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How can you be sure you are getting the tubes made in JSC Svetlana's St. Petersburg factory?

Look for the "Winged C" logo!

As the tube world gets more and more complicated, it is important to make sure that you know what you are buying and how to identify the tubes you want to buy. Here's the story:

JSC Svetlana is a Russian company that owns and operates the Svetlana factory in St. Petersburg, Russia, which has been making vacuum tubes for almost a century. These tubes have been known in the United States as Svetlana brand tubes and have had the "S" logo and/or the "Winged C" logo (a Cyrillic S) on them.

Because of a change in ownership of the former American distributor, JSC Svetlana recently lost its ability to sell vacuum tubes bearing the "Svetlana" name, while maintaining the ability to sell the tubes bearing the "Winged C" logo in the United States and Canada.

The Xpo-pul factory, otherwise known as Reflector, in Saratov, Russia is an entirely different Russian company that makes vacuum tubes for an American corporation that controls the Sovtek and Electro-Harmonix brand names. This same American corporation now also owns and controls the Svetlana brand name in the United States and Canada and recently introduced (last Fall) a new line of Svetlana branded vacuum tubes produced in the Xpo-pul factory. The Xpo-pul factory "Svetlana" tubes are not the same Svetlana tubes that you have been accustomed to over the years!

Rest assured that the Svetlana factory in St. Petersburg, Russia is still producing vacuum tubes and has no plans to stop. These tubes are available to you through Antique Electronic Supply under the "Winged C" name.

All current production St. Petersburg factory tubes -- and only those tubes -- do bear the "Winged C" mark, while in the past some did not. In today’s world if you want the tubes that you've come to know in the past as "Svetlana", the only way to be sure you're getting that tube is to look for the "Winged C" mark.

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T-EL34-WCT-EL34-WCItem ID: 004844EL34, Winged C
Made in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Winged C EL34 is considered by many to be the best EL34 tube that money can buy. Perfect for Guitar Amps and Hi-Fi applications.
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T-6L6GC-WCT-6L6GC-WCItem ID: 0047356L6GC, Winged C
This Russian tube has tight lows, straightforward mid body and smooth highs. In overdrive, it offers a tight and frosted crunchy bite. Made in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Winged C 6L6GC is considered by many to be the best 6L6 tube that money can buy. Perfect for Guitar Amps and Hi-Fi applications.
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T-6550C-WCT-6550C-WCItem ID: 0046036550C, Winged C
Made in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Winged C 6550 is considered by many to be the best 6550 tube that money can buy. Perfect for Guitar Amps, Leslies, and Hi-Fi applications.
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T-6L6GC-WC-BT-6L6GC-WC-BItem ID: 0047436L6GC, Burned In, Winged C
Burned In 6L6GC Winged C Tubes Extremely High Quality · Burned In for Maximum Stability And Performance · Ideal for Any6L6 Application · Made In St. Petersburg, Russia · The Winged C 6L6GC is a beam power tetrode having a standard octal base and glass envelope. With a gold-plated molybdenum alloy grid and carbon-coated screen grid, the Winged C 6L6GC is the finest power tube of its type being manufactured today. These tubes are Burned In for maximum Stability And Performance.
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T-EL34-WC-BT-EL34-WC-BItem ID: 004847EL34, Burned In, Winged C
Burned In EL34 Winged C Tubes Extremely High Quality · Burned In for Maximum Stability And Performance · Ideal for AnyEL34 Application · Made In St. Petersburg, Russia · The Winged C EL34 is a glass power pentode having a standard octal base and glass envelope. With a gold-plated molybdenum alloy grid and carbon-coated screen grid, the Winged C EL34 is the finest power tube of its type being manufactured today. These tubes are Burned In for maximum Stability And Performance.
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