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What amp? The bulk of current 845/211 production is from Shuguang or PSVane/Acme. They make some very good products.
Elrog I hear makes good tubes. I have never heard them. I am thinking about starting to carry them.
Finally, KR produces a non-traditional 845 & 211. The filament current on the KRs is 1.0 amps vs. 3.5 amps. If your amp can handle them, they are pretty fantastic, but are not inexpensive. Art Audio amps accept them without modification due to our auto bias but a lot of amps need a resistor added.
I just replaced all 4 of my Shuguang Nature Series 845 tubes on my Cary 211 AE amps with the Psvane Acme Supreme Series and they were a noticeable step up in sound quality compared to the Shuguang’s that are pretty decent tubes. I purchased them from Grant Fidelity who are always a pleasure to deal with.
Ebay and Amazon are both dumping grounds for counterfeit China garbage. Make sure you research the seller call them direct and tell them what you are looking for, and always remember if it sounds to good to be true it is fake China crap! Putting this garbage in your amp could cost a lot more money down the road. I know people who work in customs and you would be shocked if you knew half the story.