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Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube   

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

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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
 
4.6

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (23)
  • Improves sound (22)
  • Functional (15)
  • Easy to use (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (9)
  • Back-up (7)
  • Practicing (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (22), Professional musician (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

MOST TRUSTED PRODUCTION PREAMP

It's tough to review vacuum tubes these days. AND sad to realize that there are precious few good American products out there.

Tung-Sol preamps are the 'go to' tubes of...Read complete review

It's tough to review vacuum tubes these days. AND sad to realize that there are precious few good American products out there.

Tung-Sol preamps are the 'go to' tubes of choice here at GREG GUITARS when customers are budget conscious. They perform well and are fairly musical as well. They will not stand up in a head to head competion with average to good NOS RCA tubes, but they will get the job done in all but the "cleanest" applications.

If you're serious about tube technology, our advice is read everything you can get your hands on, then test, test, test. Nothing is a better teacher than personal experience. We use 2 high end tube testers, then load them into a simple lower power amp and play them. You'll soon have your own opinions about Tung-sol and others. Don't simply spend your hard earned cash on Boutique, or NOS antiques. Test!

Start by comparing these with your Fender stock GT's or JJ's, then move onto the GE and RCA, then to Genelex NOS if yu can find them.

However, our own experience tells us that these new Tung-Sols are better than most of what comes stock in a great many production amps. They tend to have an adequate musicality without a piercing high frequency quality. In our experience they are best used in amps that are not involved in recording and amps that are not expected to sound great in a squeaky clean setting.

Bottom line...We use them in a lot of rebuild projects for customers on a budget. We do not get complaints.

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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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5.0

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By Joseph

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Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

great tubes, love the sound arrived as promised.

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5.0

Great JJ Alternative

By Nathan

from Houston

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Pros

  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

      So far, this tube is great, it seems to add a bit of clarity to the mid-range and low-end of my amplifier, which is a deluxe reverb. These amps are a bit of a tough thing to tame when it comes to taming their wooliness, and the clarity and headroom of this tube certainly helps. I'm using this as the v4 reverb/2cd preamp stage, so it's also effecting the reverb sound my particular amplifier. That said, it just makes the reverb a bit less pronounced, but at the same time improves it's detail and bounciness as there's just less "mud" in the sound.

      Compared to JJ's, these are roughly the same output, and won't drastically effect your sound if you have those tubes, however they will give a more detailed sound throughout the sound spectrum. These are particularly good for amps that have to much bass end or are generally not as detailed and clear as they should be.

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      5.0

      Good choice for 6505+?

      By MarkM

      from Sacramento

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

        Just ordered a couple of these along with JJEC83's for my Peavey 6505+. After much research (and debate) I was advised to put the Tung Sol 12ax7 in V1 and V6 and JJ83 in between. Anyone here try this? Thanks!

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        5.0

        Best choice for Mesa Boogie Stiletto

        By srenkin

        from Atlanta

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

            I've had a Stiletto Ace combo for 5 years, with stock Mesa tubes that sound great. I recently purchased the head-only version (used), and it sounded different - the tone was brittle and it didn't have the soft clip early-breakup sound I was used to. Tried 5 different 12XAX7s from different companies in V1 and V2, and the Tung-Sol delivered the sound I was looking for.

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            5.0

            This will brighten up your day

            By Jtuck

            from Mobile,Alabama

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backup
              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

              If you need to tighten up and brighten up your amp this tube works great in v1
              I put 1 into all 5 of my amps and it did the trick I can use any of my guitars passive or active and it really helps the overall tone especially when you start to crank the preamp

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              5.0

              Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube

              By Nightman

              from Georgia

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Functional
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                Great tube! I use it to replace the bad tube in my HA3500 amp. I bought more as backups for my GK MB Fusion 800.

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                4.0

                Fine

                By SteveT

                from Ct. US

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                Pros

                • Improves Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                    Bought this to replace a no name Chinese tube that was noisy, rattled in a 5watt tube amp. Fixed that issue. I am not sure it changed the character of the amp much, certainly nowhere as much as a speaker upgrade.

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                    5.0

                    Work well, no need to worry

                    By Fritzo

                    from NW Ohio

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                        Tung-Sol tubes are always top quality and deliver that refreshed tone your amp needs.

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                        5.0

                        Standard workhorses

                        By Fritzo

                        from NW Ohio

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                            Tung-Sol makes great tubes! No better way to recharge your fading amp than a new set of tubes.

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                            5.0

                            Great tubes I would buy again and again

                            By Joe Demar

                            from NY,NY

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Quality
                            • Improves Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts

                              Comments about Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube:

                              Big up grade from the tubes from China

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