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May 16, 2017 - Recommended Tubes List.
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Before you start rolling, recommend using socket savers (end of the page) to save your expensive gear. Loose sockets can also cause noise and static issues.
SLIM BASE Tubes will fit regular sockets as well as sockets with collars and cans.

Updated Favorites List.
Brand New MINT NOS Mullard 6080 6AS7 Mid to Late 1960s Black Plates with Old Shield Logo. Mitcham Plant Mid-late 1960s Date Codes - Made in Gt. Britain. Packed in generic white boxes from bulk. 6AS7 6080 5998 CV2894 6080WA for WOO AUDIO Atma-Sphere DIY


Top favorites in 6DJ8/ECC88/E88CC/E188CC/6922/7308 type:
Brand New MINT NOS 1967 Mullard CV4109 Military tubes. CV4109 Flying Lead is Premium Grade, High Reliability Long Life version of E188CC CV4108 7308 valves. SJ0 R7xx 1960s Mitcham Plant Date Codes. Made in Gt. Britain.

Mullard CV4109 - MINT NOS 1967 Premium Grade Long Life E188CC CV4108 7308 Halo Getter Mullard Mitcham Production - Gt. Britain (Plug and Play Ready to Use) - Singles/M. Pairs/M. Quads - SLIM BASE FOR COLLARS - Superior to the later production CV4108/7308 tubes with dimple disk getter, this early Mullard E188CC variant with halo getter and splatter shield has sonic balance of Philips Holland E188CC with typical rich Mullard midrange.
Single Tube = $163.00. ITEM 2000M-SL.


Brand New, MINT NOS NIB Matched Pairs 1974 Siemens E88CC 6922 A-Frame Gold Pin Same Metal Stamp Date Code A6 4E. All tubes from the same tube 100 piece tube box. Munich Production. Made in Germany. Other than the 1960s Siemens, these are some of the very

Siemens E88CC 6922 - MINT NOS NIB 1974 A-Frame Gold Pin with Metal Stamp Date Code A6 4E - Munich Prod - Made in Germany (Matched Pairs/Singles)
Single Tube = $150.00
Superior to late 1970s-1980s production Siemens CCa - for darker musical sound. Not all CCa tubes are created equal. Normal Siemens E88CC from 1950s-1970s are actually superior to CCa label 1980s tubes. CCa was a Bundespost (German Post Office) spec and designation. It is simply a 6922 tube that qualifies that spec. - Siemens E88CC 6922 - M. Pairs MINT NOS 1974 A-Frame Gold Pin with Metal Stamp Date Code A6 4x - Munich Production - ITEM 1197.
Budget favorites in 6DJ8/ECC88/E88CC/E188CC/6922/7308 and 7DJ8/PCC88 type:
Like New, Late 1960s Brimar AKA Ediswan ECC88 6DJ8 tubes with Thorn-AEI (Brimar), Rochester Plant Date Etched Date Codes. BVA Logo. Made in England. Awesome British ECC88 tube. Tested and closely matched on Top of the Line Calibrated Hickok 580 Lab Grad

Brimar Ediswan ECC88 6DJ8 - Like NEW Late 1960s BVA Thorn-AEI Rochester Production - Made In ENGLAND (Singles/M. Pairs/Quads) BEWARE: MOST Brimar ECC88 CV5358 tubes on Ebay are NOT Brimar/Thorn-AEI English - majority of these are Relabeled Tesla or Matshushita or even worse cheap Russian tubes. Original English made Brimars in brand new condition are hard to find.
Single Tube = $40.00. ITEM - 1261.
Brand New in Box, Matsushita Japan ECC88 6DJ8 tubes WITH BRIMAR CV5358 LABEL. Made with Mullard Tooling by Matsushita in Japan, these ECC88/6DJ8 tubes are far better than current production ECC88/6DJ8 and a lot of Mid Tier NOS tubes.

Matsushita ECC88 Japan - MINT NOS NIB Mullard Tooling BRIMAR CV5358 LABEL - (Matched Pairs/Quads/Singles) - BEST BUY
Single Tube = $30.00. ITEM 1235.

Top favorites in 12AX7/ECC83 type: For Clean, Neutral and Musical Sound, any early 1960s Brimar CV4035 STC Production.
Brand New, MINT NOS, Rare FEB-1962 Production Tungsram ECC83 12AX7 Welded Plate Tubes with non-corrosive alloy pins. Tungsram made some of the finer tubes in Eastern Europe due to its exposure to subsidiaries in Gt. Britain and Austria.
Tungsram ECC83 12AX7 - MINT NOS Rare May 1961-62 Welded Plate Tubes - Hungary (M.Pairs/Singles)These one of a kind early 1960s Tungsram tubes with welded plates are obscure and the best example of Tungsram tubes. Typical physical differences between the 1950s- early 1960s Tungsrams v/s 1970s production:
  • Etched ECC83 towards the top of the glass bottle in 1950s-1960s Tubes
  • Some 1960s tubes have Caramel as well as Silver colored flashing.
  • Non-corrosive Alloy Pins v/s Regular Pins
  • Welded Plates v/s Crimped Plates
Single Tube = $85.00 - ITEM 1311
Brand New MINT NOS NIB Rare 1960 BRIMAR CV4035 Box Plate Military tubes. CV4035 Flying Lead is Premium Grade, High Reliability Long Life version of ECC83/CV492/CV4004/6057/12AX7 valves. Etched STC Rochester Plant Date Codes. Made in England. SLIM BASE.
BRIMAR CV4035 - MINT NOS NIB 1960 Military Box Plate Prem. Grade Long Life ECC83/CV492/CV4004/6057/12AX7 Halo Getter STC Prod. ENGLAND(Plug&Play Ready to Use) - M. Pairs/Quads/Singles - SLIM BASE for collars
Single Tube = 100.00. ITEM 2001M-SL



