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Rivieraranch
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Up Tube Creek Without A Tester
06/24/09 at 12:33:58
 
In March, I sent my tube tester away for calibration and some updates. Unfortunately it is still at the shop, although I am told that it is ready now.

In the meantime, I bought a Mini Torii that is just sitting in its box because I can't test the tubes I bought for it.

Somebody I met locally who has a tester offered to help but flaked out on me.  I have even tried negotiating on an emissions unit to fill the void but the seller, who I encountered on a ham website, was being a real @%$# in the communications around the transaction.

So I basically give up. I am ready to commit hari kiri on myself using an EL-84 tube. I will just have to wait until my tester is returned.  
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Re: Up Tube Creek Without A Tester
Reply #1 - 06/24/09 at 14:52:34
 
I feel for you!  

I've never had a tube tester and I guess I've been lucky. . . .
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Re: Up Tube Creek Without A Tester
Reply #2 - 06/24/09 at 17:03:54
 
A simple way to test the tubes you purchased for your Mini Torii would be to install them into the amp and turn it on - see if music plays.  No sense killing yourself - besides I'm anxious to get your impressions of this killer little amp!!

Steve
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Re: Up Tube Creek Without A Tester
Reply #3 - 06/24/09 at 22:25:10
 
My old tube tester quit working about 6 years ago and went in the trash. I had a friend who would test tubes for me but he died about 3 years ago. Now I just install the tube after a visual inspection. If they light up, sound good and don't turn into a Roman Candle I call that a good test.
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Re: Up Tube Creek Without A Tester
Reply #4 - 06/25/09 at 03:07:12
 
I like to buy tubes for my equipment and maintain a collection. Testing them enables me to sell what I don't want to keep. It also allows me to determine which tubes are strong and sound best in my equipment. I enjoy the atomic age tinkering with the retrotech stuff.
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