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 Post subject: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a friend
PostPosted: Jul Mon 29, 2019 9:01 pm 
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A retired Zenith engineer who passed away had a bunch of tubes that i'd like to pass on to a new home. I've got little use for them but I told the family i'd do my best to find a good home for them. I have done a bit of research but have gotten to a point of information overload. Most are new in boxes and a few are loose. I have a list below if anyone sees anything they need or if they'd be kind enough to tell me if there are some of these that are super valuable?

81
81
868
868
868
868
5879
12AU6
12AU7
12AU7
12AU7A
12AU7A
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AU7A | ECC82
12AV7
12AX7A
12BA6
12BD6
12BR7
12GN7A | 12HG7
12J5
19AU4
35Z5GT
35Z5GT
3A3S | 3AW3 | 3B2
50L6GT
50L6GT
5U4BB
5Z
5Z3
6A?5 (MAYBE AN 8)
6A7
6AB4
6AB4
6AB4
6AB4
6AD10
6AG5
6AG5
6AG7
6AH4GT
6AH6
6AK5
6AN8
6AQ5A
6AQ5A
6AQ5A
6AQ5A | 6HG5
6AQ5A | 6HG5
6AQ5A 6HG5
6AR5
6AS8
6AU6
6AU6
6AU6A
6AU6A
6AU6A
6AU8
6AU8
6AW8A
6AZ8
6BC7
6BF5
6BK4B
6BK5
6BK7A
6BLB | ECF80
6BM8 | ECL82
6BQ7A
6BU8
6BX7GT
6BZ6
6C4
6C4
6C4
6C4
6C4
6CA7
6CB6 | 411-67
6CB6A | 6CF6
6CL3
6CL6
6CL6
6CL8A
6CS7
6D10
6DE6
6DQ5
6E5
6EA8
6GF7
6GH8A
6GK5 | 6FQ5A
6GM6
6J5
6J5GT
6J6A
6J6A
6J6A
6N7
6S4A
6S4A
6SC7
6SF5
6SF5
6SJ7
6SQ7
6T8
6V3A
6V4 | EZ80
6X9
ECC82 | 12AU7A
ECC82 | 12AU7A
EM84 | 6FG6
EZ81 | 6CA4
GAC7
GAL5
GAQ5A | 6HG5
GAV6
OB2
50L6GT
6V6GT | K7M
Out of package

1629
6E5
12AU6
12AX7
12SK7
32252H (OR 1-1)
35Z5GT
42
50L6GT
50L6GT
50L6GT
554G
5U45U4-G | VT244
5V4G
5V4GA
5Z4 | VT-74
6AFM
6AU4GTA
6BG6
6CA7
6CA7
6J5
6J5
6JD6
6L6GA
6N7
6SA7
6SA7GT/G
6SF5
6SG7
6SG7
6SGT
6SK7
6V6GT
6V6GT
6V6GT/G
6X5GT
6X5GT
6Y9 | EFL200
GAX4GT
GSQ7GT/C


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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 12:09 am 
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It all depends on what you expect to get out of them. If you just want to get rid of all of them at once, you could place an ad on the classified forum here, pick your price, and see if anyone grabs them. Photos of the bunch, or perhaps a few showing groups of maybe 20 at a time, would help.

Without testing them, particularly the more sought after ones, the price will be lower but at least they'd get into hands that might want to use, or resell, most of them.

You'd have to pick a number... I'll throw out $175 for all as perhaps a starting point. Shipping would be extra. You can always reduce the price after posting it, if no one bites.

WAIT AND SEE others who answer this thread, and then average all the suggestions. :). I do not buy and sell tubes, but others here do. I'm just going by what I've seen in the past at auctions, or here in the classifieds.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 12:13 am 
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6V6, 6CA7, 6CA4, 6BM8, 6E5, EM84, 12AX7, have some value, especially new-in-box. Though the brand often is a factor - some brands bring a lot more. Even the common 12AU7 may have some value if branded Telefunken, Mullard or Amperex. 868 is a battery tube that can be used to replace some rare tubes in vintage radios.

