NOS 12ax7's - JAN Sylvania or JAN GE?

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  1. pete12string

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    I want to use them in my Fargen Mini Plex and Vox AC4C1. Mainly looking for a smoother top end.

    What are the tonal differences and which would you get?

    Any other suggestions to look at? I don't want to get go crazy with price. :)

    Thanks,
    Pete
     
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    Both are excellent. In my experience, Sylvania's are a touch brighter than the GEs - but, not in a bad or harsh way. You couldn't go wrong with either one. Snag one of each if you can.
     
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    Good suggestion. I might just buy both and try them out.
     
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    Different Anos tube in each of my 3 slots in my Fuchs and Chinese PI tube in the 4th. Anos power tubes. / Same Russian tube in each of the 4 in my Kager Pignose and Chinese power tubes. Both amps sound good to me.

    Just depends on what works for you, your amp, power tubes, speaker(s)

    I find that once you go Anos you have to roll different tubes in all the different preamp spots until you get the perfect combo. There will even be small differences in 2 of the same type.
     
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    This is an accurate comparison but it's not because Sylvania's are bright tubes, it's because GE tubes tend to be darker (especially the later versions). Sylvania tubes happen to be one of my favorite US made tubes. They are typically very hot tubes.

    Those early GE long plates with the square getters are really nice tubes.
     
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    I use 2 Baldwin Sylvania's in my Marshall,smooth tubes
     
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    I'd describe the Sylvania 12ax7's as very 'detailed', but lots of folks describe them as bright.

    Most GE 12AX7's just have a little more thickness to them, compared to Sylvanias, so I'd agree that they add some smoothness. I like the long plates better for big Fender cleans, even though the short grey plates have a rawer midrange that could work well with the amps mentioned.

    I totally love my GE's, Sylvanias, and Ratheons. In most guitar applications, I'd choose them over almost all others.
     
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    Keep this under wraps please. What we say here can sway the tube market.

    I recently bought a bunch of NOS 12AX7s, including the venerable GE short plate. In the V1 position, I really loved the Sylvania 7025. Nice tube for high gain amps especially. If you were talking about a classic Fender Deluxe Reissue, or Princeton Reverb, a long plate tube might be best.

    Price wise, most of the tubes were in the $60 to $70 range.
     
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    The Baldwin ones are great. I have two in V1/V2 in my 2553 Silver Jubilee head. Fantastic stuff.
     
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    -i like anything long plate-
     

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