Tung-Sol 12AX7 Tube Gold Pins
The gold-pinned 12AX7s by Tung Sol make a huge difference for folks using the Bellari VP130 phono preamp. Vocals are more clear, bass is strengthened, and the overall picture is more resolute. We can't recommend them enough!
Ratings & Reviews
by Daniel Thomas
An excellent alternative to the Mullard 12AX7. This tube features a clean tone, long sustain, and strong, confident bass. The sound is warm without that "tweed wool coat" low end of the Mullards. This "Gold Pin" version is notably superior to the standard Tung-Sol tube in every way, and is highly recommended. As always, much thanks goes to Needle Doctor and their legendary service. They offered me the Tung-Sol Gold when their supply of Mullards ran dry, and it has proved to be an excellent match for my Pro-Ject Tube Box SE II. Needle Dr always goes the extra mile, and such quality of service is worth any price. Buy with confidence, kids.
this tube seems to really have added a punch to my bellari that it really needed. out of the box i'm thinking its added more high end and energy to the sound as well as tightening it up a bit. curious to see if the soundstage opens up after some breaking in. i'm a novice but this tube seems to really have done the trick in many ways.
Great bang for the buck
Best bang for the buck tweak I've made on my system. I stream Apple lossless files through an Apple TV to a Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC II, then on to a solid state Rotel RX 1052, to Paradigm speakers. The Jolida stock tubes were standard Tung-Sols, and were only about 3 years old. I hadn't noticed any problem with them, but upgrade-itis made me pull the trigger on these. Were my original tubes just long in the tooth, or did the gold pin version make the difference? For this small expense, who cares? Definitely more detailed, but smooth at the same time. Vocals and instruments were just more REAL.