Mullard 12AX7/ECC83 (Plate Options)


The Legendary Mullard 12AX7 

Made in Great Britain throughout the 50's and 60's, Mullard valves are regarded by many as the best vacuum tubes ever made. They are legendary for their tonal complexities, balance, low noise floor, and longevity. Rivaled only by Telefunken (for audio applications). 

What makes Mullard special?

Mullard 12AX7's are a high gain tube with a very low noise floor. These two qualities make them great for vintage high wattage amplifiers (or clones). 

When should I splurge?

At Fuzz Audio we consider Mullard 12AX7's a must for any vintage Marshall, VOX or Orange amplifier. Not only because they were found stock in these amps originally but because they are unique to the British amp sound with lots of mids, while maintaining a balanced bottom and top end. 

The British Sound

It is no coincidence that British tubes and amps are both mid centric. Mullard tubes are an integral part of the vintage British amp sound. Because Mullards have lots of mids, so to did the Marshall amplifiers they were put in. This fact is also true for American made tubes and amps. American tubes are bass and treble heavy, and so too are the vintage amps that relied on American tubes.  

  • Long Plate (1950's)- Better tone, more warmth, great mids
  • Short Plate (1960's)- Less noise, great mids
  • 7025 (1960's)- Extra low noise. Use 7025's for large and noise high wattage amplifiers for extra noise reduction.

Need help deciding what tubes are best for you?

Use our plate cheat sheet and vacuum tube buyers guide to determine which tubes are best for you. Likewise, you are welcome to reach out to us directly at or by using our chat located on our shop page if you have further questions.

NOS vs. ANOS vs. Test NOS

These designations are strictly used to describe the cosmetic condition of our tubes. All tubes we sell test identically, come with 100% life and are guaranteed to work in your device!

If you are picky about owning an original box or wanting a specific logo please reach out to us before purchasing.

  1. NOS (New Old Stock) Tubes- are 100% brand new vintage tubes in mint cosmetic condition with show zero signs of use. You should expect a legible logo and clean straight pins. An original box is likely but not guaranteed. 
  1. ANOS Tubes- otherwise known as “almost new old stock” tubes are basically new, but may show slight signs of use in cosmetic condition, such as a missing logo or slightly bent pins. An original box is possible but unlikely. 
  1. Test NOS Tubes- are used but still operating to specification with 100% life. These tubes are equal in function to NOS valves, yet they cost considerably less because they have cosmetic blemishes. If you plan to disappear your tubes into the back of an amplifier or do not care what the tubes look like, then this is cost effective choice. Blemishes and cosmetic imperfections do not affect tone…

Logos: Vintage tubes have a wide variety of logos printed on them. It is not uncommon to see a Mullard made tube with an RCA or GE logo, or a GE made tube with a Mullard logo. Your tube may come with a logo such are Heath Kit, Baldwin, Fisher, Hammond, Magnavox, Fender, Gibson, Silvertone, etc. but the true manufacturer of that tube will be correct to your order. If you are looking for a specific logo please reach out before purchase.

Our Standards:

  • All tubes are tested for microphonics and are guaranteed to work in sensitive audio applications
  • All tubes sold are guaranteed to have strong (to spec) NOS test scores with 100% life
  • All tubes are tested on a calibrated Hickok 539C, Maxi-Matcher, E-Tracer or other industry standard tube analyzers
  • Tubes are guaranteed for one year and can be returned within 30 days
  • Preamp tubes matched by gain and mutual conductance (Gm)
  • Power tubes matched by mA and Gm

Don’t forget to email or reach out to us via chat if you need help picking out valves for your device.

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