Mullard GZ34 worth $150!! ???

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  1. big e

    big e Member

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    What's the deal with the crazy prices on these tubes? I know that new rectifier tubes have short life but it's hard to justify paying $150-200 for a Mullard .............. unless there's something I don't know?
     
  2. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

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    They're becoming more rare.
     
  3. Blue Strat

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    Not trying to convince you since demand outstrips supply, but isn't 20X life expectancy worth 10X the price?

    BTW GE's are half the price and just as reliable.
     
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  4. doublee

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    From my research they are kind of regarded as lasting forever and sounding good at the same time so 150 is a little steep yes but....

    I got a few off ebay for 50 to 100 not one of which has had a problem over a year now, unlike some other tubes off the Ebay.......
     
  5. nitehawk55

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    You don't have to get a Mullard branded one , the Audiophile guys with deep pockets want those for the show off factor . Keep an eye for Philips , RCA , Amperex , and many other brands out there that are the same tube . If you find a reputable dealer don't be afraid of a good used if it tests good and is priced right .

    BTW , Philips owned Mullard and Amperex . Even if they are a "X" or "L" code they are as good as the "B" ( Blackburn ) tube , just a bit different build in the internal parts .
    Lots of info on the internet about these tubes that you can research .
     
  6. sickboy79

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    I got 3 on eBay for quite a bit less than most NOS dealers sell them for. And, the "dealer" on eBay was well respected based on the 100% feedback with 1500 plus responses. I do know they are extremely reliable, and I can honestly say I could hear, and more so FEEL, a difference than the JJ/Chinese stuff. A decent investment, if you ask me!!!
     
  7. hdahs143

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    The life expectancy is worth the price. The only thing I found about Mullard GZ34's that I didn't care for is that it was such an efficient rectifier tube, that it had MUCH less sag than it's newer counterparts.

    Some of that sag is what I like about tube rec's.
     
  8. Axekisser

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    Wow, I have an original in my '69 PR and knew it was valuable, but I never thought that valuable!
     
  9. Blue Strat

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    Well, 40 years ago when it was installed it probably would have cost about $8.
     
  10. realityczech

    realityczech Senior Member

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    I accumulated many used Mullard GZ34's over the years on the cheap.
    Failure rate low.
     
  11. shuie

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    I'd pay that for one if I needed it. They are supposed to be forever.
     
  12. mobis8

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    How can you tell who made the tube if it was rebranded? I recently purchased an (supposedly) unused RCA off a dealer at my annual guitar show for which the guy told me was made in the 60's. It was the only GZ34 at the entire show and I needed one so I picked it up. Only charged me 65 for it...

    Definitely don't consider myself an audiophile, but it would be cool to know...
     
  13. Gordon

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    Yup,

    Pretty much makes good sense to this country boy.

    Pretty soon I just might start selling some of my stash.

    Best,

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  14. RCCola

    RCCola (|@ / \ @ |.) Gold Supporting Member

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    +1

    I got a Clark with a 60s Mullard and damn is the feel fast. Feels like a solid state rect.

    I also agree about eBay being the way to go. About 10-40% the price of "dealers".
     
  15. RCCola

    RCCola (|@ / \ @ |.) Gold Supporting Member

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    Ah btw I think $150 is steep but these can be easily had for less than $90. $90 is a fair price for tubes that will last you 40+ years. $90 is the max I would pay.
     
  16. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    All tubes die, nuthin' lasts forever.


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  17. realityczech

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    Repeating meeself.
    Buy used that test good.
     

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