Depends. Some of the new 12ax7 tubes don't glow even when they are working properly. How does it sound?
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Roy Hall says it doesn't glow the way it does in a preamp. I guess it works - I was just surprised it didn't light up is all.
How does it sound? Sounds OK after a day. It's not really fair to judge a new piece of gear without at least a week's break in. As of this point, i'm not hearing any big difference between the Bellari and the $120 Music Hall Phono Pak. That thing is a lot better than it has a right to be.