Vacuum Tubes

The first electronic amplification of sound was done with Vacuum Tubes. We have pre-amp, power and rectifier vacuum tubes among other types in New Old Stock from the golden era of American & European manufacturing as well as current production tubes from today.

Apex Matched

Custom-designed and custom-built by industry experts with ideal tube matching in mind. Apex tubes are matched more closely and more accurately than you'll find anywhere else. Visit for more information

Yellow Jackets

Yellow Jackets allows amplifiers using common power tubes to use EL84s without modification or rebiasing.

Tube Amp Doctor (TAD)

TAD is a German company established in 1993 which selects and matches electronic tubes and manufactures musical instrument accessories.

Groove Tubes

T-5881-SOVT Vacuum Tube - 5881 / 6L6WGC, Sovtek
The 5881 is a very reliable tube that is widely used in many current production tube amplifiers. It has a warm tone with good 'bite.' This modern version is able to tolerate higher voltages than its 5881 / 6L6 cousins. The Sovtek 5881 delivers a warm, round tone that "sweetens" any vintage or modern guitar amp design. Built to rigid military standards, the 5881 will tolerate higher voltages than any other 6L6. In fact, they're frequently used as replacements for the old 7027 model in vintage Ampegs. Extremely consistent from piece to piece.
Starting at $18.95
T-EL34B-TUNG Vacuum Tube - EL34B, Tung-Sol Reissue
Premium high-voltage power pentode, featuring improved materials and workmanship over the original EL34B. Higher impedance design with increased touch responsiveness.
  • Unique clipping characteristic with a hint of 6L6 sound
  • Velvety-smooth in HiFi applications, full & rich-sounding in guitar amps
  • 6CA7 equivalent
Starting at $24.70
T-5AR4-STR-TAD Vacuum Tube - 5AR4 STR, Tube Amp Doctor
Tube Amp Doctor 5AR4 Rectifier, Premium Selected. A faithful reproduction of the Mullard/VALVO GZ34. Pure power and the typical sag is the distinguishing characteristic of the most popular guitar amps of the 1960s guitar heroes till today.
T-5881-JJ Vacuum Tube - 5881, JJ Electronics
The JJ Electronic 5881 is very similar to the 6L6GC but with a plate dissipation of 23W rather than 30W. Another physical difference is the shorter bulb. These tubes have a soft and balanced response that sounds great in both guitar amps and hifi equipment. The JJ 5881 will work in any amp that uses 6L6 tubes.
Starting at $18.95
T-EL84-EH Vacuum Tube - EL84, Electro-Harmonix
Tube measurements are as follows:
  • Height: 2.75” (without pins)*
  • Diameter: 0.87” *

