EL34 is a widely used vacuum tube model for guitar amps and home stereo amplifiers.
Why EL34 not other tubes? – EL34 has unmatched musicality when compared with KT88 tubes, which offer more bass but lack of the sweetness of an EL34 sound. EL34 tubes can also take high voltage up to maximum 800V to deliver high power output. In some tube amp design, EL34 can deliver up to 50 watts of output per channel with its much desired musicality. This cannot be reached by 300B tubes so EL34 has its own sound niche and has been pursued by worldwide audiophiles and musicians for decades.
The first EL34 tube in the history was introduced by Philips in Holland and its subsidiary Mullard in UK in 1953. Till today, NOS (new-old-stock) Philips Holland EL34 tubes are still in high demand which drives price up to $800-900 per pair and very hard to find. It is considered the best sounding EL34 ever made.
The Psvane Philips Holland Replica EL34PH is developed to allow worldwide audiophiles to relive the vacuum tube history again at a fraction cost of the NOS tubes. This model has been developed over 2 years period of time, numerous prototype versions and the design process costs even more than the WE300B 1:1 replica.
Sound? People are astonished for the imaging and details it can deliver. Get your set and let your ear to judge
Caution: When you install and uninstall the tubes, please do not rock them forcefully in the socket – it will break the center guide pin and this is NOT covered by warranty. Tubes should be pulled out of socket by holding firmly on the socket base (not the glass!) with very gentle rocking. A broken guide pin will not affect how the tube operate in a circuit as long as the tube is installed correctly. You can use a marker to mark out where the guide was on the tube base so that you don’t install the tubes into socket with wrong pin connection.
From 2014, the EL34PH has been changed slightly in appearance (see picture below – chrome base replaced previous brass base, tube pins are now gold coated pins for better connection and easier to install into socket.