I knew NOS tubes had gone crazy, but...

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by Ricochet, Oct 21, 2019.

  1. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    A few years ago, there were (and still are a few) a few honest merchants who would label tubes as NOS or ANOS and would state the readings so you knew you were getting something with some life left in it. KCANOS is still one I recommend, but if you compare what he sells today with what he was selling 15 years ago, the inventory of NOS tubes has understandably decreased significantly.

    I don't recommend buying NOS today for the most part as the good ones are either very rare and expensive or you're not getting the good ones. Or both. NOS does not equate to "better tone" unless it's a known and tested "better tone". Knowing which NOS tubes will be great is more difficult than finding a good tasting wine.
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  2. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    I bought some NOS Russian military tubes, EL84 equivalents but s few have had a fair amount of back ground noise while the amp sits idle but when you start to play there is a little bit of magic the noise in unheard and the tunes are nice and full. I sure hope some one makes a EL84 new production with that clarity and sweetness.
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  3. stevo

    stevo Country Gent

    May 1, 2012
    Hard to find I feel. But also very dependent on the amp itself. And a few newer ones have come out that are worth checking out.
  4. Robbie

    Robbie Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2013
    Sarnia Ontario Canada
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