Our Preferred Series 7189 tube is a versatile high quality option for EL84, 6BQ5, and 7189 tube circuits because of its clean headroom, power, dynamics and harmonic content. Please see John Templeton's review of this tube. This 7189 tube is rated for higher power and plate voltage plus longer life making it a premium upgrade for amps with tough operating conditions. The solid construction and heavy glass also minimize microphonics. For the hifi crowd, this tube is the perfect choice for Scott, Eico and Fisher amps. Our Preferred Series 7189 starts life as a NOS (New Old Stock) Russian 6P14P-EV as translated from Cyrillic. It is a military build that meets or exceeds the 7189 specifications.
6P14P = 6BQ5, EL84 and 7189 tubes. E = Extended or long life (>5,000 hours) V = Mechanically ruggedized for low microphonics and reliability
We have been selling this particular tube for years but have found the production from the 1980’s to sound and work the best. We sought out and purchased as much NOS as we can find from this time period. They are then burned in, tested and matched on our digital high voltage equipment to make sure the tubes selected for you will provide outstanding tone and performance. The Preferred Series 7189 tubes carry a 6 month extended warranty.
I been using 1964 Nos RCA 7189 tubes in my amp. now they must be changed
I changed them to the Preferred Series 7189 I did not go wrong nice.
By Steve from New York
A hard sterile midrange, stiff and strident overdrive
I have to say, I am highly disappointed with these 7189 tubes. I have a mint condition Reinhardt 18 that sounds glorious. Probably the most touch sensitive amp I own, shimmery dimensional, lush with just seems to resonate with my historic LP. I decided to give my Amperex Holland el84 tubes a break and try these 7189s. My Reinhardt was transformed and not in a good way. While there was more highs and lows, the dimesionality of the amp flattened that glorious midrange collapsed. That elastic effortless feel became stiff and overdriven tones were gritty and strident. Even the JJ El84s I had laying around were marginally better than these 7189 tubes.
I'm usually happy with the tubestore. I got a set of winged C 6L6s that sound marginally better than NOS RCAs in my two-rock 10th annivcersary signature amp. So I don't know what happened here. Will have to look at some other EL84s.
By John T. from Clearwater, FL
I am amazed at the difference
Swapped out the JJ's that came in my Vox AC15HW. I re-tubed the entire amp with the preferred tube package from the tube store. Do not hesitate to do the same. I liked my amp before, but the clarity and warmth with the new tube set is amazing. I would put the tone up against any EL84 boutique amp costing twice as much. My overdrive pedals actually have more note definition. I am a cynic when it comes to the magic "tone" pills you read about in gear forums and I never write reviews. But I haven't stopped smiling since I put these tubes in. Thanks tube store.
By Douglas Robertson from The Yukon
These are the best EL84/7189's I've ever used. A step above the Telam tubes, even. I've never met an EL84 that could do Bass like these tubes, and there aren't enough adjectives to describe how ideal the mids and highs are. I'm running these in a Fryette Memphis and it's never sounded bigger or better. The Preferred Series from The Tube Store never disappoint!
By Mark from Central Ky
Vox AC10C1 - have used Tungsol ei84s.( very nice tubes)....T.A.D. el84str's (nice tube but a bit 'sterile').....and now the Preferred Series 7189. The PS-7189 lives up to its billing\reviews. I am very pleased with this tube. Since getting these valves a week ago I haven't used my 2x10 external cab once as the Vox on it's own is sounding Better than Ever! Thanks Tube Store..This was my 4th order from the Tube Store and once again am Very pleased with service and products.
By Dave from Michigan, USA
Great treble/mid/bass balance
In my Vox Pacemaker—an amp I've found to be expert at exposing sonic flaws in tubes, guitars and playing technique—these 7189s won a shootout among six different brands, including the Philips ECG & GE tubes I usually prefer. Clear high end without any spiky or harsh stuff, detailed mids without graininess and warm but not tubby bass. My test guitar, a three pickup Rickenbacker 350v63, sounded terrific using all three selector switch settings. The neck & middle pickups together can get muddy through the Pacemaker (a fairly mid-forward amp despite its Top Boost-based tone stack) with some power tubes while the bridge p'up alone can sound thin & razor-y with others. Not the case with these tubes! Guess I'll have to get some more.
By Joe from Ohio USA
I am amazed by these tubes!! I put these in a Peavey Micro Head, these tubes sound fantastic. In this amp it added a lot of bass it has been lacking, clear mids and plenty of chime.
By Brett from Austin, TX
These tubes are incredible in my Friedman PT20
These tubes completely change the amp characteristics for the better. Notes went from saturated and fuzzy to really articulate and punchy with beautiful harmonic overtones. Also the amp can be turned up to higher volumes and still get good note articulation - great for playing with loud bands. Here's a video I made with these tubes in my Friedman PT20 amp: https://youtu.be/3J6OiFuEZqs
By Matthew Edmonds from McPherson, Kansas
The perfect vintage hi-fi tube!
