Sovtek 12AX7WA Preamp Vacuum Tube
The Sovtek 12AX7WA is the most widely used 12AX7 in the world today. Currently the staple preamp tube for Fender - Hartke - SLM - Carvin - Trace Elliot - Orange among others. When budget is an issue - this tube is the choice.
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This Sovtek is a sleeper that flies under the radar. I had a vintage Mullard made in Britain that got a little noisy popped this guy in and was amazed at the tone. I like it more than the Tung Sol, EH and GT's I had in the same amp.
reviewed by: tony f
I was pleasantly surprised by this tube. Based upon some of the reviews and descriptions found elsewhere on the internet, I wasn't expecting this to sound as rich as it does. My ears work better than my eyes! I am currently pairing this tube with a Mullard re-issue CV4004 (my amp's V1 and V2 share normal traditional V1 responsibilities). The resultant tone I would describe as warm, smokey, marshall-esque, and vaguely British. These sound better to my ears than new production Tung-Sols do.
reviewed by: Mike