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Old 27th April 2015
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Don't go chasing water falls

This past week I tracked a band with a real U47 non VF14, it sounds great. However, I believe the U47 sounds best in it's original state with the original VF14, I never heard the remake tube that Tele USA calls the VF-14 or the solid state offerings. I own a Flea 47 with an EF-12, that sounds great but still think the VF-14 is a little sweeter. IMO & E of course.

On average these tubes are around 65 years old? I think. Is there an estimated life expectancy in normal operating conditions?

I know a lot of factors come in to play, usage, handling, operating conditions, water falling in your studio, humidity, etc...

What is a VF-14 life expectancy can someone give an estimated number?