Recommended Current Production Tubes by Type.

While NOS tubes offer some fantastic tonal qualities they also command prices that the average Dino would have to think twice about before forking out the cash necessary to purchase these long out of production tubes. Many current production tubes are truly of a high quality and can be had for far less a purchase price than NOS tubes. Below is a list of current production tubes that offer outstanding tonal and build quality. These are excellent examples for your consideration. If you find a problem with spending hundreds of dollars for a set of NOS tubes but still want high quality tone I highly recommend your consideration of current production models that deliver on tone and build quality without sending you to the bank for a Tube Loan. Also note that current production of certain tube types, (the 5881, 6V6, 6550, 12AT7, 12AY7), don't really stand up to NOS tubes of these types so are not included in the recommendations. For excellent examples of these types NOS is still a much better way to go.

Power Tubes

EL34.

Winged "C" (SED) EL34 *

Svetlana EL34 *

Electro-Harmonix EL34

6L6GC.

Tube Amp Doctors, (TAD) 6L6GC-STR..*

Svetlana 6L6GC.

Winged "C" (SED) 6L6GC.

EL84.

JJ EL84 *

TAD EL84-STR

Electro-Harmonix EL84

KT66.

JJ KT66

Gold Lion KT66 reissue. (Russian. New Sensor Corp. EH). *

KT77.

JJ KT77 *

Gold Lion KT77 reissue. (Russian. New Sensor Corp. EH).

KT88.

Winged "C" (SED) KT88

Gold Lion KT88 reissue. (Russian. New Sensor Corp. EH).

 

PreAmp Tubes.

12AX7.

JJ ECC83-S / 12AX7 *

Tung-Sol 12AX7 / ECC803-S Gold. (Russian. New Sensor Corp. EH).

 

* Personal Favorites