Data Sheets for 12AX7 (original Mullard data) PDF File Click Here
For hifi & mic preamps, like Dynaco PAS, Altec 1567, etc we suggest JJ/Tesla (either kind) lowest noise & best tonal balance. We suggest the Electro-Harmonix or Philips tubes for more "vintage" tone in Fenders, and other US made guitar amps. JJ/Teslas seem to work best in Marshalls.
The new Electro Harmonix 12AX7EH is a good choice in Marshalls for those who want a more "vintage" sound or think the JJ/Teslas are too bright.
If you're looking for less gain & more headroom, try a Sovtek 5751 or ElectroHarmonix 12AY7.
12AX7 and 5751 (equiv. to ECC83, 12AX7, 7025) All of the 12AX7 types listed may be used to replace 7025 or 12AX7A.
Note that matched pairs of 12AX7 are not required for guitar amplifiers.
You can find curve plots for 12AX7 Chinese, Sovtek, and Tesla on our Tube
You can use 5751 to replace 12AX7 for less gain in many applications (guitar, mic & passive EQ phono preamps).
All of the tubes on this page will replace these numbers: 12AX7, 12AX7A, 7025, ECC83.
|12AX7-EH ElectroHarmonix Tube|
Forget about Telefunken. The 12AX7EH provides high gain with ultra low noise and detailed, musical tone that rivals the most desirable NOS types. Unique spiral filament eliminates filament to cathode induced hum common on amps that use AC on the filaments. The plates are slightly shorter than the 12AX7LPS.
Big, warm, and musical. High Gain, ultra-low microphonics, and superb linearity with a dynamic 3-D sound.
|12AX7/ECC83S Tesla/JJ Tube|
|5751 Sovtek (Russia) Tube|
5751 Sovtek (Russia) Tube. The Sovtek 5751 is the same as Sovtek 12AX7 LPS, but has about 30% less gain, for use where more "headroom" or less gain is desired.
|Tung-Sol 12AX7 Matched Pair - SPECIAL ORDER|
Big, warm, and musical. High Gain, ultra-low microphonics, and superb linearity with a dynamic 3-D sound. Price is for a Matched Pair. Special Order.
|12AX7 ECC803 Tesla JJ Tube|
These are a reissue of an earlier tube that used to be made by the Tesla company, this has a long ribbed plate rather than the short wide plate of the regular JJ ECC83.
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