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NewOldSocks

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Would just like to vouch for @Blue Strat ... not like he really needs it tho. (if it gets me in trouble, my bad).

I bought all JAN GE 12ax7wa for my AX7 positions, Mullard AT7 for my positions, a JAN Phillips 5AR4 rectifier, and a duet of G.E.6L6GC for my handwired StuDaddy Deluxe Reverb (it has the YUGE M.M. PT transformer to run the 6L6s efficiently).... all from KCANOS.

That was almost SEVEN years ago and I play my amp everyday and gig up to 3 times a week (4hr shows) with some shows being up to 6hrs away and I did NOT have a flight case for my amp (what a dipshit right?)...

I still have ALL of these tubes in my amp EXCEPT the power tubes (which I just bought exact replacements).
I have had ZERO trouble out of ANY of the preamp tubes that I bought... even playing gigs up to Buffalo NY and back with NO flight case.

I was shittin' bricks when I was on the short "play gigs otw to Buffalo, play in Buffalo, and play gigs otw back" trip... JAN meant more to me than ever after that.

Hope that meant something to someone.

Cheers
 

tbonesullivan

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I haven't bought from @Blue Strat YET, but I definitely plan to once I stop blowing my money on 100lb combo amps. Probably once the ol tax refund arrives.

The sellers who are on that list are there for a reason. I've also had great luck in ANOS tubes from Doug's Tubes. Old Production tubes last for a very long time, and the stress put on the preamp tubes is far less than the power tubes. I expect that the ones I have will last quite some time.

Now I just need to decide what kind of tubes I'm looking for. Ones that sound great clean, or ones that sound great when I stick them in the gain stages of a Dual Rectifier.
 

tbonesullivan

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I might have missed them listed above but what about this seller that's both online and thru reverb.com? I've bought from them several times; smooth transaction, quality tubes in stock, fast shipper, great communications...

https://www.vivatubes.com/
I would say, definitely read the entire description for everything they post. If it clearly shows a faded getter flash, it's NOT possible to "test as new". They are very good about posting all the test values, so go by those, and the description, not whatever misleading title they put on their tubes.
 

cocheese

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Bought from KCA and Hi-Test with no issues. HiTest is not cheap, but you get what you pay for IMO. I've had the same Mullard EF86 in my Vox for years and it keeps on ticking (or NOT ticking?). He also sold me some Visseaux (sp?) EL84's, which beat Mullard and Telefunken for me. Amazing tones and he was able to walk me through the maze of NOS tubes to fine tube my amps for the tone I was hearing in my head.
 

cocheese

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I've never known Visseaux to have made EL84. Could you post a couple of photos?
I'll post a pic in a couple of weeks when I get the amp back. The boxes are a mix of a red, white, and blue colors. Greg told me they were rare at the time, but this was over 10 years ago.
 

Blue Strat

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I'll post a pic in a couple of weeks when I get the amp back. The boxes are a mix of a red, white, and blue colors. Greg told me they were rare at the time, but this was over 10 years ago.
Even rare-er now! I haven't seen these either. Boxes sound like the same design as Visseaux 6V6GT boxes.
 

cocheese

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Well, the boxes say Belvu on the outside, but have Visseaux written on the side. They are red white and blue and say EL84 on the top. Perhaps not quite as "unobtanium" as suspected. Just wanted to write this before I go through the hassle of posting pics. All I know is these are the best sounding EL84's I've ever had for my Vox AC15/Marshall 18-watt style amp.
 

Timbre Wolf

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Well, the boxes say Belvu on the outside, but have Visseaux written on the side. They are red white and blue and say EL84 on the top. Perhaps not quite as "unobtanium" as suspected. Just wanted to write this before I go through the hassle of posting pics. All I know is these are the best sounding EL84's I've ever had for my Vox AC15/Marshall 18-watt style amp.
Do the plates have a large circular hole on the side? Similar to original Mullard EL84, but with a slightly larger diameter hole?
 

Blue Strat

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Well, the boxes say Belvu on the outside, but have Visseaux written on the side. They are red white and blue and say EL84 on the top. Perhaps not quite as "unobtanium" as suspected. Just wanted to write this before I go through the hassle of posting pics. All I know is these are the best sounding EL84's I've ever had for my Vox AC15/Marshall 18-watt style amp.
Photos would be VERY helpful for people who might have these, or see them in the future!
 

