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

packermann

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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.
 

Braciola

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Current production? I have gotten quite good results using all JJ preamp tubes in a couple of different combo amps.

Call or email Bob at Eurotubes and tell him what you want. He will select tubes for your specific needs and he ships quick.

I am also interested in trying TAD tubes, but have not yet done so. Like JJ tubes, they get a lot of good comments on this board.
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
 

joek86

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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
 

Blue Strat

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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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NOS Bugle Boy D-getter.

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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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
 

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.
 

guitardr

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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.
 

Jack Briggs

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Easy to say hard to find Jack,

Not hard to find, but pricey.


what would ya put next to it in V2 and the P/I ?

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.

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.

I didn't see that mentioned anywhere.
 




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