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This Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube is world-renowned for its smooth, round tone. An ultra "low microphonic" tube that is used by Fender, Ampeg, Carvin, and Hartke, among others.


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Sovtek12AX7WA Preamp Tube
 
3.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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    (5)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (6)
  • Functional (4)
  • Improves sound (4)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Concerts (4)
    • Back-up (3)
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      • Experienced (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works for my amp!

    I've heard all kinds of things about Sovtek preamps being OK to poor, but this one definitely works for my Peavey Triple XXX 112. I put this in the V1 position and it's...Read complete review

    I've heard all kinds of things about Sovtek preamps being OK to poor, but this one definitely works for my Peavey Triple XXX 112. I put this in the V1 position and it's perfect, at least IMHO! Now here's the funny part: I didn't order this tube, I ordered the Electro-Harmonix 12AX7EH and was sent this one instead. At first I was a little annoyed, but then ended up not needing either tube, so I just figured I'd keep it and try it later. I originally changed the old tubes out to JJ AT7/ECC81s in the V1 & V4 positions and JJ AX7/ECC83s in the V2 & V3 positions after exploring the internet for the best options for this amp. The tone was very fizzy/fuzzy without enough bass response. The tone was so bad I was ready to sell the amp. As a last resort I decided to try this tube in the V1 position and it was perfect. The fizziness/fuzziness was tamed and my bass returned. Needless to say, this may not be the perfect tube for your amp, but if you have a Peavey Triple XXX I would recommend you try this tube and forget the JJs, which reminded me of Chinese tubes. I can't really speak for this tubes reliability, though, as I haven't had it long enough, but I have had other Sovteks and they seem as reliable as any other preamp tube.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Sovtek 12AX7WA "Cold Tube"

    I replaced the original Fender brand 12AX7A tubes in my Fender Super 112 Amp with these Sovtek 12AX7WA tubes. The Fender tubes have a very smooth, clean sound sound but have become microphonic and...Read complete review

    I replaced the original Fender brand 12AX7A tubes in my Fender Super 112 Amp with these Sovtek 12AX7WA tubes. The Fender tubes have a very smooth, clean sound sound but have become microphonic and are ringing. The Sovtek tubes have a very "Cold" sound to them, no bottom end, no tone. Replaced the Sovtek tubes with the Ruby 12AX7ACZ-HG tubes from my Marshall JCM 900 amp and the amp sounds very close to the original Fender tubes. I ordered another set of the Ruby tubes for the Marshall and will leave the Ruby tubes in the Fender amp for now.

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    1.0

    work for a while then snap, crackle, pop

    By Barney Rubble

    from Ipswich, MA

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    Pros

    • Improves Sound

    Cons

    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

    Replaced a "Ruby" 12ax7 because it sounded thin in my Vox VT20+, the sovtek defintely beefed things up (more bass) then after about 2 weeks, snap, crackle, pop. I will try JJ 12ax7 tube next.

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    5.0

    Just as good, don't buy into the hype

    By mojodelic

    from Georgia

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    Pros

    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

        Great replacement for any 12AX7x. I replaced a GT 12AX7R (PI) & it works just fine.

        There just aren't that many manufacturers folks; as long as you replace the correct type (pentode, triode, etc.) you're golden.

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        2.0

        Meh they'll do

        By Wichita

        from Southern KY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

          I bought these tubes to replace some JJ 12ax7s that were in my amp at the time and these work fine, but they have a lot more high end and it was hard to find a happy medium in my tone. I ended up putting the JJs back in and ordering more of those.

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          5.0

          Works for my amp!

          By NomadRonin

          from Ocala, Fl.

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backup
            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

            I've heard all kinds of things about Sovtek preamps being OK to poor, but this one definitely works for my Peavey Triple XXX 112. I put this in the V1 position and it's perfect, at least IMHO! Now here's the funny part: I didn't order this tube, I ordered the Electro-Harmonix 12AX7EH and was sent this one instead. At first I was a little annoyed, but then ended up not needing either tube, so I just figured I'd keep it and try it later. I originally changed the old tubes out to JJ AT7/ECC81s in the V1 & V4 positions and JJ AX7/ECC83s in the V2 & V3 positions after exploring the internet for the best options for this amp. The tone was very fizzy/fuzzy without enough bass response. The tone was so bad I was ready to sell the amp. As a last resort I decided to try this tube in the V1 position and it was perfect. The fizziness/fuzziness was tamed and my bass returned. Needless to say, this may not be the perfect tube for your amp, but if you have a Peavey Triple XXX I would recommend you try this tube and forget the JJs, which reminded me of Chinese tubes. I can't really speak for this tubes reliability, though, as I haven't had it long enough, but I have had other Sovteks and they seem as reliable as any other preamp tube.

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            4.0

            12AX7WA PREAMP TUBE

            By ElectricDinosaur

            from Ambler Pa.

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            Pros

            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts

              Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

              The tube is being used in a Vt30 from Vox. The tube that was in the amp was a brand also made in Russia. That one made more noise then the Sovtek. This tube so far , so good.

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              5.0

              12AX7WA Tube got my Tube MP Working

              By Man in His Music Cave

              from San Antonio, TX

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              Pros

              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

                I got smart and took apart my ART Tube MP to figure out what went wrong. Sure enough, the "tube" went bad. The Sovek 12AX7WA tube worked great. It's interesting where these tubes are made and by whom. Right on the Volga River.

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                5.0

                Best buy for 12AX7 tubes

                By Jeffro-ll2G8

                from Guam

                About Me Professional Musician

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality
                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

                I have seen pre-amp tubes that cost a lot more. These tubes for the price that MF is charging cannot be beat. Soviet tubes are the best because they have been making tubes since the 40's.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                good value

                By Richard Entzminger

                from Reading PA

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                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

                    I like the sound of these in my 1965 Fender Bassman Blondie. They do occasionally pop and crackle a bit but not enough for me to stop using them.

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Sovtek 12ax7 tubes

                    By jams

                    from Hampton, virginia

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                    • Good Quality

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                        Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

                        My rebel 20 came with 12axwa tubes !
                        A ruby just has too many highs for this amp .
                        Need a really warm tube these WA and WB types are best at taming a bright amp !
                        The sovtek 12ax7LPS with balanced triodes ,is the best phase inverter ive heard in a push pull amp.
                        That tube gets your notes thru OD better than others.
                        I have the 12ax7wc also sovtek that has better gain it seems !

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                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Sovtek 12AX7WA "Cold Tube"

                        By David Salzer

                        from Erie Pennsylvania

                        Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

                        I replaced the original Fender brand 12AX7A tubes in my Fender Super 112 Amp with these Sovtek 12AX7WA tubes. The Fender tubes have a very smooth, clean sound sound but have become microphonic and are ringing. The Sovtek tubes have a very "Cold" sound to them, no bottom end, no tone. Replaced the Sovtek tubes with the Ruby 12AX7ACZ-HG tubes from my Marshall JCM 900 amp and the amp sounds very close to the original Fender tubes. I ordered another set of the Ruby tubes for the Marshall and will leave the Ruby tubes in the Fender amp for now.

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