12AX7 gurus...

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by imaguy2, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. imaguy2

    imaguy2 Member

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    I'm looking for a gritty, noisy, but still warm set of 12AX7's. Any recommendations? Should the set by matched or un-matched? My gut instinct tells me to look at a pair of Sovteks.
     
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    I like the jj ecc803s long plate for modern, sovteks are probaby the worst. The tung sol sound great but do not last long as phase inverters.
     
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    As far as new manufacture preamp tubes go, my favorite 12ax7 in a fender type amp is hands down the tung sols. Clear, warm, and wonderful! Though I find the JJ's work really well in both Marshall and Vox Amps as well.
     
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    I have a bunch of noisy 12AX7's you can have. I don't have much use for microphonic tubes.
     
  7. dshobe

    dshobe Rocky Mountain Way Silver Supporting Member

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    EH all the way. Noisy, gritty, really awful... If that's what you're looking for. Sovteks are a close 2nd. I had some Groove Tubes that came in a PRRI that were just relabeled EHs, replaved with ANOS GEs, what a difference! Had Sovteks in an horrendous sounding Crate V15 (an ear puke inducing amp) that were very gritty, also had one in a Vox AC4TV. It's a tough choice between the 2.
     

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