Brand New MINT NOS NIB Rare 1960 BRIMAR CV4035 Box Plate Military tubes. CV4035 Flying Lead is Premium Grade, High Reliability Long Life version of ECC83/CV492/CV4004/6057/12AX7 valves. Etched STC Rochester Plant Date Codes. Made in England. - SLIM BASE
BRIMAR CV4035 - MINT NOS NIB 1960 Military Box Plate Prem. Grade Long Life ECC83/CV492/CV4004/6057/12AX7 Halo Getter STC Prod. ENGLAND(Plug&Play Ready to Use) - M. Pairs/Quads/Singles - SLIM BASE for Collars

Single Tube = 100.00. ITEM 2001M1-SL



Top favorites in 12AU7/ECC82 type:
Brand New MINT NOS NIB Rare 1970 BRIMAR CV4034 Long Plate Military tubes. CV4034 Flying Lead is Premium Grade, High Reliability Long Life version of ECC82/CV4003/12AU7/13D5 valves. Etched STC Rochester Plant Date Codes. Made in England.
BRIMAR CV4034 - MINT NOS NIB 1970 Military Long Plate Prem. Grade Long Life ECC82/CV4003/12AU7/13D5 Halo Getter STC Prod. ENGLAND(Plug&Play Ready to Use) - M. Pairs/Quads/Singles
Single Tube = $60.00

ITEM - 2020M
Brand Spanking New, MINT NOS NIB 1973 Amperex/Philips ECC82 Dimple Disc Getter Tubes with Philips Label. Pairs have *Heerlen Holland Production Date Code GfA 43J4 (first letter 4xxxx, 4=delta or left triangle for Heerlen Plant). Boxes and labels are a bit
Amperex Philips ECC82 12AU7 - MINT NOS NIB 1972 Heerlen Holland Dimple Disc Getter - Same Date/Batch - (Singles/M. Pairs/M Quads) - for that classic Philips/Amperex sound.
Single Tube = $60.00. ITEM 1217
Brand New. MINT NOS NIB La Radiotechnique 12AU7 ECC82 1959 Long Plate Halo Getter tubes. Military Grade with SCMT stamp on each tube. Same Date/Batch 48 9. Etched Suresnes Plant codes, Made in France.
La Radiotechnique 12AU7 ECC82 MINT NOS NIB 1959 Long Plate Halo Getter MILITARY Grade SCMT Mark Same Date Batch 48 9 - Suresnes Plant France - M. Pairs/Quads/Singles - sonically closer to 1950s Mullard/Amperex.
Single Tube = $60.00. ITEM 1213.

Brand new, MINT NOS NIB NOV-DEC 1975 Original TESLA Military Production ECC802S - Replica of the famous Telefunken ECC802S tall plate with flanges. Non-corrosive alloy pins. Made by Rožnov n.p. závod Vrchlabí. Produced in former Czechoslovakia (now Czech
Tesla (NOT JJ) - MINT NOS NIB NOV-DEC 1975 Military Long PL. ECC802S prem. 12AU7 Rožnov n.p. Závod Vrchlabí - Czechoslovakia (M. Pairs/Singles) - Cold War Treasure
Single Tube = $50.00. ITEM 1199. Very Musical and laid back.


Budget favorites in 12AU7/ECC82 type:
Brand New, MINT NOS BRIMAR ECC82 12AU7 1970s HALO-DISC Getter tubes with short plates. MAZDA LABEL Thortn-AEI production. Made in ENGLAND. Copper Grid Posts. Highly desirable Brimar 12AU7 type.

Brimar ECC82 MINT NOS 1970s HALO-DISC Getter Short Plate Mazda LABEL - Thorn-AEI - England - (Singles/M. Pairs)
Single Tube = $40.00. ITEM 1236.

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Save your expensive amps/gear from sonic and electrical problems. Use Novib Octal or Novib Noval adapters and save yourself costly visit to the repairman later. Sockets in your expensive gear can become loose with repeated insertions and expensive to replace. Loose sockets can be a source of variety of sonic and electrical problems.

This Plug & Play, OCTAL-NOVIB Socket Saver© with 1960s NOS GE USA Bottom Plug Part and NOS OMRON JAPAN Top Socket Part and Vibration Reduction Base is a perfect solution.Since we could find only limited number of brand new NOS socket and plug components, this is a limited edition run of about 550 pcs. No more after this.

Anti-vibration Base* includes silicone to reduce microphonics. Top plug and bottom socket parts are Brand New NOS for snug fit, unlike cheap Chinese bases with thinner pins and flimsy sockets.Engineered in-house and precision manufactured for us with high quality materials overseas.

*all damping methods based on increased mass have limitations. It may or may not be very effective in your application.

Compatibility List:
Universal OCTAL socket saver for all tubes with OCTAL bases like EL34, 6550, KT88, GZ34, 6SN7/6SL7, 6V6, 6L6, 5881, GZ32, 5Y3, 5V4 ETC. ETC.


This Plug & Play, 9-pin B9A NOVAL NOVIB Socket Saver© with 1960s British McMurdo Phenolic Socket and Vibration Reduction Base is a perfect solution.

Top part is Brand New 1960s British Made McMurdo Phenolic socket. Anti-vibration Base* includes silicone to reduce microphonics. Tube pins are exact size of a typical NOS Philips tube for snug fit, unlike cheap Chinese bases with thinner pins that wobble in the sockets. Engineered in-house and precision manufactured for us with high quality materials overseas.

Permanent 10% Discount Club - Many of our repeat customers are already getting this discount. Once your cumulative purchases cross $2500, your account is upgraded for permanent 10% discount for all future purchases. If you want to find out your current cumulative balance, feel free to email us.