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
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
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.
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.
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 Douglas Robertson
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!