I am so glad you guys offer this tube! I hope thetubestore.com continues to offer these in the future, because I will definitely keep coming back for them! I'll be sad when the NOS runs out. Those cold-war soviets sure knew how to build tubes.These definitely meet or exceed the rating for a 7189. I've actually pushed them past their ratings a few times and run them like a 7189A and they held up just fine with no immediate bad effects. I don't recommend doing that for long as it is exceeding their rating, but they are definitely tough 7189's. I run a matched quad of these in a 1967 Sansui 500A stereo receiver with a class AB push-pull output that I converted from 7189A. My voltages are 378v on the plate, 320v on the screen, and -15v grid bias. They have run many hours and 4 years like that and work wonderfully. What really strikes me about these tubes is their clarity. The sound is pure, crisp, and clean, yet rich and smooth. There is not a hint of noise or microphonics. My friends always comment on how great my receiver sounds.The perfect tube for vintage hi-fi home stereo equipment where low distortion is paramount. I just hope they start producing these tubes again before the NOS runs out.
By Rick C. from South Texas
OH MY GOD!!!
Wow, just installed them in my Jackson Ampworks Britain 30, and man what a difference. The amp originally came with Tung-Sol's and sounded great, but these made it seem like another amp. Gave it an overall fullness, took away some of the harshness, lots more headroom. Well worth the few extra bucks and then some. You will not regret it.
By Kevin Haaland from Los Angeles
These sound great
I like the JJ EL84. Used them for years. That said..... The Preferred Series blow them away. Not even close. Smooth not gritty, deep rich blah blah blah. These rock
By BobW from Delaware,USA
Big improvement on my Decware SE84UFO
I swapped the Valve Art 274B rectifier with a NOS SED Winged-C 5U4G, swapped the 6N1P with a Russian 6N2P, swapped the SV83 tubes with thetubestore Preferred Series 7189 tubes - now the amp sounds 1000% better to me. I was a little disappointed with the DecWare SE84UFO sound out of the box, but now after tube rolling it sounds natural and detailed to me.
By Arild Lilleby from Norway
The best tubes i ever have heard !!!
I just changed the tubes in my Vox AC30 Heritage 2010 mod...I had JJ`s there....they where good...but these "7189" is outstanding...wow ..what a sound from my strat in the blue alnicos...you just got to hear it before you believe it !!! I will give them 6 stars !!! Thanks to thetubestore !!!
By Zoran from Milton, MA
I replaced 2 JJs in Blues Junior and got just what I was looking for. A little darker sound and smooth tone.JJs are pretty good tubes too, but I mostly play clean jazz and JJs had a more rough edges. Probably better for rock and maybe blues. I have Ibanez with PAF pickups and love my sound now. My Blues Jr is stock except I have a Cannabis Rex speaker.Although I only play clean, I cranked it up just to see what happens. WOW! So smooth, with lots of sustain and warm!Great tube...
By Jeff from Longview, WA USA
Rocks my Vox
Just got a quad today for my Vox AC30 and I couldn't be happier with the sound. Have a set in an old, green board Blues Jr I did most of the BillM mods to and they're great in it as well. It's hard to find musically superb EL84's that can also take the abuse of an AC30. The burn-in, then matching thetubestore does on these hard to find, premium military-grade Reflector 6P14P-EV 's is what sold me. Well worth the cost.
By Brad Mitchell from IL
7189 tubes with 274B
I changed from SV83's and 5U4G's to the Preferred Series 7189's and Preferred Series 274B's in my amp with great results. I was leary at first about the 274B since there isn't a data sheet and the only one I could find was the old western electric. I Emailed Jon and he assured me they would work fine, Well he was right. This combo has expanded my sound stage with great intensity at the edges and has the sound moving down my walls. The vectoring is beyond what I was expecting. Job well done Jon!
By Brendan P from Toronto
HIFI lovers dream
These are definitive tube for any EL84 driven stereo amplifier. More power, more headroom, and clean. These tubes also handle a high plate voltage (370V) with ease as long as the bias current isn't too high. These are the best tubes I heard yet in my modded Glow Audio Two amplifier. One normally thinks tube amps with EL84's are wimpy, but definitely not so with these gems. I once thought NOS tubes were a gimmick, but todays tubes really cannot compare to these beauties. They stand up to everything at full power from heavy metal to boomy EDM without a single bit of distortion. Highly recommended.
