Heavily affected by age. It's not the colour. The silver risers are the older, and much better sounding, tubes. Maybe the air was better in the plant. I have both and stick with the silver risers in my AA 3A.
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11-06-07: Imin2uNo. Grey risers are the older...and generally better sounding tubes. No question about it.
Why? CCa grey riser tubes were manufactured in the late 50s and early 60s, before the silver riser versions manufactured in the late 60s through early 80s. The 60s grey riser tubes were manufactured before transistors took over...and therefore tight tolerances made a difference.
Why do CCa grey riser tubes sound better than the shiny riser versions? This is open to debate, and I have yet to read a convincing explanation.
I also have never read a reasonable explanation as to why the early grey riser versions bettered the later silver risers. Doing a search on the Tubes Asylum, I read that some have said that the early versions had a .028 diameter frame grid. Who knows if this was the main difference. I have recently put the question up on the tube asylum asking why and how regarding the differences, so maybe someone will give a good explanation. We'll see.