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Jan 16, 2018. Alternative list - these are the tubes we like in each category other than our usual recommended 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 - ALT Recommended tubes. Alternative list - these are the tubes we like in each category other than our usual recommended list.

6922 E88CC E88CC_01 CV2492 CV2493 6DJ8 ECC88 7308 E188CC CV4108 CV4110 CV4109
Brand Spanking New, MINT NOS NIB 1961-62 Amperex USA 6922 E88CC Gold Pin Tubes with Lewis and Kaufman Los Gatos Label. Large Halo Getter. All tubes are from the Same Revision and Batch 7L6. Labels are fragile as expected from tubes of that era. Etched dat
Amperex 6922 E88CC USA - MINT NOS NIB 1961-62 Gold Pin Large Halo Getter - Lewis and Kaufman Label Los Gatos - Made in USA (M. Pairs/Quads/Singles)
Single Tube = $100.00. ITEM - 1226.

Brand New, Matched Pairs MINT NOS Rare Aug 1968 Industrial Grade E88CC 6922 with individual 4 digit serial number Etched in Glass. Made in Hungary. All tubes from the same date/batch code of 9G. Industrial grade tubes were subject to rigorous tests.
Tungsram E88CC 6922 - M. Pairs MINT NOS Aug 1968 Gray Industrial Serial Numbers Etched in Glass - Hungary
Matched Pair = $140.00. ITEM - 705.

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)
Single Tube = $40.00. ITEM. 1261
12AX7 ECC83 ECC803S E83CC 7025 CV4004 CV492 CV4035 M8137 M8214 6057 6681
Brand New MINT NOS Rare JULY 1978 Tungsram HONVEDSEG ECC83 Military Production tubes. See Military Acceptance stamp HONVEDSEG on the back (tube on the right shows back view). Made in Hungary. Military tubes were subject to rigorous test and burn in proces
Tungsram ECC83 12AX7 - Rare MINT NOS 1972 HONVEDSEG Military - Hungary (M. Pairs/Singles)
Single Tube = $60.00. ITEM 711-A

ECC82 12AU7 E82CC ECC802S 5814 6189 6680 CV491 CV4003 CV4034 CV4113 CV4122 F6067 B749 M8136 13D4 13D5 13D8 7316
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.

Matched Pairs, Brand New, MINT NOS NIB FEB-1980 Tungsram ECC82 12AU7 Tubes with same batch code. Made in Hungary. Tungsram ECC82 tubes are well liked by many Audiophiles.
Tungsram ECC82 12AU7 - M. Pairs FEB-1980 MINT NOS NIB Hungary - Same Date and Batch
Matched Pair = $60.00. ITEM 898
Brand New, MINT NOS Early 1960s Production RFT ECC82 12AU7 Tubes with Thin Dual Getter Support. Selected for Czech Military. Tesla Logo with Military Cross Shield Banner.

Funkwerk RFT ECC82 12AU7 - M. Pairs Early 1960s Czech Military Select MINT NOS Halo with Thin Dual Getter Support - Tesla Label with Cross Swords E. Germany
Matched Pair = $65.00. ITEM - 793.

12AT7 ECC81 E81CC ECC801S 6201 6060 CV455 CV4024 CV4033 13D9
Brand New. MINT NOS NIB La Radiotechnique 12AT7WA 1970 Professional Grade with dual getter support. Laboratoire central des industries électriques LCIE triangle mark on all tubes. Etched Suresnes Plant codes, Made in France. Very fine 12AT7 ECC81 tubes.
La Radiotechnique 12AT7WA ECC81 MINT NOS NIB 1970 Dual Getter Support Professional Grade LCIE Mark - Suresnes Plant France - M. Pairs/Quads/Singles
Single Tube = $40.00. ITEM - 1156.