By Bruce Cutter from Upsate NY
This is THE 7189
I have owned and played trough tube amps for almost 50 years. I own hundreds if not thousands of tubes and my current amp, a very heavily modified EPI Valve JR, uses an EL84 power tube. I have used every EL84/6BQ5 tube that I have in stock and was never totally satisfied with the sound. Either the clean headroom was non-existent or the driven tone was bumpy or overly gritty. Today I received the PS-7189 from thetubestore. Removed the JJ EL84 I had been using (was ok) and socketed the 7189. WOW..what an incredible improvement! The clean headroom was there and the driven tone is smooth, strong, screaming. In this Single-Ended Class A Cathode Bias Design amp, with its hand wired board, Mercury transformer etc..it is the ultimate combination for me. I will have to order another before they are all gone. All this plus thetubestore's incredible service..can't beat it.
By TIM M from San Diego, CA
2012 FENDER BLUES JR (TWEED, CREAM BOARD W/ BILLM MODS)
Have not had the opportunity to listen to many other EL84s in action as this amp is still quite new (hence the 3.5 stars), but the stock Groove Tubes (Sovtech)" are considerably below-grade in tonal qualities to that of the "Preferred Series." Coupled with the addition of the 'billm Mods' and replacement 'MOD Reverb Tank', I enjoy these tubes. A/B'd the GTs after mods and the "Prefered Series" win hands-down.
By Modwiz from At the edge of the forest.
I put this into my Bugera V5 with the Preferred Series 7025 preamp tube. I have a new amp. I have always enjoyed the sound of this amp with a JJ ECC83-S and the stock whatever tube. I did not fool around and just re-tubed it with the Preferred Series tubes. I did not want to stop playing it. The inherent darkness has been eliminated and a much fuller tonal spectrum is available with the one tone control. For the sound I want, rich and chimey with delicious compression at low volumes to serious bark when the volume goes up, I love this tube. I see Tung-Sol now has an EL84 tube out. It is probably a great tube. This Preferred Series 7189 is superb. With sound like this the price is reasonable.
By SP from Canada
Works really well in Decware SE84ZS
Compared to the stock tubes (SV83) in my 2013 Decware SE84ZS, these provide much warmer sound, slightly slower but with greater amount of (or more noticeable) audible details. Wonderful tonality and "palpability".
By Seth from Arizona
Can't compare these fairly with new EL84s, but...
I have a neat bunch of 6973, EL84, and 7189/7189A powered amps. The Vox vintage stuff is out of my price range, but I do have some amps that are dead on Vox knock offs. I shan't mention the names or models here, but these tubes are a delightful blend between a softer Mulllard UK EL84 and the more brash and hard RCA 6BQ5. In my Epiphone model 100 4 watt the Mullard was hi fi clean. The RCA was a bit raunchy but very cool sounding. These are absolutely the best of both combined! They do not do well in the Magnatone Estey M series amps for very long. The B+ can be in excess of 450VDC so these do not last very long. They sound great though!
The Tube Store does a nice job of matching these and culling out the crappy tubes. I am using a curve tracer now, and can attest to this fact. Every parameter is measured and monitored at all times and 10 curves are plotted per tube test. I suppose the JJ EL84 is okay, but these Preffered Series are a true sonic gem.
The Epi is a 4 watt SE with an Amperex 12AX7, Mullard UK 6X4 and one of these tubes in the output. She has a Weber Signature Alnico 10". The tone is wonderful! Not as edgy as the RCA, or Sylvania 6BQ5, and not as soft as the Mullard UK NOS. JJs are too muddy. These are just right! Very bubbly, but not fizzy. If I opted for these over NOS Mullard, RCA, GE, Sylvania, etc. Think about it! That amp was definitely designed with RCAs in mind, but these took some edge off in a beautiful way.
By SI Picker from New York
If you're a fan of non-Fender, early '60s low-powered American amps (Ampeg, Gibson, Sano, et.al.), but can't quite capture "that sound" in the current crop of EL84 Brit-inspired designs, a set of these little Soviet-era tone bottles might just be the ticket. I'm currently running a #47 "Perfect Pair" (with a trio of matched-section Preferred Series 7025's in the preamp) in my Bugera V22 and, in tandem with the Eminence Swamp Thang speaker I installed at the same time, the tone is strongly reminiscent of the best original blue-check, New York studio "key club" Ampegs: big, bold, clean, and almost 6L6-like in terms of punch and headroom - it'll hang with my 6L6WXT+ Sovtek-equipped Super Reverb reissue with no problem whatsoever (keep in mind that this is a 22-watt, bargain-basement Chinese amp we're talking about here). Definitely not for the metal crowd - you don't really get into the characteristic EL84 power-tube drive until the controls are almost full-up (although they might make a great practice rig for a 7-stringer) - but if you're a country, jazz, rockabilly, surf, or R&B player into old-school tube tone, there's nothing else even close. Every bit as good as the reviews say they are, and highly recommended...