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2x Philips ECC82 12AU7 Preamp Tubes - Holland 1969 Gf8 - NOS

2x Philips ECC82 12AU7 Preamp Tubes - Holland 1969 Gf8 - NOS

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Product Summary

The "textbook Heerlen sound" has been referenced in several Soundlumia listings of Holland 12AU7 tubes, and many tube enthusiasts asked what that all means. So this is the answer: the late 1950s and very early 1960s tone, the beginning of over a decade's excellence in sound, the classic tonal template for all the great (and greater) Amperex/Philips/Valvo/Miniwatt tubes to be made in the years to come, the timeless Philips radio tone that many of us grew up listening to. 

Sound Characteristics 

The most distinctive sound feature of the Heerlen ECC82's is the transparent, natural and expansive midrange presentation, with a slight touch of warmth that illuminates your music. Every piece of music you play through these tubes sounds like from a vinyl record, whether your sound source is phono or not. The sound stage is spacious, deep and structured. Bass is incredibly deep but well controlled and feels as accurate as on the high end German ECC82's (Siemens, Telefunken, Valvo etc.)  We would recommend these as an excellent alternative if you are seeking the high end Holland ECC82 tubes that can deliver the legendary Philips house sound flawlessly. To see how these sound differently from their German counterparts, please feel free to take at a look a wonderful pair of Siemens ECC82 Chrome Plates from the early 1960s we've listed here:

Tube 1 (Phillips-labeled): Gf8 7C5 (Gf8=ECC82 short plates production gen #8,  = Heerlen, Holland, 7=1967, C = March, 5 = Week 5 of the production month).

Tube 2 (Phillips-labeled): Gf8 7F3 (Gf8=ECC82 short plates production gen #8,  = Heerlen, Holland, 7 - 1967, F = June, 3 = Week 3 of the production month). 

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