# Vacuum Tube - EL84, Tube Amp Doctor

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Tube Amp Doctor opted for the thickest glass possible and the heaviest construction available, just like the Russian EL84M, and combined these features with the sonically most promising cathode plate options, in order to meet and exceed the tonal quality of the EL84-Cz. Finally, Tube Amp Doctor added the gold grid wire in order to improve overall reliability. The sound can be described as very harmonic in the middle and treble frequencies, without adding too much power to the bass. The result is the best EL84 in current production.

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A: All power tubes labeled Premium Selected have passed the following tests:
- Plate Current (PC) and Amplification (TC)
- Low Noise Test
- Microphonic Test
- Sonic Tests
- Shock Tests
- Listening Tests
- Shorts & Leakage Tests

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## Product Reviews

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4.75 out of 5 based on 12 reviews

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3 out of 5

Installed a matched pair of these TAD EL84-STR's in my Vox Night Train 15H and got a loud hum after taking the amp off standby, after a warm up for 3-4 minutes. Gain and volume all the way down, the amp is self biasing. The hum would disappear after 2-3 minutes. But this is occurring less though, the more the tubes are being broken in and used. These tubes break up a lot earlier than the Preferred Series 7189 I had in before. I have to dial back the gain a lot on my amp. It's an aggressive tube, with a wide fat tone. It's great for rock or crunch. Lots of bass and good midrange, but less headroom compared to what I had in before.

- August 4th, 2018
5
5 out of 5

Excellent...! These TAD EL84 STRs add a 6V6 flavor muscle to the already *very* good EL84 sound. I'll definitely be staying with these - the best new production EL84s I've heard (hear that Ruby/JJs...?). If only TAD improved new production 12AX7s like this...!

- October 14th, 2017
5
5 out of 5

Excellent...! These TAD EL84 STRs add a 6V6 flavor muscle to the already *very* good EL84 sound. I'll definitely be staying with these - the best new production EL84s I've heard (hear that Ruby/JJs...?). If only TAD improved new production 12AX7s like this...!

- October 14th, 2017
5
5 out of 5

I have been using these TAD EL84str power tubes for quite some time now and I have tried them all in my Soldano amp. These have the best of all worlds for lows, mids and highs. The bass response from my amp is absolutely fantastic. I play classic rock and blues guitar and these tubes really are the best I have ever found so far. Way better then Sovt, JJ, Mull, you name it I tried it. Been playing for 45 yrs, 63 and still rocking on the weekends. Love these tubes so much I don't have any others on hand anymore. Sold everything else I had. I might add I use Sylvania 12ax7's for the pre-amp tubes. Best I have found in 12ax7's. NOS Sylvania's with the green lettering.

- March 22nd, 2017
4
4 out of 5

Application: Heathkit UA-2 amplifiers. These are competent tubes with no bad qualities that I could hear. Perhaps nearly the equal of the Sovtek tubes I generally use. As such, they're not worth the extra cost.

- April 20th, 2016
5
5 out of 5

The TAD EL 84 STRs have about 35 hours of play time on them and continue to improve. Best characteristic of the tube is the impression that my amp has additional power. These tubes are great!

- February 20th, 2016
5
5 out of 5

Replace power tubes in Vox AC15C1X. Nice sounding tubes!

- January 31st, 2016
5
5 out of 5

Quick delivery. And it sure was nice getting a phone call to clarify what I was going to receive. The Tubes I was replacing were about twenty years old (EL84 TAD-str's)so bottle length was longer than the old tubes. A little tweaking of the hangers solved that problem. They're a little crisp sounding. I'm running them in class A so it shouldn't be long before the mellow out a bit. All and all I'd say a good re-tube for my '94 Laney VC30 112. Thank you.

- December 31st, 2015
5
5 out of 5

Quick delivery. And it sure was nice getting a phone call to clarify what I was going to receive. The Tubes I was replacing were about twenty years old (EL84 TAD-str's)so bottle length was longer than the old tubes. A little tweaking of the hangers solved that problem. They're a little crisp sounding. I'm running them in class A so it shouldn't be long before the mellow out a bit. All and all I'd say a good re-tube for my '94 Laney VC30 112. Thank you.

- December 31st, 2015
5
5 out of 5

Great vendor of quality tubes and parts for vintage amps. EL84's sound excellent.

- May 9th, 2015