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Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube  

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Tung-Sol

The 12AX7 Tungsol has high gain, ultralow microphonics and superb linearity. The sound of this tube is full and musical.


 
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Tung-Sol12AX7 Tube
 
4.5

(based on 75 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves sound (11)
  • Good quality (10)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Functional (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (8)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Gain and tone a'plenty

    If you're a NOS tube snob that does'nt mind spending ridiculous amounts of cash so you can say you have NOS tubes, you're gonna hate these. But if you're looking for an excellent current...Read complete review

    If you're a NOS tube snob that does'nt mind spending ridiculous amounts of cash so you can say you have NOS tubes, you're gonna hate these. But if you're looking for an excellent current production preamp tube and want great tone and awesome gain, you can't go wrong with these. I play Hard rock, metal and "shred" style music.

    I have 4 of these Tung-Sol's in my Peavey 6505 plus (V1 and gain stages) replacing the JJ's that were in it and was immediately greeted with improved gain, punch and BIG tone. We all hear tone differently and to me, these are one of the best current production tubes out there if not THE best in this price range. I had gotten used to the tone and gain of the JJ's and did'nt realize how weak and anemic sounding they were. After I played the Tung-Sols for about a week, I put the JJ's back in just to satisy my curiosity and MAN are they weak. Keeping them for backup though because I'm waiting to see about the reliability of these Tung-Sols. I hope they last because the tone and gain RULES!

    I tried one in just the V1 and was happy with the improvement. After that, I put in 3 more in the gain stages and tone stack (my Phase inverter and effects loop tubes are balanced Pentas) and was blown away by them. But as the saying goes, to each his own.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor Quality, Poor Service

    I bought eight tubes from MF... out of the four Tung-Sol 12AX7's I ordered, three of the four tested below 40/120, dead-out-of-the-box. Poor, poor, poor quality. When I...Read complete review

    I bought eight tubes from MF... out of the four Tung-Sol 12AX7's I ordered, three of the four tested below 40/120, dead-out-of-the-box. Poor, poor, poor quality. When I called to return them, the woman who initially handled the call told me that 'tubes are not returnable if the box has been opened', which is not MF policy. Poor, poor, poor service. It's been seven days since MF confirmed receiving the return, and I still don't have my refund. Poor, poor, poor policy. I bought eight tubes from MF... and only ONE was usable. I also order a matched quartet of Tung-Sol 6L6's... one of the four arrived CRACKED, and the silver coating inside the tube was white, flakey, and burned off. I never used nor even tested this tube, so it was obvious the damage did not occur in shipping, but must have occurred while the set was being tested/matched. Poor, poor, poor.
    I will NEVER, repeat NEVER order tubes from Musicians Friend ever again.

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    2.0

    Sounded good, fried fast

    By Stephens

    from Wilkes-Barre, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Improves Sound
    • Sounded Better Than Jj

    Cons

    • Short Life

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

      I replaced my JJ 12ax7 in the V1 position of my Peavey 3120 with this tube. It sounded great but the tube blew after about 5 hours of play. I could understand if I put it in a cathode follower stage or something, but for V1 it should not have done that. First and last time I buy Tung Sol.

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      5.0

      Preamp tube review

      By Capt Sac.

      from West Virginia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

      They work well in my Marshall head.

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Great upgrade

      By Tj

      from Seattle, wa

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

          Swapped these in my new Hughes & Kettner tubmeister 36 and what a huge change. These are great. Much less noise and great tone. The amp sounded good but just not quite there but these did the trick. I swapped all 3. I would highly recommend these.

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          5.0

          Good purchase

          By Marshall2210

          from NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

              I really like these tubes in my Orange Rockerverb 100 MkII. They have a little less gain than what came in the amp but is of no consequence because the amp still has an enormous amount of gain. I like the tone much better. It is less biting and much smoother.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Tube

              By wiregrass

              from Alabama

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Quality
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup

                Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                Got this because I heard that Peavey Classic 30's did well with one of these in preamp V1 position. The preamp had JJ's in 1 and 2 and a Ruby in V3. To me the JJ sounded better in V1, so I put this in V3 and noticed a pleasant change vs the Ruby. The Tung Sol seems more hi fi, with better bass and more extended highs. I realize that is subjective, but I'm happier with my clean sound and my amp settings.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nice preamp tube.

