After reading many positive comments about the Sovtek 12AX7"LPS", I tried a couple was VERY pleased with the results. I tried them in a phono stage and also a tube DAC. Nice indeed...
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If you speak to CJ, they don't go for the expensive NOS tubes. I would look at NOS GE's or 5751's. EH or Tesla should be fine. You should consider buying from a dealer who can match them for you.
As far as EL34's: The Shuguangs come in several versions of quality. All sounded "muddy" and "soft" to me. My favorite low budget tubes were Svetlans WXT, I believe they are the Sovteks now. Money does pay off here though. I'd love to have vintage Mullards. Currently using NOS Groove Tubes with Svetlana's as back ups.