*Note: Due to the method of production in regards to the glass, measurements may vary slightly.
Starting at $11.70
T-5881-TUNG Vacuum Tube - 5881, Tung-Sol Reissue
Russian made reissue of the original Tungsol.
The 5881 is the electrical equivalent to types 6L6 and 6L6G except that the plate and screen dissipation ratings have been increased approximately 20 percent. It embodies a complete mechanical redesign which results in greater resistance to shock and vibration.
Starting at $20.95
T-KT77-JJ Vacuum Tube - KT77, JJ Electronics
A reproduction of the original tubes that captures the sound that made the KT77 famous. In their typical fashion, JJ has built this tube in a solid construction that is robust and highly reliable. This tube has more headroom than a typical EL34. This is an excellent tube for adding more power to the sound of an EL34 amp.
Starting at $19.95
T-6L6-EH Vacuum Tube - 6L6, Electro-Harmonix
Superior power Beam tetrode with large plate dimensions and improved grid structure for increased power handling capabilities. Excellent tone and performance compared to most other 6L6 or KT66 types.
Starting at $21.75
T-7025WA-TAD Vacuum Tube - 7025-WA, Tube Amp Doctor, High-Grade, Premium Selected
The TAD 7025 WA delivers full gain with smooth top end. No microphonic issues even with the most sensitive preamps. The 7025 WA supports a fat midrange and creates a bold tone with lots of overtones. Played clean the TAD 7025 WA delivers a warm liquid tone which is very responsive to dynamic playing. Overdriven the 7025 WA provides lots of sustain with well defined mid-range punch.
T-6CA7-JJ Vacuum Tube - 6CA7, JJ Electronics
A true to form reproduction of a classic tube that will work in most EL34 amps. The 6CA7 is often considered the American cousin to the British EL34. Sonically, this tube is closer to a 6L6 than an EL34 but without the sometimes harsh high end of the 6L6.
Starting at $16.45
T-6550WE-SOVT Vacuum Tube - 6550WE, Sovtek
The Sovtek 6550WE was designed to be the finest 6550 ever produced. Thicker plates, improved heat dissipation, higher transconductance, and increased linearity are just some of the inherent aspects of the new Sovtek super 6550s. The resulting performance advantages include 5% higher output power, increased reliability, greater headroom, and superior tone. The 6550WE features a metal-ringed base for increased power-handling capabilities.
Starting at $37.95
T-5Y3GT-TAD Vacuum Tube - 5Y3GT, Tube Amp Doctor, Premium Selected, Rectifier
The Tube Amp Doctor 5Y3GT / 6087 is a small bottle rectifier designed to perform closely to the original rectifier tubes used in many 1950s tweed amplifiers. This rectifier offers high reliability due to its rugged construction and the Tube Amp Doctor Premium Selection process. The TAD 5Y3GT is a great tube for vintage style sag compression.
T-EL34II-JJ Vacuum Tube - EL34 II, JJ Electronics, Pentode
A different construction of the classic EL34 tube that offers a different tonal palette than the original. This tube has a more compact plate structure than standard EL34’s. The JJ EL34 II has an increased low to low-mid end with plenty of headroom to spare. The JJ EL34 II is stronger than the original but not harsh sounding in any way.
Starting at $16.00
T-7025-HG-TAD Vacuum Tube - 7025, Tube Amp Doctor, High Grade
Warm, clean tone with creamy overdrive! PREMIUM selected quality for the most demanding amp stages. This tube works greatly for warm clean tones and creamy overdrive. We recommend this tube for the 1st gain stage and as input tube. It upgrades 12AX7A and ECC83 tubes and replaces E83CC tubes. The HIGHGRADE Selection is the tip-of-the-top quality at the lowest noise (microphony, hum, hiss) level. Typically only 0.5-2% out of the whole production of this tube meet the HIGHGRADE requirements.
T-6L6WXT+SOVT Vacuum Tube - 6L6WXT+, Sovtek
Higher in gain than the 5881WXT, with full base.
Sovtek is proud to announce the release of their new 6L6WXT+ vacuum tube. Modelled after the vintage RCA 6L6GC "blackplate," the Sovtek 6L6WXT+ features larger plate dimensions and improved grid structure for increased power handling capabilities. The 6L6WXT+ also features mica spacers with metal springs to eliminate tube rattle and microphonics. The Sovtek 6L6WXT+ yields a 20% higher output than the Sovtek 5881WXT and offers superior tone and overall performance to any 6L6 or KT66.
Starting at $22.50
T-12AT7-TAD Vacuum Tube - 12AT7 / ECC81-C, Tube Amp Doctor, Premium Selected
Rich-sounding Reverb Driver - Also Great for Headphone Amps! Low noise tube, selected for best symmetry and balance. A strong driver tube and a wounderfully rich-sounding reverb driver.
T-12BH7A-TAD Vacuum Tube - 12BH7A-STR, Tube Amp Doctor, Premium Selected
Maximum of Reliability - Outstanding Tonal Quality! The all-new TAD 12BH7A-STR combines the best sonic and mechanical performance of the NOS RCA black plate with advantages of the GE version.
T-EL844-JJ Vacuum Tube - EL844, JJ Electronics
The JJ Electronic EL844 is a variation on the classic tube which reduces the overall headroom by 25%. With the reduced power, hitting that rich distortion that the EL84 is notorious for is more manageable. This tube will hit full saturated power tube sounds without having to crank the amps volume as high which makes them a great choice for recording as well as home / bedroom use.
Starting at $12.50
T-7027A-JJ Vacuum Tube - 7027A, JJ Electronics
The JJ Electronic 7027A offers the same reliability and tone as the JJ 6L6GC but with the correct pinout for vintage amplifiers that use 7027 tubes like older Ampegs. At 30W, this tube delivers plenty of headroom. The highs are clear and responsive with warm mids and tight solid lows. Known for their reliability and articulation, the JJ 7027A is a great option guitar amplifiers and Hi-Fi stereo equipment.
Starting at $21.95
P-YJR Solid State Rectifier - Yellow Jackets® YJR, For 5AR4, 5U4, 5Y3
The YJR is a direct plug-in replacement adapter for use in most amplifiers that use 5AR4/GZ34, 5U4, 5Y3 or similar full-wave rectifier tubes. The YJR converts your amp's vacuum tube rectifier to a solid state rectifier, reducing tube sag for a tighter sound and feel. The tube rectifier can easily be swapped back in when sag is desired. This Yellow Jacket® is a solid state device and as such does not come with vacuum tubes.
  • Converts most audio amplifiers which use a vacuum tube rectifier 5AR4/GZ34, 5U4 or 5Y3 to a solid state device.
  • Safe for all common amplifiers and transformers.

All Yellow Jackets® have a one year warranty against manufacturer defects.
T-6V6GT-CHINA Vacuum Tube - 6V6GT, Chinese
Chinese 6V6GT Available in Singles, Matched Pairs or Matched Quads - please select from list.
Starting at $13.02
T-KT66-TAD-X Vacuum Tube - KT66, Tube Amp Doctor, Premium Selected
The Tube Amp Doctor KT-66 is an incredible remake of the classic British tube. With its large glass envelope contoured by smooth curves tapering into a rounded brown base, the TAD KT-66 not only looks like the original, it performs like the original. This KT66 offers plenty of headroom for a thick full bodied sound with smooth yet articulate highs. The KT-66 is famously used in vintage British plexi amps and makes a great replacement for that style of amplifier and many others. The TAD KT66 is matched for both plate current and transconductance and passes all of the tests of the TAD Premium Selection process. The TAD KT-66 can be used in any KT-66 position as well as 6L6GC and 5881 amps that can supply the required 1.27A for the heater.
Starting at $31.95
T-5751-PS-TAD Vacuum Tube - 5751, Tube Amp Doctor, Premium Selected
Low-noise Tube for Best Clean Tone! The TAD Selected 5751 is Tube Amp Doctor's first choice for noticeably improved clarity, smoothness, and a true vintage tone character for most guitar amps!
T-12AU7A-TAD Vacuum Tube - 12AU7A / ECC82, Tube Amp Doctor, Premium Selected
The Perfect Choice for Stereo Audio Applications - Ideal as a Balanced Driver. Latest revision providing great musical performance and rich tone. This TAD 12AU7A / ECC82 has especially strong systems which are selected to provide two symmetric triodes. The perfect choice for stereo audio applications and ideal as a balanced driver.
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