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  • The Sovtek 12AX7WC is a pretty neat tube.

    I tried some in my Mark III the other day and 2 out of the 3 I put in there are still in there. They sound great in the first three spots V1-V3. They are really crunchy, but reasonably warm and articulate. They didn't have quite as much low end as most other preamp tubes I tried, though. I still prefer the Penta C9 12AX7 for V3 (lead channel) spot. Cleans sound really nice, not too bassy and a little shimmer on top. Can't beat them for the price, I'd say.
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    I have Sovtek 12AX7WCs in my Mesa Mark III as well! They have a really nice tone, both clean and lead.
    9,2,3 and TS9 of teh boosted midz club

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    • #3
      I have Sovtek 12AX7WCs in my Mesa Mark III as well! They have a really nice tone, both clean and lead.


      I think they work awesome as I was trying to get more crunch out of the MKIII. It's a pretty dark amp and the WCs helped add some of that crunchiness to it. Plus, they seem to be pretty resistant to squealing and feedback.
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      • #4
        dont' tell jaytee123.

        he'll blow a gasket
        HOURS








        Originally Posted by thegumbootman


        I managed to not say the word "****************" until I was 18

        In primary school when my friends discovered swearing, I thought "I've never said the f-word before. I'm never going to say it". I wanted to say it when I got older (mostly because my friends would nag me about saying it), but I just didn't want to end the streak of not-saying it

        I ended up accidentally saying it to my girlfriend at the time. I said "Someone told me that Ben got with a really fat girl and he titty-****************ed her"

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        • #5
          I've got one in V1 of my Quickrod, with 9th gens in 2 and 3. I like it.

          Edit: oops, nevermind, I've got the WB.
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          • #6
            dont' tell JayT123.

            he'll blow a gasket


            Heh. Why? Is he a non-believer?
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            • #7
              Heh. Why? Is he a non-believer?


              he hates teh sovteks
              HOURS








              Originally Posted by thegumbootman


              I managed to not say the word "****************" until I was 18

              In primary school when my friends discovered swearing, I thought "I've never said the f-word before. I'm never going to say it". I wanted to say it when I got older (mostly because my friends would nag me about saying it), but I just didn't want to end the streak of not-saying it

              I ended up accidentally saying it to my girlfriend at the time. I said "Someone told me that Ben got with a really fat girl and he titty-****************ed her"

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              • #8
                Not a fan of their power tubes but their preamp tubes are aaight.
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                VERY GOOD, VERY GOOD!

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                • #9
                  he hates teh sovteks


                  Well, that leaves more for everyone else.
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                  • #10
                    I've bought a few because of the description James P. gave of them. I don't like them. Too little bass and sparkle and the gain is lacking to my ears. I like the wb version much better and that's not really my favourite tube to begin with.

                    Giga.

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                    • #11
                      I've bought a few because of the description James P. gave of them. I don't like them. Too little bass and sparkle and the gain is lacking to my ears. I like the wb version much better and that's not really my favourite tube to begin with.

                      Giga.


                      Not enough gain compared to the WB? Not as much bass or sparkle? I think you got some duds. They're not "bassy" or "super high gain" or anything, but I don't see how that comparison applies if the tubes are working properly.
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                      • #12
                        I've got one in V1 of my Quickrod, with 9th gens in 2 and 3. I like it.

                        Edit: oops, nevermind, I've got the WB.


                        Try one of the WCs. They have more gain and sound quite a bit richer compared to the WB I tried. I wish I had gotten the chance to try some of these in my QR. I bet I really would have liked them. The C9s were great in there, too.
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                        • #13
                          Not enough gain compared to the WB? Not as much bass or sparkle? I think you got some duds. They're not "bassy" or "super high gain" or anything, but I don't see how that comparison applies if the tubes are working properly.



                          I think they have some of the best 'average' qualities in a preamp tube, just like the Chinese tubes. Not too much of one characteristic or the other.
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                          • #14
                            Not enough gain compared to the WB? Not as much bass or sparkle? I think you got some duds. They're not "bassy" or "super high gain" or anything, but I don't see how that comparison applies if the tubes are working properly.


                            Hmm, that's strange then; I've got 2, one is supposedly tested for V1 applications (noise and gain) and the other isn't. They both sound the same although the "V1" tube is indeed a little quieter noisewise.

                            Giga.

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                            • #15
                              That's one of the two sovtek 12AX7s I've never tried (other being the 12AX7LP), because of the lack of information from the places I buy from.

                              I might buy some for my mark II

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