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RE: Why?

What about tubes purchased in bulk? I've bought plenty of tubes packaged in egg-crate type boxes that were intended for use in production where individual boxes were both unnecessary and unwanted.

Who says the box the tube is in now is the original one it was packaged in?

Who says the tube in that old tired box wasn't used for a few hours then put back in the box?

And so on...

We've had this discussion here so MANY times before. The conclusion reached is that unless you had the tube in your possession from the time it left the factory until today there is no absolute assurance it is new and unused. Period.

Get the tubes from a trustworthy source. That's all you can do. If you have a question about the tube ask the seller. Some of the answers you get will have to be judgment calls - so the knowledge/experience and ethics of the seller are important in the process.

I am a tube seller - and I have NEVER sold a tube that I can be 100% sure was brand new. Since I've never taken delivery of tubes directly from a tube plant I can't be 100% sure. I have sold tubes that in my best judgment were NOS however. And I'm sure I'm not the only tube seller to do so.




Edits: 06/15/17

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  • RE: Why? - Jim McShane 11:33:19 06/15/17 (1)
    • RE: Why? - Triode_Kingdom 13:27:39 06/15/17 (0)

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