What do you do with your old tubes?

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  1. Hugo Da Rosa

    Hugo Da Rosa Silver Supporting Member

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    Is there a proper way to dispose of them? Or is it just as simple as opening the trash can and dropping them in? I have a set of old tubes that are sitting at the bottom of my cab. They aren't dead but I keep them around in case my current tubes die during a gig and I need a quick replacement.
     
  2. Rosewood

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    I don't know why but I save all my old tubes and have them separated into U.S. and all the rest. I'm just weird.
     
  3. mike80

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    Mine get put into boxes and stored away just for those moments that I might need an extra tube because one goes bad, or my set is sounding dull and I don't have the money for new ones at the moment. Unless they are absolutely dead (lost vacuum, frosty, etc), I keep them.

    I've only thrown away one (decent) set of tubes, and I regretted that almost immediately. If they are surely dead, they definately get tossed. I usually give myself the satisfaction of busting them too.
     
  4. SatelliteAmps

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    Dead get trashed. Personally, I try to keep a few sets of pulls, just in case of emergency, and for testing at my shop. I try not to keep too many though, it's easy to lose track.
     
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    I have three categories:
    * Known working
    * Not sure (suspect, pulled and replaced)
    * Known dead

    The known dead get trashed. The suspect I label and retry later, and they're mixed with my known working but not in service tubes (labeled so I can distinguish). If a suspect one continues to be suspect after a couple of retries, it goes into the "known dead" column.
     
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  6. mark norwine

    mark norwine Member

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    After 30 years of amp work, I've finally learned:

    Bad tubes do not heal themselves by being put into a box & placed on a shelf.

    - If they're good, they go in amps
    - If they're bad, they go in the trash
     
  7. gkoelling

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    I don't work on amps, I just use them but I follow this method also.
     
  8. Rosewood

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    I can see it in 25 years on ebay, real glass tubes, dead but real glass, $450.
     
  9. Lonely Raven

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    I just make these quirky tube display stands by hand and put them on display. I've been considering putting colored LEDs in the sockets to light up the tubes in my next display stand.

    [​IMG]

    I used to put these up for sale here...I've not made any in a long while...
     
  10. Tonekat

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    Say, you're pretty multi-talented! Loved the pics of Heart in concert, looking forward to perusing the rest of your gallery.
     
  11. Steve Foley

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    I save the ones I think I might use again, or for spares. I sell the ones I'm pretty sure I won't need or want for cheap on the net.
    El Steve-0
     
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    I only get rid of tubes once they've gone bad and right in the trash they go.
     
  13. 12guitdown

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    I take the bad ones out in the backyard, stick them in a sheet of styrofoam so they're upright, walk back across the yard and grab my BB gun.:D
     
  14. Hugo Da Rosa

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    Do you have a spare gun? I'd like to bring my tubes over sometime :roll
     
  15. chaz

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    Make a chess set out of them. :D
     
  16. alltone

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    And I thought I was the only quirky one out there!!:moon
    These are out of the one and only 1970's Marshall I ever owned!!
    [​IMG]
     
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  17. aleclee

    aleclee TGP Tech Wrangler Staff Member

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    Just call 'em "NOS" like everyone else. :nono
     
  18. nitehawk55

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    Lots of sellers doing that :Spank
     
  19. phsyconoodler

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    Pretty creative stuff!
    However,there is some pretty nasty stuff inside a vacuum tube.I would contact my local fire dept. and ask them about the proper way to dispose of them.I would NEVER handle the stuff inside a vacuum tube!!!!
     
  20. 12guitdown

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    What's in em? I'd like to know.
     

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