Useful Life of PreAmp Tubes.

I have a question to throw out to the forum. When a preamp is in "standby mode" is the rate of tube decay the same as full use of the unit? I am trying to determine when best to retube my BAT VK 31 SE. Any other BAT owners with some input?

Thanks as always for your help.
Can't answer about standby mode but if 10,000 is a standard for preamp tubes, and it seems to be on many, then keeping it on 24/7 should maintain the tube life for about 13 months. Hope that helps as a start
I retubed VK5i about every 2k hours and always heard improvement. Preamp tubes may survive for 10k hours, but not without sonic degradation.

Did you leave the unit on in standby mode when not in use?
As best I recollect VK5i does not have a stand-by switch. In any case, I always powered off when not in use for more than several hours. Victor at BAT will likely respond to a direct query.
Different pre tubes have different life. 12ax7's are perhaps the shortest lived of the popular bunch, 2000-5000 hours. 6dj8's can run up to 10,000 hours. The rest should fall in between. I'm sure that the better the tube, the longer the life.
Elevick, It's difficult to generalize, as the life of a vacuum tube is determined by plate voltage and bias applied in situ. In my system the same model of 6SN7 tube can last 2k hours in one component, and up to 15k hours in another.
Interesting question because the answer is not always clear in the unit's instructions manual. Some preamps (CJ Pr 16) always look like they are on standby mode when turned off. What makes it obvious it is off is that the tubes are visible from the exterior and are not lightened up. But if powered on, even on mute, the tubes are glowing.

But with a enclosed preamp like a VAC Standard, you must unscrew the top cover to check if the tubes are on under the same conditions. Furthermore, the same question arises with the tubes in the phono stage of the preamp. When is the preamp is on, do the the phono tubes light up even if the phono is not in use.

I guess the only way to make sure is to uncover the preamp while at on and see if the tubes are glowing, and switch to mute and see what's happening. In any event, if the tubes are lite up, they're wearing down.

I've installed costly NOS tubes in both my preamps. The decision is simple in my case, everything is powered off when not in use, period. In both units, have to wait a good full hour before they bloom at their best. So for serious listening, some heat up time is necessary. You can always do something else with the music in background while the preamp gets to level. But most of the time, you should still enjoy your unit right from the start with the expectancy it will be at its best an hour later.