recommended sites to buy replacement tubes from?

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  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire self-appointed sso pickup tester

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    my f30 was acting funny with random volume drops, so I took a look at the tubes, and one of the el84s is shot.
    Got any recommended sites to buy tubes from?
     
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    diagrammatiks SS.org Regular

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    all pretty good. most tube are the same now. just an issue of warranty and cs if something goes wrong
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    I've always been happy with EuroTubes.
     
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    KnightBrolaire self-appointed sso pickup tester

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    thanks, picked up some jj el84s
     
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    Let us know how they work out. Eurotubes is on my go-to list....but the internet seems to think that all JJ"s are the Darkness on the Edge of Tone. Not sure what that's all about.
     
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    from what I've heard they're an improvement over the sovtek el84s I had in the f30 :shrug: I was pretty happy with the tones I got out of the sovteks, but the guys at eurotubes convinced me to try the jjs.
     
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    Eurotubes are where I bought mine and I couldn't be fucking happier.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    It's so hard to find real reviews of tubes on the internet. Most players either expect way too much out of them, a set of new tubes isn't going to turn your DSL into a Triple Rec or your 5150 into a JCM800, or they don't bias and burn in.

    Tubes are cheap, just get a bunch if you're not sure, and mess around with it. Worse case scenario you have some spares if you can't find someone to swap with.
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    I think that reputation comes moreso from the JJ 12ax7 preamp tubes; but then people just apply it to the power section. I love JJ poweramp tubes personally. The JJ E34L is my go-to for EL34 amps. Well, truth be told, I do like the Winged C EL34’s better; but for the price, JJ power tubes are outstanding.
     
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    I've always had good results from tubedepot.com :yesway: just make sure to also choose the options for burn-in on power tubes, low noise, and balanced triodes for your phase inverter
     
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    Are jj 12ax7s not good?

    Whoops...
     
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    DudeManBrother Hey...how did everybody get in my room?

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    It’s a matter of taste. I don’t enjoy the JJ long tube in any position I’ve tried. I use the standard ones in quite a few spots, but usually in the areas not associated with gain stages. They’re inexpensive and always a safe tube to have on the ready for emergency situations; but there’s easily a handful of other companies I go for in V1, PI, and gain stages
     
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    I also wanted to add a request for NOS tubes. Does anyone know any reputable yet fair priced dealers for these?
     
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    The price of NOS tubes is never fair. :lol:
     
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    Max is right, but I've had good luck working with Christian Whitmore (user "Bowie" on GearSlutz), owner of ProAudio Tubes, when looking for NOS tubesL https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-whitmore-06216437.
     
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