plates rather than hole punched and tabbed plate. If there are holes it is inferior to the welded version. Date codes are valuable in determining where and when the tube was made. Xf1 coding indicates Mullards made in the Blackburn Works, in the U.K., from the late '50s to the early'60s.

Xf2 indicates either the Blackburn Works in the U.K., or Eindhoven, Holland tube factory (after Philips Electronics bought Mullard in the '60s).

The differences in the 2 facilities's tubes are in the bases -color and size, and the getters. Both facilities made these tubes for other companies (for re branding) as well. This re branding is mentioned in the post by Ecclectique.

In the case of the 1st letter, I.E.: 'B' for Xf2 that's the factory code, Xf1=Blackburn, xf2=Blackburn or Eindhoven, Holland. The 9 would be 1969 (in the xf2 case). The 'H' is the date code month -August. (A= Jan, B = Feb,... H = Aug), and the '2' is another date code, the week. in this case the 2nd week of August.

In the 'xf1' case the 'B' is Blackburn, the '1' is 1961, the 'E' is May, and '2' is the 2nd week of May. Etc. for the other tubes.

Hope that helps you identify what your searching for.
Many thanks!
Thanks a lot!

I had a chance to compare Mullard EL-34 xf2 and xf3 coded tubes in my system. They are very similar, but xf2 tubes sound very uniform, well-focused and soft. In comparison, the xf3-coded tubes are a bit brighter and are a little more forward and thin.

All in all, the difference (if it's not my imagination!) is very subtle.

Best regards,