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Old 7th November 2007, 07:20 PM   #1
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Default what would be a reasonable price to pay for this tube ?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tab%3DWatching


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Old 7th November 2007, 07:44 PM   #2
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umm...5 bucks ?
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Old 7th November 2007, 08:05 PM   #3
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umm...5 bucks ?
Sounds fair to me. +1
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Old 7th November 2007, 08:40 PM   #4
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I'd pass.
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Old 7th November 2007, 11:47 PM   #5
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Seriously, how much to they worth ??

I'll be specific. I can get a box with 50 of these exact tubes for 20$ each. I've been told that blackburn 50s Mullards are sold 100$-150$ each... does it makes any sense ? What's their "real" market price ?

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Old 8th November 2007, 12:06 AM   #6
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I don't understand.

I browse multiple forums related to vacuum tubes.

On all of them people keep telling me that 50s made 12AX7 blackburn Mullard are running for 100$ a piece on ebay !

What is the reason most of you are recommending me to pass it ?

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Old 8th November 2007, 12:11 AM   #7
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Well, if you're buying the tubes for their collector value, that's a different question. I'm pretty cynical about the fashion aspects of tubes; I'm more interested in performance.

If you're buying them to actually use, why spend money on something in questionable condition when there are modern versions which will outperform the antiques at very reasonable prices, with known hours, and the possibility of return if defective?
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Seriously, how much to they worth ??

I'll be specific. I can get a box with 50 of these exact tubes for 20$ each. I've been told that blackburn 50s Mullards are sold 100$-150$ each... does it makes any sense ? What's their "real" market price ?

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Wonder who told you that? The most reliable guide day to day for what people are willing to pay is eBay FWIW. Take a look at both the USA version of eBay and the UK version for some idea of what these currently might sell for.

I wouldn't buy them for resale at half that price, but that's me.

IMHO Few in the west will pay those sorts of prices, your market would be Far East sellers, and depending on current economic and market conditions they may not be buying.

The above is just my opinion..
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Well, if you're buying the tubes for their collector value, that's a different question. I'm pretty cynical about the fashion aspects of tubes; I'm more interested in performance.

If you're buying them to actually use, why spend money on something in questionable condition when there are modern versions which will outperform the antiques at very reasonable prices, with known hours, and the possibility of return if defective?

I hate to contradict, but the Blackburn Mullards in my experience are amongst the best sounding 12AX7A ever made, filament burnout problems notwithstanding, and I doubt any current production are as good, but where I do totally agree is in the speculative nature of this sort of purchase.

(I'm no fan of the 12AX7 family incidentally - imo there are many other tubes that perform far better in most similar applications.)
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I've head about these selling for big dollars. Their like the western electric 300B's of the 12AX7's. Groove tube makes a re-issue of this tube(12AX7M) that goes for $22 a tube. If you can get the original for the same price or less I'd go for it. Assuming you would be using it in a good setup where you could extract the potential benifits of it.
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