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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Wed 23, 2017 4:27 pm 
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Pixellany has got it. The word 'need'. But he mentioned a 10-12. I know
I have one, needing repairs. But I haven't found it in years.

So the collective noun for tube testers is apparently " hoard' .

Show us your hoard of tube testers.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Wed 23, 2017 5:12 pm 
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A man with One Tube Tester knows whether or not a tube is good or bad. A man with Two or More Tube Testers is Never quite sure! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Wed 23, 2017 8:50 pm 
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Oh, c'mon, guys. Admit that using them is fun. All those switches and settings! Happy fingers!

I used to have half a dozen or so and I parted with all but one with great reluctance. I kept my WE Cardmatic because it's a good tester and I love the ker-CHUNK when the pins drop down through the holes in the punched cards.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Wed 23, 2017 9:44 pm 
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One TV-2 does it for me. I've no interest in collecting tube testers.

Now ask me how many VTVMs I have :-)

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 24, 2017 12:10 pm 
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As many as one can get :mrgreen:


I'd like to expand on that thought with : "how many are there" ?? My goal is to collect enough that if I were to take one tube and test it in every tester, by the time I am done, the world will have reverted to all tubes again :-D

My favorite right now is a standup "U-TEST-EM" drugstore tester. It's a "prop" at the entrance to my shop where I build cutting edge state of the art TV broadcast systems. A nice conversation starter

I put a small one in a rack mount, and sometimes screw it into a client's project while I am doing final testing. All kinds of comments............


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 24, 2017 2:30 pm 
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stevebyan wrote:
One TV-2 does it for me. I've no interest in collecting tube testers.
Now ask me how many VTVMs I have :-)


Perfectly logical. TV-2 + VTVM collection = meter fetish.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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I own several, and also own a GR vacuum tube bridge, but for servicing radios and instruments I normally use one of two - a Hickok 533 is my primary tester, with a restored EICO 625 for emission testing.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 24, 2017 8:51 pm 
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I bet you don't have one like this

As stated: "most connections are complete" & "Rare & different connected Tubes "

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-SECO-El ... 0005.m1851

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Aug Thu 24, 2017 9:12 pm 
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I bet you don't have one like this


Holy Volume Testing, Batman!! 5 at a time ... why why whyyyyy.... I could test an entire tube caddy full in under an hour.... :)


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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I'm seeing steam punk on way too many eBay tube tester auctions lately... :? even art deco under closed tube testers searches yields hits..... argggh.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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glue_ru wrote:
I bet you don't have one like this
Most everyone who has worked on TV's had one of those. I still have one around here somewhere.


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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I must be nuts because I like pretty much everything with tubes and that has to do with tubes. As far as need tube testers you probably do if you have 10 or 15 thousand tubes and want to sell them. Besides I like em :mrgreen: I currently have a Hickok 600, 600a, 534, Seco 88, Mercury 1100A and a Mercury 201 Drug store tester as well as 3 or 4 little heater testers. The drug store Mercury was given to me ( no cabinet ) in a wooden base and for a laugh I put it down at my pops tv repair store. He is 87 and liked to tell the story of an old lady some years back who came in with a bag of tubes to be tested. He said lady you see that bench that is where it used to be until I got rid of it and all the tubes I had. So when he was out I put it on the bench with a sign above that says Free Tube Testing. Wanted to see how long it took for him to notice it. Didnt take long. Still there and has actually been used several times. :lol: As well as the testers, I have tube amplifiers and radios, tuners and quite a bit of old test equipment, havnt counted all the test equipment but would guess 30 or so. On top of that have the little Motorola vt-71 tv, as well as a few other odd balls. I think it probably is because in the late 70s when I was 18 or 19 I had a one room apartment about 10 X20 with a shower house out side. In it I had a drug store tube tester filled with tubes and would go down to the tv stores and get the old tube consoles that needed repaired and they didnt want. Would take them home fix and repair them. I had consoles stacked along one wall and could barely move in there. :mrgreen: To the op of the thread pretty sure the only help is to just buy some more :mrgreen: Sam


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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I had a friend, who has since passed, that used to say collecting radio and such was a disease. He was super nice guy that collected radios and the nicest music boxes I’ve ever seen. I think he hit the nail on the head about collecting radios! In the last few years, seems like I got “bit” by the tube tester collecting bug. I’ve bought and sold a few… I get self-conscience about having too many and sell 1 or 2. I may have had as many as 6 or more at once, then slimmed it down. Seems like when I get to 5, it bothers me (never had that problem with radios!). Always wanted a TV-10D, a TV-7D and a 539C and now have them. The TV-7B and 800 w/CA-4 got me up to 5 again and I’m getting “antsy” about it. I have NO idea why I think I need that many tube testers, but having a few hundred radios doesn’t bother me at all, LOL!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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Seems like every time I decide to sell a tester, I turn around and buy another, like I needed it or something.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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Dnitram wrote:
A man with One Tube Tester knows whether or not a tube is good or bad. A man with Two or More Tube Testers is Never quite sure! :lol:


that is why you need more than 3

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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that is why you need more than 3

3?? THREE?????? is more than 20 bad? ;-)

Question: How many do you need
Answer: How many are there

muahahahahaha


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
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that is why you need more than 3

3?? THREE?????? is more than 20 bad? ;-)

Question: How many do you need
Answer: How many are there

muahahahahaha


lol, 20 is good, 30 is even better.. How many in your 'warehouse' Barry.

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