What's your favorite V1 tube with presence but low noise?

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  1. packermann

    packermann Member

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    I am looking for suggestions on a low noise V1 tube that has plenty of presence (chimey) and moderate gain. I like the Electro Harmonix 12AX7 but it seems a bit noisy (hiss) when the amp is wide open. What are your recommendations for V1 tubes that are quiet but sound full with a nice top end? I would like to try and get a current production tube vs NOS.
     
  2. Tallhorses

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    NOS Tesla...awesome tube
     
  3. Braciola

    Braciola Silver Supporting Member

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    Couldn't disagree more.
    I find the JJ's dark.
    Definitely a poor choice for what packermann is looking for...... "plenty of presence (chimey)"
    I would suggest a Sovtek LPS
     
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    NOS Tesla or Mullard CV4004 .

    I also like JJ 83's, but I have an amp that is bright out of the box and very chimey.

    Joe
     
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    In my brighter amps i like jj's
    in my darker amps i prefer reissue tungsol 12ax7's
     
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    I agree.
     
  7. Jack Briggs

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    NOS Bugle Boy D-getter.
     
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    What amp?

    All tubes and amps have some noise. What you're experiencing with the EH's may be no worse than anything else you try.
     
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    Easy to say hard to find Jack, what would ya put next to it in V2 and the P/I ?

    And as Mike mentioned This is important

    Its For an EL 34 50 watt Empexador II. Marshall territory.

    I use all the amps colors - clean dirty - clean driven - OD- Boosted.

    Strat and Humbuckers.

    To the OP if your gonna go NOS talk to Mike K he is the real guy

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  10. rockon1

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    Mullard long plate! Unfortunately pricey and prone to microphonics(as all long plates are) but it delivers warmth and clarity at the same time ith a nice focused lo end.

    A less costly alternative might be a Raytheon black plate. Lot of clarity but perhaps too bright for my tastes most of the time. Bob
     
  11. SReynolds

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    Those reissue tungsol 12ax7's are pretty darn good!! I actually prefer it to a telefunken smooth plate I have. That was a shocker. Two Rock Type III and a 67 Super Reverb was the two test mules.
     
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    guitardr Silver Supporting Member

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    tung sol - mullard - jj's - sed.
    contact eurotube, kcs, ot the tube store and inquire what they sell the most of for your amp.
     
  13. Jack Briggs

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    Not hard to find, but pricey.


    In my K& M LTD I have a 1980's Boogie (Chinese) 12AX7A.
    For the P/I I use either a NOS Raytheon 12BZ7 or NOS TungSol 12AX7.

    I didn't see that mentioned anywhere.
     
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    NOS Zaerix from 1958, but very hard to find
     
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    Thanks, I'll have to give them a try.
     

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