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Vintage Tube Find = Good or Garbage?
06/11/18 at 18:57:18
 
Hello, I've picked up a large amount of vintage tubes #100's (which I know little about). I did find a few that work with my SE84. Other than that I'm clueless. Anyone have any 'holy grail' tubes that I should keep my eye out as I try to sort them? (I would post photos if I knew how) Mike
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Re: Vintage Tube Find = Good or Garbage?
Reply #1 - 06/11/18 at 19:12:16
 
I would look for Type 80, Type 280 or 380, 5U4, 5V4, 5Y3 or 5AR4 rectifiers, input tubes that are 6922, 7308, 6DJ8 or 7DJ7, and EL84 power tubes. Different brands will sound differently combined with the others, I've been surprised enough to not pre-judge too much.

Of course in the last year or so I've come to think that the SV83 type of power tube and the Russian 6N1P and 6N5P input tubes to be the best for my system and tastes. Experimentation will help you find what works best for you and your system.
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Reply #2 - 06/11/18 at 20:47:00
 
Where did this lot come from? Store stock? Or a repairman’s caddy? If everything is boxed and the tube looks new and is the same brand/designation as what is labeled on the box these are probably new old stock. If a used RCA tube is in a Sylvania box marked “good” these are pulls, yanked out by a repairman who re-tubed a unit and saved the old tubes for possible later use.
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Reply #3 - 06/11/18 at 21:11:25
 
Holy grail. That would be tubes like metal base EL34's, any WE's, pre 60's 12AX/U7's with maybe square or goal post or foil or disc getters. Some TFK's ..............
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Re: Vintage Tube Find = Good or Garbage?
Reply #4 - 06/11/18 at 22:28:00
 
‘75 or ‘74 Reflektor 6N23P (6922) input tubes
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Re: Vintage Tube Find = Good or Garbage?
Reply #5 - 06/29/18 at 21:39:17
 
Thanks for the help - Yes - most are 'used' but there are some NOS that I'll search and try.
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Reply #6 - 06/29/18 at 21:41:45
 
I've started to sort out most...
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