Is a tube shortage imminent? Mike Matthews confirms Electro-Harmonix brands are subject to Russian export ban

Electro-Harmonix vacuum tubes
(Image credit: Electro-Harmonix)

Electro-Harmonix founder Mike Matthews has confirmed that the effects brand’s Russian-made vacuum tubes are among the 200 products subjected to recent export bans by Russia.

The components have been banned from export in retaliation to the sanctions imposed on Russia by the international community, following its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.