Tung-Sol 7189 / EL84

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SKU: TS-7189

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In 1959 Tung-Sol developed a premium, up-rated version of the 6BQ5 / EL84 for use in industrial and military circuits. This tube was designated 7189. Due to its higher plate voltage rating and increased clean headroom, it became a favorite power tube for use in medium power stereo amplifiers and receivers made by H. H. Scott, Sherwood, Fisher, Lafayette, and many other hi-fi manufacturers. It was also used in high-end guitar amplifiers manufactured by Magnatone. Due to its increased ratings, it was considered as an upgrade for 6BQ5/EL84 amplifiers for increased performance and reliability, such as Vox.

From our review: "All the tone you expect from the EL84 is there in the 7189. Chime and sparkle at lower volumes but when you crank it up these things scream. I ran a set of these in a 22 watt cathode biased amp with a separate single 12” cab. These 7189 tubes can get tone ranging from The Edge to Keith Richards. The driven tone is great."

The original 7189 tube production ceased in the early 1980s and vintage 7189 tubes have become expensive and hard to find. In order to allow these fine vintage 7189 amplifiers and receivers to continue be used, Tung-Sol has reissued the 7189 tube.

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Warranty 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:

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Returns not related to warranty or defect will be considered at our discretion, and are subject to a 15% restocking fee.

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Ratings & Reviews

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Rugged Tube with Great Tone

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VOX owners will want this tube on their wish list. It’s rugged and can take the very high current that the VOX and similar cathode biased amp subject them to. The tube uses heavy glass and very heavy micas. A pair of cooling fins have been added to the support rods to assist with cooling.

All the tone you expect from the EL84 is there in the 7189. Chime and sparkle at lower volumes but when you crank it up these things scream. I ran a set of these in a 22 watt cathode biased amp with a separate single 12” cab. These 7189 tubes can get tone ranging from The Edge to Keith Richards. The driven tone is great.

Similar to the Preferred series 7189 but more grunt

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I have been a fan of the Preferred series 7189 tubes in all three of my amps. An AC15C1X, AC30C2X, and a AC4TV with a Celestion gold. The first amp I tried the Tung Sol with is the AC4TV. It's a step up in tone. It has that extra meanness when I push the amp hard. Trying next in the AC15 so I'll update.