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In Reply to: RE: Boxes--100s--of NOS tubes....what to do? posted by wolfie62 on April 12, 2017 at 18:31:07
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.
If that stash does not have any 6L6's or 12AX7's in it, it is worthless. The TV tubes are too hard to use( vs a type 26? LMAO ).
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...horizontal and vertical sweep tubes come to mind as well as some really high gm IF tubes. Damper diodes are useful for very slow warm-up, high current, low drop B+ rectifiers if vacuum rectifification is desired.
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