Sylvania 12AX7's (Plate Options)


Read about the four types of Sylvania 12AX7 here!

Manufactured roughly from 1960 to 1975, Sylvania 12AX7's are some of the most popular 12AX7's in valve history!

Widely used by household names in electronics, it is not uncommon to see Sylvania tubes labeled as Fender, Airline, Gibson, Silvertone, or Hammond. Dozens of major companies relied heavily on Sylvania-made valves through the heyday of analog electronics.  

What makes these tubes special is the unique long plates that only Sylvania manufactured. Unlike many long plate tubes, Sylvania preamp tubes may actually add (a little) headroom to your rig. This, while maintaining the warmth we all love and desire from our vintage long plate tubes makes Sylvania 12AX7's a no-brainer.

Best known for their amazing clean tones, Sylvania 12AX7's are as "at home" in blackface Twin Reverbs as they are in modern 5W amps or your home stereo system. 

We recommend them to anyone who is playing clean and especially for use in pedal platform amps!

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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