Tube Testing Fun / Tube Tester Porn

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  1. StratStringSlinger

    StratStringSlinger Member

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    I've been using new production tubes in most of my tube amps now a days and really happy with many of the new offerings. However, some amps just work best with the original tube they came with. I recently bought a quad of Philips ECG 6L6GC's as a backup for one of my amps should the day come that the current set crap out. My neighbor and friend Chris from Merren Audio checked the tubes out for me to make sure they were good. Thanks to Chris for his generosity and time. It was the first time I saw tubes being testing and it was very interesting. Thought some people might enjoy the pictures...

    AVO Tester:
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    NOS Weston Tester from RCA Factory:
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    Gallery Supporting Member

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    I'd love to have a tube tester, but that looks intimidating
     
  3. Blue Strat

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    Overkill too! ;)
     
  4. tone?

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    Looks like something Doc made from back to the future lol
     
  5. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Most tube testers are simpler-a few switches and knobs to set. But they don't test the tube at full voltage, so they leave a lot of information uncertain. The Orange tester apparently does use high voltage, but the results are kind of opaque... It is easy to use, though.
     
  6. StratStringSlinger

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    He also had a TV2 and another model which was a consumer model that was lot less complicated. I don't know much about tube testing but from what I observed, I think once someone taught you the process it would be pretty easy to do.
     
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    traviswalk In the Great State Gold Supporting Member

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    One of those knobs is off slightly :cool:
     
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    Is that a digital readout on the upper one?:D
     
  9. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    Those are some bad ass tube testers!
     
  10. Trotter

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    Looks like fun!

    May your tubes bring you much joy
     
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    Cool pics!
    Wish they still had tube testers in drug stores like when I ws a kid. Wonder if some are hiding in the basement.

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  12. DaveKS

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    Well so how did the Philips test out? You can't just leave us hanging like this. :confused
     

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