Best pre-amp tubes for Marshall now?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Motterpaul, May 22, 2011.

  1. Motterpaul

    Motterpaul Tone is in the Ears

    Dec 16, 2010
    Encinitas, SoCal
    We all know that classic Marshall gain. Which brand of 12ax7 or ECC83 tubes are you finding very good luck with these days for your Marshall?

    (Please specify type of Marshall). From what I hear tube quality changes all the time.

    I have used two amp techs lately - both says he orders and tests all tubes he receives and sends many back. One swears by Ruby and the other by Sovtek.

    I loved the Ruby sound - thick and lush gain but not gritty. Another tech put in Sovteks and I find them to be tight (no flub -which is good), but that also seems to mean but too gritty when over-driven.

    I have a chance to buy a Yamaha T-50 (based on a Soldano design) - I already know about the design drawbacks of these amps (choke, reverb, caps), but it comes with all-original Japanese ECC83s and "winged" 6L6 power tubes. I am tempted to buy it for the tubes alone.

    Where are you finding the best quality pre-amp tubes these days?
  2. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2004
    Land of Enchantment
    For Marshalls I like the JJ's
  3. Randy Van Sykes

    Randy Van Sykes Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    My favorite is the Sovtek 12ax7wc...not the wa or wb....the wc has a bit more gain and it sounds great to my ears.
  4. small axe

    small axe Member

    Aug 2, 2009
    i agree if not nos then sovteks. marshall jmp

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