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xtaljo 27th May 2012 08:04 PM

Japanese Valves
I am shortly to visit Japan and wonder what the best makes of audio valves I should look for. I want EF86s, EL84s and EZ80s. These are for two Mullard 3+3 amplifiers.

I understand very good Mullard like valves were produced in Japan but how could I identify them?

tinitus 27th May 2012 08:10 PM


Originally Posted by xtaljo (
I am shortly to visit Japan ...

wow, lucky you

but Im afraid tubes especially might be a tough bargain in Japan, and expencive

but maybe some nice transformers made in Japan :rolleyes:

ruffrecords 28th May 2012 06:23 PM

I have quite a number of 6FQ7 made my Mitsubishi. Whlie their inherent distortion is not quite as low as some 6CG7 types, they are remarkably consistent - a testament I guess to the Japanese QA of those days.



rotaspec 28th May 2012 10:36 PM

I have used EL84s and 6267 (EF86) labeled NEC and they sound very similar to the Philips/Mullards for most purposes. Unless you have the very best iron, I doubt you could pick the difference.


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