Update – April 12th, 2014: In addition to KT88-Z and CV181-Z, we are adding back in 6CA7-Z model of Shuguang Treasure black bottle tubes now (April 2014) with our newly formed quality control collaboration with Shuguang tube factory.
Grant Fidelity discontinued our offering the Treasure tubes in 2011 as the original ‘Treasure tube’ design team left Shuguang to form their own company ‘Psvane Audio’ and offer tubes under ‘Psvane’ brand. From 2011 to now, Shuguang has restructured its design team but the Treasure tubes have been sold through various channels with no clear quality indication. Grant Fidelity now has formed special collaboration with the Shuguang quality control team to ‘select, screen and supply’ tubes that Grant Fidelity deem to pass our quality requirement to meet customers’ needs for ‘once gone back, never look back’. All our ‘Select’ quality tubes have print on the tubes ‘Select by GF-LJX’ with anti-counterfeit label on the base. Interested in ordering yours? Click here.
Review by Tom Scata:
“On 1/20/14 I received WE845 tubes from Grant Fidelity to use in my Mastersound Reference 845. My birthday was a couple of days later so I was able to convince my wife to allow me to splurge and purchase the quad of WE845 tubes. However I was a tad concerned because Western Electric never made an 845 tube and I wasn’t about to drop-in a quad of possibly “pseudo 845 tubes” which might possibly damage my $12.5K, 135lb, world-class, Mastersound Reference 845 SET amp! So I got in touch with Rachel at Grant Fidelity. She was quite pleasant and took the time to answer all my questions. I asked Rachel how Grant Fidelity could be selling replicas of a Western Electric 845 tube that never existed. She explained these WE845 tubes were voiced to sound like the Western Electric 284A tube, but were built to RCA 845 specifications. Doing that made them a direct drop-in replacement tube for any amp that uses 845 tubes. Feeling reassured these WE845 tubes were safe to use in my amp I ordered a quad of them. . Read more...
Good news! The rarely on-sale WE Replica tubes are on sale for limited time on selected models. As usual, free shipping is offered worldwide by Fedex or DHL Express. Limited quantity – first come, first served.
Another new Western Electric replica model – 101D has just been launched by Psvane Audio to give high end pre-amp owners an option to experience the legendary Western Electric sound.
Tennis ball shaped, open plate design – this tube was commented by an AudiogoN member on the forum as ‘How do they sound? in a word WOW! Highs and lows are more extended, larger soundstage, more detail, better midrange, better dynamics and bass. Did I mention they look sensational too?”
Pre-order starts now with expected shipping date in Mid March, 2014. Very limited quantity. First come, first served. Introductory price in place as $540/pair with worldwide free shipping.
Review done by Audiokarma member ‘guystp’: ”PSVANE 845T II tubes- A few weeks ago, Rachel at Grant Fidelity handed me and pair of these tubes and asked me to try them out and possibly write a review on them. Of course, I’m all in for that! From the second I put these these in my Shuguang S845MK II amps, I heard a difference to the stock Shuguang tubes. Keeping things in perspective, the stock tubes cost approximately $200.00/pr. and the T II series from Psvane will run you $485.00 for a pair of GF’s grade A tubes. Therefore there should be a significant difference. Read more...
New Addition! - Nov 20th, 2013: Shuguang Treasure CV181-Z has been added back with same ‘Select’ quality as we did with the KT88-Z as described below. This model is highly popular with ModWright equipment and many high end pre-amplifier, integrated amplifier as driver tube, or in 845/805 type Monoblocks.
Update – Aug 26, 2013: We are adding back in KT88-Z model of Shuguang Treasure black bottle tubes now (Aug 2013) with our newly formed quality control collaboration with Shuguang tube factory.
Grant Fidelity discontinued our offering the Treasure tubes in 2011 as the original ‘Treasure tube’ design team left Shuguang to form their own company ‘Psvane Audio’ and offer tubes under ‘Psvane’ brand. From 2011 to now, Shuguang has restructured its design team but the Treasure tubes have been sold through various channels with no clear quality indication. Grant Fidelity now has formed special collaboration with the Shuguang quality control team to ‘select, screen and supply’ tubes that Grant Fidelity deem to pass our quality requirement to meet customers’ needs for ‘once gone back, never look back’ . (picture above: credit to KT88-Z owner Greg Lorenzo)
New additions to the Psvane Western Electric Replica series – bring vintage legendary sound to you without NOS price tag! - Psvane WE845 ($799/pair with free shipping)
Feedback received from Pierre O. by email:
“I pre-ordered my EL34 quadtube PSVANE PH metal base replica from Grant Fidelity. If we were to put my customer experience on a scale from 1 to 10 I would rate it 10. Shipping was fast and included everything that was described on the website. It even came in a big and solid box with a foam so that the tubes would arrive securely. The tubes did not even have a scratch on them and were a great liability. My power amp is a Lectron JH50 and the tubes I had at this time were Mullard’s B coded double Halo XF2 made in England. My ancient tubes were still in great conditions and working perfectly. I switched them with my new El34 PSVANE ph metal base replica. After around 50 to 60 hours of listening, I found out that these tubes were really faster than my ancient ones while keeping the same musical quality that I got from my Mullard’s XF2. The EL34 ph metal base is much more transparent, has more bass punch, seems to have a more dynamyc sound spectrum. Each time a song changes flow, by being quieter or louder, the sound still seems alive and going. PSVANE’S Ph metal base replica EL34 gave me the best sound I had in years, even beating my ancient tube. They are clearly the best EL34 I ever put in my power amp and are probably the best new produced EL34 on the market right now. Personally, they are the best I’ve seen and heard. Read more...
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Feedback received from customer Michael H. by email:
“Hi Rachel. Received the Psvane 12AX7′s yesterday. My intent is to use them as the first stage in the phono section of my Rogue 99 Super Magnum pre amp and based on what I’ve heard so far they are going to perform that function admirably. To break them in and get a feel for their performance/sound quality, I installed them in the V2 and V5 second voltage gain positions of my series IV McIntosh MC275. I have driven them with both a Telefunken ribbed plate 12AX7 and now a REAL Tungsol long Black Plate 12AX7 in V1 the first voltage stage/phase inverter. The Psvanes clearly let me hear the differences in the two tubes. I have had both new production and NOS tubes in these positions. The Psvanes are the equal of the most recent (RCA black plate 5751′s and prior to that Real TungSol Long Gray plate 12AX7′s) and easily outperform all other current production and some late 50′s RCA long gray plate 12AX7′s. And….that’s only with 16 hours on them. “
Another new model has been added to the Psvane Replica series – this time is the hugely popular EL34. It is a replica of the ‘best sounding ever made’ Philips Holland metal base EL34. Check out details here. Submit your online review within 45 days of purchase (posted to any sizable audio forum) link to us to receive your $25.00 instant factory rebate during promotional time. Your review must include the amp model you use and the previous EL34 tube make you are comparing to.