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You could use odd tubes in designs, but why?

I think the simple reality is that time has moved on - we don't need tubes anymore for the jobs they did years ago. That rules out a huge number of tubes that were used in computers, televisions and all sorts of other kit. If you have a stock of them, just sell them for whatever you can get and move on.

However, as we all know there are a bunch of tubes that are kind of immortal - the EL34s, 6L6s, 12A*7 etc. that are still used in stage amps, plus all the DHTs like 26, 01A, 10Y, 300b, 2a3 etc. which continue to sound better than their alternatives in purist builds.

I can't see any real alternative to keeping the tubes that have a current value, as above, and just disposing of the rest. OK - you may have to go through stages of loss in your mind, the first of which is denial, but you can work through that.



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