57gold

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Use Visseaux 6V6s, which sound pretty sweet in 1959 Deluxe. Bought two pairs from Upscale Audio I think or maybe it was HiTest...haven't seen these rarities available for years. Believe the froggies last made them in like 1952. Big colorful cleans and EL34 like bark when cranked.

Anyone seen these around lately?
 

Bloozey

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This list is to cut down on the 'where do I buy tubes' threads on TGP.
All these dealers/vendors have been submitted by general membership. If you have someone that you would like to add to the list please PM me here. You must have ACTUALLY DONE BUSINESS with them. No 'ebay stores'.


Now the disclaimer, TGP is not responsible for any transactions with the below businesses. The Gear Page is not affiliated nor does it endorse any specific retailer. This is purely a list of membership advised on line tube sellers. CAVEAT EMPTOR. DO YOUR HOMEWORK.

www.dougstubes.com New and NOS tubes. ( TGP Member Name Doug's Tubes).

www.kcanostubes.com New and NOS as well as ANOS tubes. (TGP Member name Blue Strat).

www.hitestguitars.com Gregg specializes in NOS tubes.

www.tubedepot.com Mostly new, some NOS tubes, parts, amp kits, Audiophile stuff, etc.

www.eurotubes.com Specializes and exlusively carries JJ tubes.

www.tubestore.com New and Nos tubes, lots of audiophile stuff.

http://mhuss.com/sgtoverdrive/ Terry the Tube tramp. Email with specific NOS and ANOS Requests and see what Terry has.

www.angela.com NOS tubes and amp and guitar parts.

www.tubesandmore.com New and nos tubes, parts, speakers, tolex, grillcloth, etc.

www.mojotone.com tubes, amp kits, parts for amps, guitars, cabinets, etc.

http://www.thetubeshop.com/ Nos and ANOS tubes

www.valvequeen.com Production tubes.

www.tctubes.com "specializing in vintage vacuum tubes" .

www.audiotubes.com Specializing in Nos and Current production tubes, lots of audiophile stuff as well.

http://www.unclespot.com NOS tubes and custom built reverb unit and repairs.

www.cryoset.com - cryogenically treated tubes

www.amplifiedparts.com - TGP Member - Tubes, guitar and amp parts, books, etc.

www.parts-express.com Tubes among lots of other parts and goodies.

www.tubemonger.com - Large nos selection

REMOVED- bad link Nos tube retailer (TGP Member TejasTubes)

www.mcshanedesign.net - Some Used stock, some new production and nos

www.upscaleaudio.com - member recommended new and nos, audiophile and guitar.

http://www.vacuumtubes.com/ - SND Tube sales.

www.triodeelectronics.com - tubes, kits, parts, classictone transformers, radio stuff, etc.

https://vacuumtubesinc.com/ -Nos vacuum tubes

https://mesahollywood.com/collections/tubes Mostly for boogies
Sources Outside Continental USA:

http://evatco.com.au/ Austrailian Tube supplier

www.watfordvalves.com New and NOS European Tube Supplier

www.tubeampdoctor.com Tubes, amp kits, parts, etc. European supplier.

http://www.bluebellaudio.com/ tubes, Turretboards, connectors, etc. Scottland Based.

http://www.hotroxuk.com/ England Based. Tubes, parts, etc.

http://www.tube-town.net/ttstore/ Dirk at tube Town German Supplier.
I always have a very positive experience with Watford Valves and HotRox for differing purposes
 

9985

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Just discovered this thread, have bought a few NOS/ANOS tubes via eBay & vendor websites (including some that have gotten beaten up on this thread)- been lucky so far, no clunkers- will check here for the future! The first post said no eBay stores, so I'm not sure if it is OK to ask about an eBay vendor - anyone deal with "spin4cards"? I can't find where they have their own website, just eBay, has almost 14K reviews, 21 years on eBay & 100% feedback, searched TGP & didn't see his userID show up anywhere- based on the spotless feedback, I took a flyer on a matched pair of "platinum plus" grade Raytheon 12AX7A- arriving next week, fingers crossed.
 

bradtfw

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Looking for a quad of EL34s. Haven’t yet decided between EHX, Svetlana, or TAD.

Any suggestions for a new production dealer of these brands that thoroughly tests and burns-in before shipping?

I used to order from ValveQueen, but she quit the biz. She used to burn-in for 72 hours at (I believe) 400 + volts. Always thought that was a nice touch.
 




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