My experience with Northern Electric was with their 12AX7 tube. I used it in my Bellari HA540 headphone amp and it was a quiet nice sounding tube. It outperformed an Old Stock GE white label 12AX7 tube from Brent Jessee. Looks wise and quality wise it is good to me.
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I’ve heard of the Northern Electric Brand of tubes, but I haven’t had the opportunity to listen to any yet. I will have to keep an eye/ear out for them.
The new brand that I have heard quite a bit of that continues to impress me is Psvane (also Chinese).
I’ve owned 12AX7’s, CV-181 TII’s (6SN7’s), and KT-88’s, and all have worked extremely well in my system.
Here is a link to the CV-181 TII’s: http://psvanetube.com/wordpress/store/products/cv181-tii-pair/
Thanks Jmcgrogan2, I have actually heard some of the Psvane line and the select level of them are very nice indeed. People are starting to have very consistent reports of both fidelity and reliability with them as well. I have read several comparisons of the Psvane to the N.E. in terms of equivalent tonality and quietness that suggest that they are very similar. Do you know, is Grant Fidelity the exclusive importer to North America?