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I haven't bought tubes in years I'm probably due for some new production tubes. Anyone recommend a good dealer or two and what brands for your typical power and pre-amp tubes?

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I've bought from both TubesAneMore (Antique Electronic Supply) and The Tube Store.   Never had a problem with either.   Both have a decent selection.   I also got a bunch of preamp tubes from Mojotone when I was at the Spartanburg guitar show a few years ago.   

I've used Tungsol reisssues and TAD  for my latest 6L6 and 6V6s.   I had some JJ 6V6s but they got microphonic after a couple of years..   

 

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The last tubes I bought were from Guitar Center, Mullard EL34 Groove Tubes. But I'm not sure I'll do that again since I have a lot of Mesa amps now and I intend on sticking with MEsa tubes for those if I ever need any. My PRS Archon amp came with 6L6 Ruby tubes but I only replaced them because I was chasing unicorns. At the time I had never heard of them but as it turns out, I think they are probably pretty good. Sweetwater is probably a very safe bet for finding good tubes.

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Amplified Parts.  I just placed another order and found their price was better than the tube store for what I was getting.  Just bought a pair of Tung-sol 6v6 and an RCA 5y3.  There's a surprising number of places on line to buy tubes.

https://www.amplifiedparts.com/

 

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I get tubes through my amp guy.  He stocks JJ's, and he tests every tube before selling it.  He also has an extensive selection of vintage glass.  One of life's great pleasures (yeah, it's come down to this, in my sunset years) is to take an amp to Dale's and go "tube mining."  He brings out a bunch of vintage tubes, and I just plug and play, taking notes, until I figure out what I like.

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I get mine from Eurotubes.  They have a very nice and thorough website.  They are also nice guys that answer the phone when you call.

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52 minutes ago, yoslate said:

I get tubes through my amp guy.  He stocks JJ's, and he tests every tube before selling it.  He also has an extensive selection of vintage glass.  One of life's great pleasures (yeah, it's come down to this, in my sunset years) is to take an amp to Dale's and go "tube mining."  He brings out a bunch of vintage tubes, and I just plug and play, taking notes, until I figure out what I like.

Hey brother Rob, does your amp dude have one of these?

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I get tubes from the places mentioned above and direct from Mesa Boogie.    

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15 hours ago, Gitfiddler said:

Hey brother Rob, does your amp dude have one of these?

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Heh....  Not nearly that retro-cool, Tim!  I don't remember the details, but he bought a new version of a tube tester that he really likes.  I'll get some details next time I'm over there. One of the real benefits of having Dale in the "inner circle" is that, in addition to being a brilliant builder, he's a Scotch fan.  I regularly take things I'm working on over around closing time for a listening session, lubricated with single-malt.  Tough life....    

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On 11/25/2019 at 6:07 PM, yoslate said:

I get tubes through my amp guy.  He stocks JJ's, and he tests every tube before selling it.  He also has an extensive selection of vintage glass.  One of life's great pleasures (yeah, it's come down to this, in my sunset years) is to take an amp to Dale's and go "tube mining."  He brings out a bunch of vintage tubes, and I just plug and play, taking notes, until I figure out what I like.

Lucky to have that resource. You've always seemed to have cool places to play and hang out in your neck of the woods.

I may consider some NOS or used old stock at some point. If memory serves I've used Doug's in the past.

Thanks for the tips guys.

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Mates, these are VALVES not bloody TUBES !!

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It's been a while, have a decent collection of vintage old stock tubes from eBay, you will never find me using new production tubes in my amps, FWIW.  Old stuff is a night and day difference.  I know a couple great sellers on eBay.  Not planning on selling any of mine for a few more years.   Stocked up well for el34, 6l6 variant 6bg6ga, 6550, 6v6, 5751, 12at7, and especially 12ax7.

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On 11/27/2019 at 11:13 AM, ElNumero said:

Mates, these are VALVES not bloody TUBES !!

Well, I'm not from England so I have tubes in my amps and not valves. :P

 

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1 hour ago, HANGAR18 said:

Well, I'm not from England so I have tubes in my amps and not valves. :P

 

I have transistors. They don't wear out. This is almost 2020 you know. 

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The gear page has a list of "tube dealers" up, and it all depends on whether you want New production Tubes or Old production tubes.

There are a few guys who specialize in tested used pulls, and i've been very happy with old production tubes from them.

I've also got so many tubse now that I pretty much won't need any for years/decades/etc.

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I've purchased from the Tube Store in the past. For NOS vintage tubes I've purchase from Brent Jessee Recording & Supply.

 

 

 

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I pulled a bunch of  good tubes out of an old abandoned console stereo, on a country side road

I could hear banjo music in the distance, and somebody squealing like a pig.

so I got out of there pretty quick

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