Matched Pairs MINT NOS NIB TUNG-SOL 1960s 12AT7 Gray Plate Tubes with Halo Getter Westinghouse Label. Tubes are earlier production labeled and packed by Westinghouse a few years later. Very desirable and some of the best American made 12AT7 tubes.
Tung-Sol 12AT7 (ORIGINAL) - M. Pairs 1960s MINT NOS NIB Gray Plate Halo Getter Westinghouse Label
Matched Pair = $75.00. ITEM - 811.
EF86 6267 EF806S CV2901 CV4085 CV4086 M8195
Brand New MINT NOS NIB Rare JAN-64 Tungsram EF86. Made in Hungary. Non corrosive alloy pins. NOT relabeled RFT E. German tubes which are common. Tungsram made some of the finer tubes in Eastern Europe due to its exposure to subsidiaries in Gt. Britain and
Tungsram EF86 - MINT NOS NIB Rare JAN-1964 - Made in Hungary (NOT RFT)
Single Tube = $50.00. ITEM 1238
6BQ5 EL84 E84L 7189 7320
Matched Pairs, Brand New, MINT NOS Late 1960s Funkwerk RFT EL84 Tubes with Alpha 6BQ5 Label. East German Production. These welded plate tubes are more desirable than the later stapled plate RFT's.
Funkwerk RFT EL84 - M. Pairs MINT NOS Late 1960s Welded Plate Alpha Label - E. Germany
Matched Pair = $70.00. ITEM - 812.
6V6 VT-107
Brand Spanking NEW, MINT NOS NIB CBS-Hytron 1950s JAN CHY 6V6GTY Black Plate Square Getter Smoke Glass tubes with low loss Brown Micanol bases. Relabeled by UNITED in 1975. Made in USA. Some of the very best American made 6V6GT type tubes for both Guitar
CBS-HYTRON 6V6GTY 1950s JAN CHY Black Plate Smoke Glass Low Loss Brown Micanol Base UNITED LABEL - USA (M. Pairs/Quads/Singles)
Single Tube = $50.00. ITEM 1126-M

6X4 CV493 EZ90 U78 CV4005 CV4001 6063 6X4WA
Brand New MINT NOS 1961 Mullard CV493 Gray Plates Square Getter Military Grade 6X4 EZ90 tube. Dual Logo Mullard Old Shield and CV493. SAME DATE CODE ON ALL TUBES YY1 B1J from Blackburn Production. Made in Gt Britain. Tubes come from the bulk box as shown.
MULLARD CV493 EZ90 6X4 MINT NOS 1961 Square Getter Dual Logo Mullard Old Shield and CV493 - Blackburn Production - Made in Gt Britain
Single Tube = $60.00. ITEM - 1212.

Brand New MINT NOS NIB Thomson-CSF 6X4WS 3-Mica Welded Plates Military Ruggedized 6X4 EZ90 tubes. ST EGREVE Grenoble Alpes Plant Date Codes. Made in France. Very special 6X4 EZ90 tube.
Thomson-CSF 6X4WS 3-Mica Welded Plates Military Ruggedized - ST EGREVE Grenoble Alpes France
List Price: $35.00. Sale Price: $25.00. ITEM - 1059.
Brand New MINT NOS Toshiba 6X4 EZ90 tubes. Made in Japan.
Toshiba 6X4 EZ90 - Made in Japan
Single Tube = $18.00. ITEM - 1166.

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.
(NOT MADE IN CHINA)

This Plug & Play, OCTAL-NOVIB Socket Saver© with 1960s NOS GE USA Bottom Plug Part and NOS CINCH USA Top Socket Part and Vibration Reduction Base is a perfect solution.

IS
NOVIB-OCTAL-GE-CINCH AN UPGRADE OR BETTER than the NOVIB-OCTAL GE-OMRON JAPAN version? - NO both are similar in quality. Just another flavor with Cinch USA top Versus OMRON Japan.

LIMITED EDITION - Since we could find only limited number of brand new NOS socket and plug components, this is a limited edition run of about 500 pcs. No more after this.

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 CINCH USA Top Socket Part and Vibration Reduction Base is a perfect solution.

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.