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
I am amazed at the difference
by John T.
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.
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.
Preferred Series 7189
by Eugene Mazurek
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.
Love these preferred series 7189.
Bought this 7189 with three preferred series 12ax7 for my Laney Lionheart l5T-112. Had a JJ EL84 which had good tone but was microphones, the tried a Mullard reissue from amazon which was a dude rattled from the get go. This 7189 fixed my amp. Great tone, no rattles at all. Great distortion and cleans up really nice and creamy. The customer service was great and just can't say enough about these tubes. Best I've ever got. Didn't realize what a good set of tubes could do until now. Very pleased customer. I'll be coming back.
Best EL-84 yet
I have a new to me Morgan AC40 Custom Shop I run through a solid pine 2x12 Swart cab with 2 Celestion Gold 16 Ohm speakers. I wanted to get the Beatles & Taste/Rory Gallagher ac30 twang and drive. Generally only a tuner and a treble booster (Skullmaster or Gamut 3 knob) and other times straight in.
I started with JJs as everyone's first recommendation. Meh. Second was the Polish Telam tubes and those are really rich in harmonics and I would have been happy had I not tried this Preferred Series EL-84. This one presses all the right buttons with this set up and works equally well clean or dirty and humbuckers or single coils!
I should mention that this amp allows a 2 x 12ax7 or an EF86 and 12ax7. And this EL-84 works well with both. I don't have the box, but when I ordered I asked for something between Medium and Hard.