Just picked up 10 nos mesa 12ax7's from the 80's

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  1. shane

    shane Member

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    labled either 7025 str 12ax7-a or spax7a

    Are these run of the mill or the sought after chinese?
    Thanks,
    Shane
     
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    The SP tubes are very low noise. Mesa typically used those in the first input tube socket. They generally cost twice as much as the non-SP tubes.

    I bet they are all chinese.
     
  3. shane

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    I have had some really crappy chinese tubes over the years but now I hear about nos chinese from the 80's that sound excellent. Is this for real and how can I tell if I have the good chinese tubes?
     
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    I think THD use those '80's tubes ( not labelled Mesa obviously) in their new shipments.

    Pete.
     
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    mtndog Gold Supporting Member

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    "...how can I tell if I have the good chinese tubes?"

    Plug 'em in and play 'em.
     
  6. shane

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    Thanks for everyone's help. I intend to put these on ebay and if they are sought after I would like to mention it in the ad. They sound good in my carr slant 6 but I don't want to misrepresent them. Any info on markings to look for etc would be appreciated. Thanks
     
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    Slick51 Colonel Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    From Lord Valve's (Willy at NBS Electronics in Denver)... preamp tube catalog...

    "NOS CHINESE 12AX7 GREY-PLATES

    Along with my lucky score of "Silver Special" NOS Chinese
    12AX7s, I also got ~500 pieces of the original "Beijing
    production" Chinese 12AX7s. These are the same tubes that
    all Mesa amps shipped with in the late 80s and all through
    the 90s, and they were used in many Fenders, Marshalls,
    Bogners, etc. Excellent for use in all guitar amps.

    UPDATE 09/28/03 - I am finding a small but steady trickle
    of these, at progressively higher prices. Still worth
    the money.
    EACH.......................................$15.00"

    HTH
    Slick51
     
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    There are "NOS" Chinese production that sound great. The grey plates are nice, the "silver specials" are simply fabulous. Particularly in old Fenders (to my ears anyhow...)

    Here's what they look like:

    http://www.wakarusaamp.com/misc_junk/technical/reference/tube_pix/index.html
     

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