Boxed tubes aren't always new - testing them will be required to bring the most value. And even more so for used tubes. You might take a look at the list on findatube.com to see what new and good tested ones bring.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 1:59 am 
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Tom Bavis wrote:
868 is a battery tube that can be used to replace some rare tubes in vintage radios.


You are thinking of the 864 tube. The type 868 tube is a photocell.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 3:46 pm 
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Besides findatube.com there are several other tube vendors that may be interested in buying tubes.
By the time you lean enough about tube value and evaluate them you will have spent more time than they are worth. Forget about trying to outfox someone that is a tube dealer and make a killing, they know the value of the tubes. You have a lot of tubes but individually most are not worth much even if they are unused. I've been to many local auctions and a box of 100 tubes in unknown condition commonly could go for about $30-50.
Some other places to check out.
https://vacuumtubesinc.com/
http://www.esrcvacuumtubes.com/
https://www.vivatubes.com/
Some of them like esrctubes have representatives that travel to conventions around the country at different times and they can examine your tubes.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 4:03 pm 
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Thanks. Mostly I am just wanting to make sure there aren't any in there that are super valuable. $1-$20 I'm sure the family is good with just getting them off to people who will use them. If anyone is local to Northern Illinois they could have a field day w/ everything he left me.
I can finally post a link so here is what he has left.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gx10mlhmd7rl ... 0wgMa?dl=0


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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
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I did a quick scan through all the electronics items. I didn't note anything at all in there that is super valuable, although you could maybe get $30 to $50 for the Heathkit items and perhaps some of the other test equipment on ebay, if you want to put up with their process.

All those relays are virtually useless these days.... I have a few bushel baskets full myself, just to prove it.

Good luck... might be best to haul it all to the next ham or swap meet that comes along and you'll probably be able to get a lot of it vacuumed up there, if your prices are right. Or perhaps make a deal with someone who does such shows.

Lots of luck to ya :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 6:35 pm 
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
I did a quick scan through all the electronics items. I didn't note anything at all in there that is super valuable, although you could maybe get $30 to $50 for the Heathkit items and perhaps some of the other test equipment on ebay, if you want to put up with their process.

All those relays are virtually useless these days.... I have a few bushel baskets full myself, just to prove it.

Good luck... might be best to haul it all to the next ham or swap meet that comes along and you'll probably be able to get a lot of it vacuumed up there, if your prices are right. Or perhaps make a deal with someone who does such shows.

Lots of luck to ya :)

I was looking at the relays on ebay (filtering for sold) and I saw some of them actually sold for $50+. Some were "listed" well above that that have not sold but the ones that sold tell me some of them have a decent value. I did investigate values of all the items mostly using ebay sold queries and for the most part I did confirm what you saw. I think the components and stuff I've got would be useful to someone who does lots of restorations on older equipment. THere are no SMD components, just surface. Lots of odd things, chips, tons of boxes of older resistors (may be 1/4W haven't checked). I'd be happy to get them to someone local perhaps if nothing else who could use them.

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Tue 30, 2019 11:11 pm 
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I'm sorry to hear of your loss. By the fine appearance of his shop, he must have been quite talented and capable.

He was very kind and gifted you good tools and parts. Our hobby is extremely accessible; why not join in? If you don't have the time now, consider finding a safe storage location and come back to it when you have time. Take care, Dean


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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
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You mentioned that you are in northern Illinois. This might be short notice but there is an antique radio fest in Addison this weekend. At the very least you might get some good local contacts.
viewtopic.php?f=24&t=361383

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 Post subject: Re: Hey guys, new here. Acquired a ton of tubes from a frie
PostPosted: Jul Wed 31, 2019 3:53 pm 
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Thanks guys, the shop is mine. The tons of boxes and part holders strewn about it are his. I've got way too many hobbies right now to get into this although I do dabble in some SMD electronics and circuitry. Mostly LED and pi/arduino based stuff. The meeting of two worlds here. I'm fascinated by the tube driven technology but just don't have time for another hobby right now. Perhaps one day I'll revisit that but for now there is only so much time in my day :)

Dave


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