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NOTE: Tonewheel will be CLOSED Friday April 1 2022

And now a word from our vacuum tube supplier.

Attention All EHX Tube Customers

"Yesterday (ed: March 10, 2022), Russia imposed a ban on the export of some 200 goods in response to the sanctions imposed on it over the current conflict in Ukraine. We have confirmed that the ban applies to our seven brands of Russian tubes (ed: Sovtek, Svetlana, Tung-Sol, Electro-Harmonix, EH Gold, Mullard and Genalex). Currently, the ban is set to remain in effect until the end of the calendar year.

Given this export ban, we will not be receiving any further tube inventory for these brands. A myriad of pressures — including continued strains on the supply chain, escalating internal expenses, mounting inflation, and an ever-evolving legal landscape (particularly in light of the Ukraine conflict) — have created a very fluid and ambiguous environment. Until we can properly assess the impact of these factors, we will not honor any new orders or ship any more Russian tubes on back order."

Rock & Roll,

Mike Matthews
Founder & President

So what does this mean? It means Tonewheel will likely run out of some, possibly all Electro Harmonix produced vacuum tubes at some point. Electro-Harmonix has had Tonewheel on allocation since the rona pandemic due to supply chain disruption. Because of this, we have been unable to build up a healthy stock of tubes for several months, even to the point where we are already close to running out of some vacuum tube models. With no new stock arriving until (potentially) the end of 2022, we are poorly positioned to weather the approaching vacuum tube apocalypse.

So what is the plan? We will seek out new sources for vacuum tubes already here in America, and possibly directly import vacuum tubes from outside America. We may consider selling used vacuum tubes that test as good. We may direct customers to other vendors who have a desired tube in stock. We will support efforts to make American tube brands in America again. Above all, we shall endeavor to persevere.

Tonewheel is going to turn off our vacuum tube listings for a few days while we make an inventory of stock and talk with alternative vendors. If you have placed a vacuum tube order with us it will be honored at the price listed.