Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by leofenderbender, Sep 30, 2005.
Of current production, who makes the best?
What NOS tubes should I look for?
Where do I get them?
I've had great success with both Mullard and Bugle Boy NOS, I've found them n ebay, you can also try "Dougs Tubes"
New ones are only decent at best. They go microphonic REALLY fast.
I'm using Dario NOS from KCA tubes, with great results.
What sort of amp are you using?
I was wondering where to go and what to get.
I was thinking Upscale Audio too...
My amp is a 65Amps London. When I return from a government "vacation" in the Southeast, I will be wanting to get a few to have around just in case.
It is looking more and more that NOS is the only option.
I put a Mullars in my Route 66, the GEC is supposed to be good too.
Check with Mike (Blue Strat) at kcanos.com
I have a couple NOS Amperex ($60 ea) & a couple Mullard ($50 ea).
There's only one EF86 being made today (though I've heard that they may now be out of production), in Russia, and sold under a few names like Svetlana, Sovtek, etc. I've also seen these same tubes marked as Mullard, Siemens, etc. so be careful about where you buy NOS branded tubes.
The Dario Miniwatt is a NOS favorite but ALL of the NOS EF86s are far superior in quality to the Russian ones.
I've got a large selection on hand.
You might try asking Dan Boul what he's been using. He recently retubed my London 65amps EF 86 with a Mullard or something made in the same factory. I forget exactly what he said it was but it sounds great.
Most of the companies that made good tubes made good EF 86s as well. Mullard, Telefunken, Valvo etc. The GEC EF 86 is supposed to be the best, but make sure that you get a real british made one. I've bought a GEC EF 86 on ebay that turned out to be made in the USSR (not a bad tube, but not a match for Mullard or Valvo).
The last 100 or so amps we've put out have Dario EF86's in them. We've got a large stock of those right now. They are made in the Holland factory where the Mullard, Valvo, Philips. etc. EF86's were made. The Dario is the non-commercial ones made for Military and industrial use. Very nice tube and probably the toughest of the EF86 family.
The Sovtek EF86's are not actually new production, they're from the 80's and just leftover.
Personal favorites . . . Dario, GEC, Genalex (duh), and Amperex.
Damn. Now that you confirmed that, I better snag a couple spares.
Before all the junkies buy em up!
I forgot to mention that there are some new production EF86's going to be available in the very near future. I'm sworn to secrecy, sort of, but 2 large manufacturers are building prototypes right now. We're to be testing one of them next month. Don't feel like it's necessary to horde these tubes. They're still around and there will soon be a new supply.
You are a class act - your dedication to service is top notch. You build a halfway decent amp too.
It appears I have a gift for understatement...