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Where to buy cheap vacuum tubes?

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?

Thanks
 
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Fred Abse

Jan 1, 1970
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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?

Thanks

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.
 
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asdf

Jan 1, 1970
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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?

Thanks

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.
 
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Uwe Hercksen

Jan 1, 1970
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Seems there are quite a few sites offering them for audiophiles, but
their prices are usually outrageous.

Hello,

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.

Bye
 
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Olaf Kaluza

Jan 1, 1970
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Uwe Hercksen said:
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.

http://www.criseis.ruhr.de/roehre/bild5.jpg
http://www.criseis.ruhr.de/roehre/bild6.jpg

These are realy cheap tubes from poland and the qualtiy is
outstanding!

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

Olaf
 
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legg

Jan 1, 1970
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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?

Thanks

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

http://pacifictv.ca/

RL
 
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Cydrome Leader

Jan 1, 1970
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asdf said:
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.

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

Jan 1, 1970
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Cydrome Leader said:
When was russian anything even closely related to "good quality"?

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

Olaf
 
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Spehro Pefhany

Jan 1, 1970
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When was russian anything even closely related to "good quality"?

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


Best regards,
Spehro Pefhany
 
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Tom Del Rosso

Jan 1, 1970
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Lostgallifreyan said:
A Russian Oktava MK219 microphone is also good. To get that kind of
performance from a US made mic, for example, probably costs a grand.

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.
 
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Spehro Pefhany

Jan 1, 1970
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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.

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
 
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Tom Del Rosso

Jan 1, 1970
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Spehro said:
Russia is not a WTO member, so they're subject to all sorts of
harassment and tariffs on their exports (eg. Jackson-Vanik).

It is strange that one is in the WTO and the other is in the G8. No sense
to it.
 
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Cydrome Leader

Jan 1, 1970
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Spehro Pefhany said:
Their ICBMs are very high quality and very, very accurate. Good thing
they were never tested in anger.

acccording to the russians?
 
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