Retrovalves Packaging

RetroValves are 100% analogue vacuum tube replacement devices offering the warm, fat, punchy sound traditionally associated with only glass vacuum tubes.

Sold as single units.

Sent by Royal Mail 1st Class within the UK for £3.50.

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Product Description

RetroValves are pin-for-pin compatible with 12AX7 tubes in nearly any guitar amplifier, offering instant modification of preamp gain characteristics. They are very low noise and have no potential for the microphonics sometimes characteristic of vacuum tubes. And because RetroValves operate with much less heat and consume less power, they reduce stress on the amplifier’s electronics.


AMBER are nominally the same gain as a standard 12AX7 and perform as you would expect a 12AX7 would.

BLUE are significantly lower gain, effectively “cooling off” the preamp gain.

RED are very high gain, allowing the preamp to achieve gain characteristics not possible with standard vacuum tubes.


Use RetroValves alongside vacuum tubes, or replace vacuum tubes in any “cocktail” combination. They operate in any 12AX7 socket, in nearly any guitar amplifier. RetroValves are so cool and advanced, they’re protected by US patents: 7,286,060; 7,408,401; and 7,482,863; as provided under license from ROBERTS AUDIO TECHNOLOGIES.


JCA gurantees RetroValves to be free from defects in material and workmanship affecting form, fit, and function for the lifetime of the product. RetroValves are only recommended and warranted for use in guitar amplifier products.

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Amber (standard gain), Blue (cool gain), Red (hot gain)

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