Preferred Series 7189 (Premium EL84)
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.
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Warranty Information and Return PolicyWarranty Period: 6 months
All our Preferred Series tubes are guaranteed for 6 months from the date of purchase. (Any exceptions will be noted on that tube's Warranty tab)
If you receive a tube that does not perform to the manufacturer's specifications, please do the following:
- contact us to get a return authorization
- return it via regular mail within 6 months from when we shipped it, and we will provide an exchange or refund of the full purchase price of the tube.
Returns not related to warranty or defect will be considered at our discretion, and are subject to a 15% restocking fee.
We can not accept returns that don't have an authorization, are past 6 months, or are returned improperly.
These guidelines may be updated without notice.
Ratings & Reviews
The best tubes i ever have heard !!!
by Arild Lilleby
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 !!!
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.
These sound great
by Kevin Haaland
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
OH MY GOD!!!
by Rick C.
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.
The perfect vintage hi-fi tube!
by Matthew Edmonds
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.