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Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by [email protected], Oct 12, 2011.

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  1. Guest

    I'm looking for a place to buy vacuum tubes that are not priced in
    excess. I'm referring to NEW tubes. While tubes are not used too
    much anymore, some of us still use them, particularly for audio amps.
    Seems there are quite a few sites offering them for audiophiles, but
    their prices are usually outrageous. Anyone know of a good source for
    cheap, but good quality tubes?

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  2. Fred Abse

    Fred Abse Guest

    It's a niche market, with niche prices. They're labor-intensive to
    manufacture, and use expensive materials and plant. When they were made in
    millions for the consumer radio and TV industry, it was different.

    Pricing industrial heating tubes, thyratrons, transmitting tubes, etc.
    will turn your hair white.

    You *might* find some audio types at swap meets, but the audiophools have
    probably got there first.
  3. Olaf Kaluza

    Olaf Kaluza Guest

  4. asdf

    asdf Guest

    On Ebay they sell lots of russian made good quality (also military grade)
    tubes from the 80s. I never purchased those tubes but heard good reports
    about them. Some day I might try the subminiature low voltage triodes for
    guitar distorion effects.
  5. Uwe Hercksen

    Uwe Hercksen Guest


    if you want to sell something to audiophiles, it must be expensive.
    An audiophile would not by good parts for a cheap price. A cheap part
    can't be good in their opinion, the same part for an expensive price and
    with some advertising lies is excellent in their opinion.

  6. Olaf Kaluza

    Olaf Kaluza Guest

    These are realy cheap tubes from poland and the qualtiy is

    Ebay: PCL86 (390347802887)
    Perhaps I should buy some for future use, because I use my headamp
    very often....

  7. legg

    legg Guest

    Prices here seem fair, with new parts offered where applicable.

  8. When was russian anything even closely related to "good quality"?
  9. Olaf Kaluza

    Olaf Kaluza Guest

    Hm...I think their rockets never had a problem to choose between miles
    and meter and still working now.

  10. Their ICBMs are very high quality and very, very accurate. Good thing
    they were never tested in anger.

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  11. I wish we saw more imports from Russia and less from China. Victor Belenko
    (MiG 25 defector) suggested that low-cost private planes could use Russian
    airframes and US avionics.
  12. Russia is not a WTO member, so they're subject to all sorts of
    harassment and tariffs on their exports (eg. Jackson-Vanik).

    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
  13. It is strange that one is in the WTO and the other is in the G8. No sense
    to it.
  14. acccording to the russians?
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