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Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube  

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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, ...Read More

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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
 
4.1

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (8)
  • Functional (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Improves sound (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (6)
    • Back-up (5)
    • Concerts (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

    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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    5.0

    Have been the best for my amp

    By Tele Player

    from Yakima, WA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Replacement Of Original

      Comments about Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Tube:

      These are the same as the original tubes in my Fender Deluxe (1999 Hot Rod) amp. I've also used the Tung-Sol 12AX7 which seem to provide a bit more volume and are brighter. I'd recommend the Tung-Sol as well, if you prefer that sound. I changed back to the 12AX7WA tubes since they seemed to provide the amp with it's original tone which I prefered. They've worked well and no issues. I always keep spare tubes on hand (including power tubes) when playing..I've had them quit working. I prefer the 12AX7WA, but of course everyone has a different sound they like.

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      5.0

      These tubes are great! For me, anyway.

      By NomadRonin

      from Ocala, Fl.

      About Me Experienced

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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 just want to say this about these tubes. I have two Peavey Triple XXX's, a 112 and a Super 40 EFX, and these are the only tubes that sound right to me with these amps. I've tried the JJ's, based on a review from one forum that claims JJ's sound the best with these amps, but I disagree, the JJ's had way too much top end and sounded like a Chinese tube. I tried a Tung Sol 12AX7 because it is supposed to have a bigger bottom end, which it does, but it also has more treble, not something I would recommend with Triple XXX amps, which have plenty of top end. I'm not saying JJ's or Tung Sol tubes are bad tubes, I'm saying if you have an amp with a lot of treble, too much treble, these Sovtek 12AX7WAs do what they're advertised to and tame the treble by rounding the tone of the amp. For me, this was perfect in my Triple XXXs. Remember, tone is subjective and this is my opinion, yours may vary.

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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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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just as good, don't buy into the hype

        By mojodelic

        from Georgia

        About Me Experienced

        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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                About Me Experienced

                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

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  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

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • 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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