Amperex Bugle Boy 6DJ8/ECC88 - Wev'e got a nice stock of these, absolutely beautiful.
Made in the Philips Holland factory, and have that same family sound: Liquid smooth, but slightly up-front mids, nice airy top end. Holographic 3D soundstage. For more info on the Philips Holland factory, click here.
It's a fine tube, and people really like them.
These tubes, as well as the Amperex 6922 or 7308, don't hold up in the latest Conrad Johnson preamps like the Classic-2, ET3, ET5, or GAT, as well as the Audible Illusions L1, L2, or Modulus 3.
Bugle Boy logos flake off the tube just from taking them out of a box. Some people are looking for these as a collectable first, measurements second. That's fine and we can do it. Sometimes we get a tube that is really really super, but not a great logo. Just tell us in the "notes" section in the ordering form what you prefer.
Platinum grade - The best of the best. Lowest noise and microphony with the tightest triode balance we have available. This is typically 10% or tighter, but may be higher depending on available stock.
Gold grade - Low noise and microphonics with a triode balance typically between 15% and 20%, but may be higher depending on available stock.
Driver grade - Lowest noise but not the lowest in microphony. Triode balance will be similar to Gold grade. This grade is only suitable for use in the driver stage of an amplifier, or the output/buffer stage of a DAC or CD Player.
If you have a preamp or phonostage, you need at least Gold grade.
Price includes matching in any quantity you need at no extra charge.
Vacuum tubes are warranted for 90 days against defects, except in cases of abuse, and replaced with like-item only.
Exceptions to our warranty policy are as follows:
Upscale Audio is not liable for any damage or injury caused by the improper use of its tubes or the use of an incorrect/incompatible tube type. If you are unsure of what tube or tubes your equipment uses, consult the manufacturer before making a purchase. Using an incompatible tube type may cause severe damage to your equipment and will void your tube's warranty.
Vacuum tubes are electronic parts and are not refundable under any circumstances.
Posted by Chuck on 26th Mar 2012
This is a very transparent tube with a nice soundstage that puts you in the front row of the concert hall. It is a very accurate tube across the audio spectrum in its presentation but is very much up front. I hate giving all these tubes five stars but they really are all very nice it just depends on what you are looking for.