                By Fishpotpete

                from Ballwin, MO

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • In A Tube Amp

                  Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                  I've heard that these preamp tubes last about twice as long as the power tubes - I got about 500 hours out of my power tube before it started going out (making random noises). So that's about a year for my power tube - to make life easy, I change both the preamp and power tube at the same time. I use it in a VHT Special 6 (one preamp and one power tube), so for me changing the tubes once a year just before our church Christmas program is easy to keep track of.

                  The sound of this brand was better (in my mind) than the stock tube. I did play with a 5157 preamp tube but it didn't give me enough clean head room. And the distortion the 5157 gave me wasn't the greatest either.

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Poor Quality, Poor Service

                  By Yes I Know What Im Talking About

                  from North Of Nowhere

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Dead Out Of The Box

                    Best Uses

                    • Return And Avoid

                    Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                    I bought eight tubes from MF... out of the four Tung-Sol 12AX7's I ordered, three of the four tested below 40/120, dead-out-of-the-box. Poor, poor, poor quality. When I called to return them, the woman who initially handled the call told me that 'tubes are not returnable if the box has been opened', which is not MF policy. Poor, poor, poor service. It's been seven days since MF confirmed receiving the return, and I still don't have my refund. Poor, poor, poor policy. I bought eight tubes from MF... and only ONE was usable. I also order a matched quartet of Tung-Sol 6L6's... one of the four arrived CRACKED, and the silver coating inside the tube was white, flakey, and burned off. I never used nor even tested this tube, so it was obvious the damage did not occur in shipping, but must have occurred while the set was being tested/matched. Poor, poor, poor.
                    I will NEVER, repeat NEVER order tubes from Musicians Friend ever again.

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    2.0

                    Over hyped.

                    By Rockit

                    from SWFla

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                          I put these in my '59 Bassman after hearing all the hype. I didn't notice a major difference in tone from the EH's I've been using for years, but they sounded good. I do a lot of festivals and other outdoor gigs where the 110v power supplied to our gear is sometimes less than clean. Pretty common for a gigging pro. After six months I had one working, one noisy as heck and one that was stone dead. Might just be my bad luck, but I've had better durability from Chinese tubes, and the Tung Sol's did not produce a noticeable improvement in sound over the EH's, which I've gone back to using.

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Gain and tone a'plenty

                          By Metal Mark

                          from Central Florida

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                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                                If you're a NOS tube snob that does'nt mind spending ridiculous amounts of cash so you can say you have NOS tubes, you're gonna hate these. But if you're looking for an excellent current production preamp tube and want great tone and awesome gain, you can't go wrong with these. I play Hard rock, metal and "shred" style music.

                                I have 4 of these Tung-Sol's in my Peavey 6505 plus (V1 and gain stages) replacing the JJ's that were in it and was immediately greeted with improved gain, punch and BIG tone. We all hear tone differently and to me, these are one of the best current production tubes out there if not THE best in this price range. I had gotten used to the tone and gain of the JJ's and did'nt realize how weak and anemic sounding they were. After I played the Tung-Sols for about a week, I put the JJ's back in just to satisy my curiosity and MAN are they weak. Keeping them for backup though because I'm waiting to see about the reliability of these Tung-Sols. I hope they last because the tone and gain RULES!

                                I tried one in just the V1 and was happy with the improvement. After that, I put in 3 more in the gain stages and tone stack (my Phase inverter and effects loop tubes are balanced Pentas) and was blown away by them. But as the saying goes, to each his own.

                                Comment on this review

                                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                more gain

                                By jerry zak

                                from michigan

                                About Me Novice

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Improves Sound

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                                  great tube

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