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
Warmth and Emotion
by Michael A.
This is my choice in 12AX7 tubes for the pre’ section drivers of my twin stereo power amps… I’ve tried a few including the Tung-Sol Gold (see my review of the Golds) but these tubes continue to delight me. They have very nice extended and articulate bass (maybe too much for some listeners) with beautiful lower midrange and an upper midrange and treble that I find very good. The soundstage is nice and open with height, width and depth. In my system these tubes present a warmth and an emotion that completely engage me and that I can listen to tirelessly. I highly recommend them.
NOT SUITABLE WITH ALL AMPS
Having Sovtek 12ax7WA, 12AX7WXT, 12AX7LPS, and Chinese Golden Dragon (Shuguang) to test this tube have the more hard and metallic sound. Probably not suit with my hifi amp (audio innovation s-500)
by Bruce -
Retubed my Hiwatt DR504. Had the EH glass an amp tech installed when I had it recapped about ten years ago. One of them was acting up so I replaced all four along with both EL34’s. I was stunned. Beautiful sound. Never stepped on a pedal. Just played that old Britt amp clean. Very nice tubes
Bluesbreaker RI use
I just retubed my mid-90's Marshall Bluesbreaker RI and replaced the EH 12AX7's that I previously used with these new Tung-Sols. Great sounding tubes. Smooth but with the right amount of bite when the amp is cranked. I liked the EH's but the Tung-Sols are an improvement. I think they may be as good as the NOS JAN's I had in the amp years ago - but that was long enough ago that my memory can't be completely trusted.