Well... I just bit the big bad bullet and bought a pair of Mazda Silver Anode SELECTED 1962-1963 date coded vintage 12AX7S / ECC83, Ultra-low noise premium 12AX7, TRIPLE-MICA, standard pins.
The decription from Brent Jessee's web site says:
New Old Stock in original boxes. Can this rare, amazing tube be improved upon? YES! This is a very low noise, seldom seen special quality 12AX7, with bright silver anode plates. Like the standard version below but with triple mica support, and factory selection ("S" suffix) for superior performance, internal matching, and low noise. These have the ultra wide bandwidth of the Telefunken ECC803S, with nearly identical sonics, which are refined, smooth and accurate. These have slightly higher gain than most 12AX7 tubes, which gives this tube better punch and clarity. AWESOME in phono stages and mic pres. Compare the price to the more expensive and equally rare Telefunken ECC803S! These tubes are currently soaring in value as stocks of them vanish. 1962-1963 French Mazda manufacture, these are NOT the later Sovtek or Svetlana silver anode tubes which are not nearly as good. Virtually unavailable in the USA, these came direct from an old electronics shop in the Normandy Coast area of France. Carefully matched, a very rare chance to grab a matched pair of these superb vintage tubes. SINGLE TUBES, WHEN AVAILABLE, ARE $200.00 EACH.
So.... I should have them Friday and hope to be able to enjoy both them and a new Teac VRDS-10 CD player that I should be receiving tomorrow.
I will be selling a few items pretty soon because my wife is starting to give me the evil eye. And she doesn't know that I starting researching another quad of KT88's yet either.
P.S. - I am starting to really believe that I am addicted to HiFi.... coke would probably be a lot less expensive, but I doubt if it would be as enjoyable.
Happy listening !