Re-tension a tube socket ???

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  1. illinimax

    illinimax Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got an output tube that's loose in its socket. How does one go about tightening up the pins?

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. Wakarusa

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    I'll throw $0.02 in here...

    For a tired socket my first recommendation (and the immediate action on any amp I personally own) is to replace the socket.

    If you feel strongly about not replacing the socket you can use a small dental pick to try to bend the pin contacts back into place. As usual, make sure the amp is de-energized and that all caps have been discharged. Note that bendings the pin contacts back doesn't always yield good results. It can also stress the metal resulting in another failure down the road.
     
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    Go with a new socket, they are cheap. Angela Instruments deals with the general public and has an assortment of octal sockets.
     
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    illinimax Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. I got in there last night and could see that a replacement job was in order as both of you mentioned.
     
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    Hopefully it's a PCB mounted affair, so you can have a little extra fun! :p Just kidding.
     
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    illinimax Gold Supporting Member

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    Thankfully, no!
     
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