From our review of this tube: "There are only so many ways to describe tube tone and most have become cliches. The Tung Sol 12AX7 has the gain and drive of a Chinese 12AX7 and the pure tone of a Mullard or Brimar."
According to the manufacturer, this Tungsol 12AX7 is the Ultimate 12AX7. Big, warm, and musical. High Gain, ultra-low microphonics, and superb linearity with a dynamic 3-D sound.
One other note about the construction of these tubes is they have filaments that are almost completely encased in the plate structure. They don't "light up" brightly when working properly.
Note to audiophiles: These tubes are great for linestage preamps, but generally not phono stages where a very low noise floor is required.
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Warranty Information and Return PolicyWarranty Period: 3 months
All our tubes are guaranteed for 3 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 90 days 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 3 month, or are returned improperly.
These guidelines may be updated without notice.
Ratings & Reviews
Best for the Crunch Channel
by Furious Phil
I tried this tube in both the "OD" and "Crunch" valve positions, and found it fit best in the Crunch role on my Jet City HDM. It gives this harmonically rich Hendrix'y tone when the gain is at about 33% on the crunch channel... a tone I have sought for quite some time actually!Couldn't be happier with my choice, and these reviews were highly instrumental towards my choices!
The Missing Piece
by Jake D.
I was shopping around for the perfect V1 tube to shape the tone of my Soldano Hot Rod 100+ and found The Tube Store had these Tung-Sol 12AX7s in stock so I ordered one of them and some other tubes to complete the retube job. All I can say is that I will no longer have to shop around because this tube has created the very sound I had in my head. Absolutely perfect! This tube released the true beast inside this amp and I'll never use a different combination ever again! Thanks to The Tube Store I found the only store I'll ever need for amp tubes! The shipping was incredibly fast too!
Ok, but .... too many issues
It sounds good, but nothing magical about it. The problem is everyone I ever had either died in the cathode follower position, started humming or became microphonic. Save your money and buy the Preferred Series 7025. It's a much better sounding tube and seems to last.
Killer tone for all kind of metal
by Andre R.
Little noisy when pushed really hard but what a F***g killer tone WoW 😮
By the way: Awesome customers services at TS
Not good in Engl E530
by Andre R.
I’ve try these in my E530 preamp and they do really sound like crap
The clean chanel became harsh and awful and the overdrive chanel was even worse , couldn’t stand that crappy sound any longer so I replaced the TS by JJ ECC83’s gold pins and Wow 😮 Sooo much better ! Everything is perfect now.
I do not recommend this Tung-Sol for anyone using Engl preamps at all and stay away from them.
Thanks to thetubestore for the awesome customer service