I have been out of the loop of buying tubes for about the past year. I pretty much have everything I want. But I got the fever again, but so far I am not feeding my addiction. On a cool note I have been scouring the internets trying to identify a triplet of the same tubes I bought on a whim for next to nothing. I had my suspicions, but only now are they confirmed. Of course this type of hunt and reward has fired up my addiction again.
What I managed to snag was a very rare, early triplet (1955 or 1956) Valvo Hamburg, long plate, D getter w/flat bar spot welded to the corner of the wing tab, no post, ECC82's (12AU7) a holy grail of sorts! They are re-branded and the etched, painted codes were wiped. But their is no mistaking the plate structure and getter type and placement.
So I'm kinda stoked since they were advertised as NOS/unused.
I'll post pics later.