New Tung-Sol 12AX7's - I like 'em!

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  1. Deaj

    Deaj Silver Supporting Member

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    The Ruby 12AX7's that came stock in my Fuchs ODShave all become noisy and very microphonic. I don't have alot of play time on them either - certainly not enough to expect all of them to go. I've not been overly impressed with the tone of the Ruby 12AX7 in other amps but they worked well enough in the ODS to keep me from even considering replacing them. Well, last night the last one became unuseable and I'm fresh out of decent sounding spares due to having to replace the other three over the last few months. Time to buy some new preamp tubes.

    I remember reading Andy Fuchs post in a recent thread that he was diggin' the new Tung-Sol 12AX7's in his amps and so I went to a local music store and picked a pair up for V1 and V2. I noticed an improvement immediately. They are definitely brighter than the Ruby's and sound very musical. I like them alot!

    Not much more to say at this point as I haven't had alot of time to play with them in the amp but I thought I'd post my initial observations.

    Is anyone else here using them? How are you liking them?
     
  2. electronpirate

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    Loving them. Suprisingly even preferred it over my NOS RCA in V1.
     
  3. BozoTone

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    They are my favorite new production. I think some of the other RI Tung Sols (5881's) are getting good reveiws also...the AX7 are very musical in my book.....and amp...lol...
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  4. Blue Strat

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    I wonder which Rubys you have since Ruby sells all "third world" tubes with their label on them.

    The Tung Sol Reissues have been great, very reliable, and have a low reject rate. Most of my customers like them a lot.
     
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    I believe those would be the Chinese ones Mike... Look like the 9th gens...

     
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    +1

    I have three in my Hayseed, and I like them better than the JJs, EHs and even NOS RCAs and GEs I've tried.
     
  7. Lord Valve

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    How *dare* you believe your lyin' ears?

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    man is King." - Lord Valve -
     
  8. Shea

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    When you say something this positive about a new production tube, that's worth taking notice. :)

    Shea
     
  9. bryan k

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    if you like the re-issues....try the NOS originals!

    Ive never tried the re-issues....but i LOVE the originals. I have one in the V2 spot in my amp currently. man do those have some bite!
     
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    Ha!
     
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    The other guitarist in my band has two Marshalls (JMP 2203 & 2204) loaded with RI Tung Sol 12AX7s and 6550s, they sound amazing. My JCM 800 2204 (1982, vertical inputs, stock) should be back from the shop soon, it will have RI Mullard EL 34s and RI Tung Sol 12Ax7s, I'm really looking forward to hearing how they sound in my amp.

    Cheers,

    CJ
     
  12. jspax7

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    (Oh Lord!....)

    I have a NOS RCA and a Tung-Sol in v1 and v2 respectively. (ODS 30)
    I'm quite pleased. They have gain like an EH, but with a warmer highs.

    Problem is, I only ordered 1. I'll be getting more of these. I also plan to try the 6V6's and the 5881's. If these are as good as the reviews indicate, I won't spend quite as much on NOS tubes.

    (I found them to be fruity, yet delicate, with a hint of oak.... I forgot to sniff the cork!);)
     
  13. bjm007

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    I have Tung-Sols in my new Metropoulos and I like them a lot...

    Very musical and not microphonic at all...
     
  14. SQUAREHEAD

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    Where are these re issues made??
    Who makes 'em?
    Keith
     
  15. Lord Valve

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    They're not re-issues of anything. They're a new
    design, bearing the Tung-Sol trademark, which is
    affixed by the people who currently own the rights
    to it.


    "Who makes 'em?"

    Will this knowledge affect how they sound, or
    your decision to try them?

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    Ohhh ok, Sovtek then!




     
  17. Blue Strat

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    Right, but the word "reissue" is a handy way of differentiating them from NOS Tung Sols which some folks may not be aware of.:YinYang
     
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    I bought mine from the secret lair of Lord Valve. On his recommendation.

    I am now inclined to believe him when he issues press releases on tubes.

    EP
     
  19. bforest4

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    just put some tung-sol 12AX7's in my matchless lightning and was not happy. Too much gain, muddy in the mids and lows. Also to bright, piercing and harsh on the high's. Missed the matchless sparkle, balance and tightness I had with sovteks, but still looking for something better. Anybody else have any luck using tung-sol's with EL84 class A amps?
     
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    I bought one for my Orange, that had 12AX7LPS in both slots. now it's got the Tung Sol in #1 and an EH in #2 I'll try this weekend with one of the LPS's. It sounds great. I'm going to get another tung sol so I'll have 2 and then swap the rectifier out too.

    It's got a lot of sparkle to it to my ears, a good amount of headroom, just a sweet sound.
     

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