Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by etzeppy, Jun 5, 2018.
Hi Blues! I'm a Ham operator also, but just have a couple of portable 70/2 meter handhelds.
Thanks for all of the suggestions. They have been noted.
No Telefunken tubes ...
I know it might be a lot of work, but, if you could do a list of all of the tube types that you find and not just the list of types you are looking for, someone might spot something they want. There are simply too many desirable types to list in a wish list. It would be horrible if no one lists a particular type, because they did not think about it or did not realistically expect it to be in the collection, and it is discarded even though it would be a treasure. For example, I would not expect you to find things like 310, 311, 348, 349, 350 or 252, but, what if it is in the collection but were never on the search list? Also, there are some television sweep tubes that can be used for audio, but, only a few people actually use them. If they end up on a list of tube types available, someone might google and find them.
I might get there eventually. Trying to get my mind around the logistics of how to inventory and store in a way that makes it possible to know what I have.
If you find a pair of meshplate Western Electric 252 tubes, I know someone who will give you $30,000 for the pair. Good Luck!
And not to mention the Fender Princeton, Princeton Reverb, Deluxe, Deluxe Reverb, etc...
Great motivational talk!!!
Many Russian tubes are also much sought after, but not the Chinese tubes ...
What I would do: physically sort them out, one by one, alphabetically. First just by first digit, 1 to 9 and A to Z. Then with all the 1's, sort those out by the second digit. And so on.
This will take days - but it is going to be worth it!
Then you can make a list of what you have and the quantities of each, by brand and date or production code.
Finding 252s would be like finding Honus Wagner in a shoebox full of baseball cards. Further motivation: I will buy whatever Western Electric 348s and 349s you find for $1,000 each.
I found a couple of 6386 tubes today. They seem to be rare and somewhat expensive. From what I have read, they are used in the Fairchild 670 compressor and other compressors. Hopefully that means there are more in the pile somewhere.
These vintage American tubes should be worth some money ...
After finding a 5-pack of 6386's, I was motivated to do a full inventory.
With all of the small box tubes pulled from the group, I've started alphabetizing. Here are the ones that start with "1" in order. Hopefully I'll have a count by model and manufacturer soon.
You know, depending on how many you have of a particular odd-ball rarely used tube, I'm willing to bet there are some nuts out there that will design an amp circuit around a certain tube. They probably hang out on DIYTube dot com or other such forums.
Vintage American and European tubes are very much sought after, as are most Russian tubes. The Chinese tubes, not so much ...
Russian tubes? Sought after? None I’m familiar with...
I'm looking for 12AX7s and 6N1Ps.
Original..... Svetlana Electron Devices.
Their kt88's, 6550's and 6L6GC's are sought after by me.
Just a partial list, but here's what I'd like:
I did not see 7199 on your list.... These are sought after and fairly expensive.... I could use a pair
Indeed, I have heard of the Svetlana tubes a while back ...
Revisiting another thread reminded that Conrad-Johnsons also eat up old stock M8080 tubes.
Fun fact about the numbering, for most tubes starting with 12, like 12ax7, the 12 is because they have a 12 volt heater (actually two series 6 volt heaters), whereas ones starting with a 6, like 6L6GC, have a single 6 volt heater. You will likely have even more "6"s when you sort them. There's also different manufacturer numbers and European equivalents for most tubes that don't use the convention though, such as 5881 as an equivalent to 6L6GB.
You can also make a Danelectro, Silvertone, Harmony or other budget guitar amp out of 12au6 + 50c5, but the former needs a small 7 pin socket (I discovered after picking up some of these $1 tubes) and the latter, like its number indicates, needs 50 volts for the heater.
Can you even find Svetlana tubes in the US?
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