Sometimes the tube stars align just right.....

charles hidalgo

Not a nobody
..... and with a vague ad for a variac and tv tubes you follow a hunch . 🤞Then you see the boxes and boxes of tubes, and as you open one there they are. Let's just say this.... 2a3's, 45'5. 6l6's, EL34's, 9 pins, rectifiers, and octals galore. In 25 years this has happened twice now. Yesterday was fun.

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charles hidalgo

Not a nobody
Sorry I’ve been swamped. There’s an huge (I’m talking maybe 800+) amount of tubes to go through that it will take months. I’ve been separating audio from TV and then I’ll start from there. Then I’m cleaning the tubes one at a time that I want to test. There’s enough tubes for instance that I can do a few batches at a time. So the last two nights after cleaning some for example I brought in about 50 tubes to start with. Mostly stuff I currently use and some that caught my attention. So I’ve tested about 60 tubes in the last two nights and about 80% tested good enough to keep and out of those about 60% tested new or almost new. I’m talking everything from 2a3’s to 71A’s, 45’s (up to about 12 pairs already) 6l6’s and tons of 6sn7’s and others just got started. I’ve never personally seen GOOD desired audio tubes in this amount in one find. EVER! I found a ton of tubes one other time but they were not even close to the quality and quantities that this is yielding. The pic of the table is what I brought in last night and I did the same Friday night. There’s hundreds to go. I just grabbed a few examples to show what’s coming out of this find. Two of the 4 tube testers I purchased have checked out next to my calibrated ones as being correct also which is really rare (in my case anyway) so that was great also. Purchased some random other stuff also like a signal generator and a really nice variac. I’ve included some shots of tubes I personally would use in my gear. I’ll just give an example. I’ve tested, labeled, and boxed up probably a dozen closely testing 45’s alone along with 4 pairs of new testing 2A3’s, about 10 pairs of 71A’s and the same with 6L6’s and that’s just in two evenings. It will take a long time to go through it all but I had to dig in and seriously see what I was dealing with and it’s been amazing so far. Don’t get me wrong there’s a ton of junk too but it’s the one at a time process that will take time as not to let any good ones get away. I think it’s the least I owe the gentleman who passed.
 

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charles hidalgo

Not a nobody
No TV-7, or 10 (but I own a minty TV-7 I use weekly, but I indeed scored some B&K and Seco stuff. :)
 

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charles hidalgo

Not a nobody
I took the major chance in buying all this stuff not having the ability to see if any of it worked due to location. The kids (ranging from 40-60 years old) said he was at the bench the night before he died so I had to make my mind up. When I saw a glimpse of the guitars the guy had we started in negotiating on the tube stuff I wanted till we came to an agreement. I will say the one daughter I was dealing with till the end wanted eBay top dollar asking prices for untested tubes and gear. The rest of the siblings were the voices of reason and why we finally agreed on a price. I will also say the guitars alone which there were over 15 should fetch them almost six figures I bet. They knew that. But this stuff was outside in a shop so it was dusty and not as flashy as the guitars and guitar amps (which he had several as well. I’ll just say I can make my money back if I sold a few matched pairs of 2A3’s, or some of these choice EL34’s.
An unassuming trailer park double wide housed all this beautiful gear. There’s enough good testing batches of closely matching same type tubes to build a few new amps around some interesting types I’ve never previously owned.
 

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Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
What’s the story behind this? Typo gone famous?
Didn’t stay long enough over there to find out.
I don't know - maybe a typo, or maybe someone was trying to stamp out 'score' posts, so someone rearranged to 'scroe' to try and avoid the ban? I'm not there enough to really know.
 
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