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Old 02-27-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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Question for the tube guru's (12ax7's)

I recently bought some ruby 12ax7's online from guitar center (only because I had a giftcard) anyhow, they seem to be re-branded JJ's. ? Did I get hosed? Or are these really rubies? The first pic is of one side of the tube with the little flimsy paper ruby HG logo, the second is the other side and the third is the box it came in. thanks, all.

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Old 02-27-2014, 02:46 PM   #2
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I think ruby just rebrands other tubes, yeah. JJs should be fine.
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:47 PM   #3
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Ruby only rebrands, they don't actually make tubes. Groove tubes does the same. And JJs are very good IMO.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:21 PM   #4
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Ruby only rebrands, they don't actually make tubes. Groove tubes does the same. And JJs are very good IMO.

So if I buy Groove Tubes, what am I actually buying?
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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whatever tube they stick their name on. I buy JJ's from tubedepot.com. JAN Phillips 5751s are awesome for cleans in V1 too.
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:41 PM   #6
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As far as I know you are pretty much paying them to test the tube (which tube depot and other dealers do anyway) and put their name on it.


Someone correct me if Im wrong please
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:44 PM   #7
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ok, was just curious. Never seen a little paper sticker on one like that before. Is it safe to leave that on, or should i take it off?
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whatever tube they stick their name on. I buy JJ's from tubedepot.com. JAN Phillips 5751s are awesome for cleans in V1 too.

Huh, no shit. I didn't know that. I feel somewhat ripped off lol...
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Well, dunno how much Ruby and GT charge for rebranded JJ's but the jj 12ax7s I just bought were 9.99 ea
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I'm pretty sure I paid $10 for the Chinese 12ax7 GT and maybe 20 some-odd dollars for the Russian 12ax7 GT...

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Old 02-27-2014, 04:18 PM   #11
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Like has been said, those are rebranded JJs, Ruby doesn't make their own tubes.

JJ's are very good tubes, and a good choice for most applications.
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I'm pretty sure I paid $10 for the Chinese 12ax7 GT and maybe 20 some-odd dollars for the Russian 12ax7 GT...


Well not sure about the quality of those tubes, but I would rather pay the 10 bucks for the JJ's but that's my preference.
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Old 02-28-2014, 01:31 AM   #14
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ok, now here's another question. I put all the rubies in, with the HG+ in v1 and a mullard in the PI position. why are all the tubes lit, besides the mullard? is this common? its got just the faintest of glows, I had to get right on top of it to see it. And the amp plays, so should i return the tube for a new one, or just keep on keepin on?
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ok, now here's another question. I put all the rubies in, with the HG+ in v1 and a mullard in the PI position. why are all the tubes lit, besides the mullard? is this common? its got just the faintest of glows, I had to get right on top of it to see it. And the amp plays, so should i return the tube for a new one, or just keep on keepin on?


Some tubes just don't light up as much as others. I've never used the mullards, so I can't comment specifically to that brand. But that would be my suspicion if it plays just fine.
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Some tubes just don't light up as much as others. I've never used the mullards, so I can't comment specifically to that brand. But that would be my suspicion if it plays just fine.


It has to do with the heater style in the tube. Modern ones tend to be spiral IIRC.

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Old 02-28-2014, 03:14 AM   #17
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I have a Mullard RI in my V1, and I thought the same thing when I first put it in, and saw it in comparison to the others (JJ's). It's working fine and dandy though
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Old 02-28-2014, 09:54 AM   #18
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Awesome, thanks guys!
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