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Old 7th March 2012, 04:57 PM   #31
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A little tip about Solen... A couple times I've asked for products not listed on their site from Dayton. Like the EMM6 mic or Dayton waveguides. They've always said they can get it for me. And it always cost pretty much the same as PE. So unless you want something like and Usher product or some pro gear, I think about any diy product should be attainable through sources other than PE.

+1 on using USPS if going through PE. I'm pretty sure they offer USPS.
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Old 7th March 2012, 10:48 PM   #32
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I just added Solen on my list of suppliers, I have not had a chance to check and compare prices ,but the the same L-pads are half the price of what I paid at Parts Express.
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Old 8th March 2012, 04:55 PM   #33
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I got dinged by Fedex a few months ago, even though I thought I should not have had to pay anything - the shipping was international express or something, which includes brokerage fees. I ended up paying about $15 in "disbursement" and "COD" fees which basically means paying Fedex for their having paid the duty/tax in advance for me, in order to release the package to me. All $8 of it.

Apparently (according to Fedex), you can pay the duty/tax to Fedex in advance so that you do not have to pay these fees. You need to call them with your tracking number a.s.a.p. and request paying the fees in advance (maybe you need to explicity deny them the ability to pay for you? I don't know). I haven't tested this but next time I will.
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Old 8th March 2012, 06:15 PM   #34
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You might also want to try out NuTech in Hamilton, Ontario and they have a place in St. Catherine's but I haven't been there. The website pretty much sucks, but when you go in there, you can definitely find a good array parts and components at competitive prices (no speakers parts though). The best thing is that I have never got any dodgy or questionable parts from Nutech. I refer to this because there is another chain components seller (begins with an S) in southern Ontario that the electrolytic capacitors I bought tested way out of spec and the a few ICs didn't work right off the bat.

Call the Nutech Hamilton location on the phone (or if you can go in) and you will get awesome service. If they don't have it, they can order it in -- don't see the output transformer? They can get it. That Nat Semi Monolithic chip you always wanted? Those too. And the prices are very competitive.

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Another place where I get some stuff is at Creatron in Toronto. The stuff here is pretty reliable and they will order something in that they don't usually carry (like opAmps and ICs). I get my Arduino boards and shields here and will pick up some capacitors and resistors depending on the projects I am working on. Probably not pro-audio grade components, but not far off. They have some tempting stuff in there in terms of bench testing equipment, oscilloscopes, and variable power sources, but it is all made in China.

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And for metalized capacitors and other pro-audio grade stuff, I go back to Hamilton to the Tube Store (they advertise here at diyAudio). You can go to their shop (it is a challenge to find the front door) and get stuff. Be prepared to be amazed though, they have tubes... which with a store name like that, is a good thing I went in there and there was a carton of vintage DHT, 813, and 845 tubes -- they let me play with one (it was a dead 813) while my order was being picked and processed. Anyway, you look from the one side of the counter and realize that this is the place where those pictures you see on the internet of boxes and boxes of unsorted vintage tubes goes to. The guys in there are nice and helpful. Again , their website is not that good and not all that up to date, so call. And one time I went in there, I swear someone was finishing playing the electric guitar inside the warehouse.

www.thetubestore.com - Your online source for amplifier tubes!

tl;dr -- all the places I go to for electronics and components are in Southern Ontario, they all have sucky websites but really good walk-in and phone service with awesome selection and good pricing.
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Old 8th March 2012, 08:34 PM   #35
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A good list of Canadian suppliers already, which is good to know, I'll check in on some of them.
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Old 9th July 2012, 03:29 PM   #36
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You can order parts from Parts-Express through A-One Counterparts in London.
The web is A-One Counterparts 519-691-0111. This should avoid the extra broker fee problem.
Email is sales@a-1counterparts.com. Just email them with the PE part number and they will give you your price from them. It is usually the same as the PE price.
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Last week I ordered a pair HDS tweeters fr Solen.ca ,S&H charge cost me
Cdn$ 16. Canada post has way keept me informed ...it took only 3 days from
Longeuil ,PQ to Vancouver,BC That is 1st rate service for both companies .
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Old 6th August 2012, 01:53 PM   #38
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Yes - the old UPS or Fed Ex brokerage Fees.

Here are a few options to avoid this

1) I've found ABRA Electronics in Montreal to be able to get higher end jFET and MOSFET's.
Even though they are not listed on their website.

2) Parts Connexion has good caps and resistors.
Take Five Audio has OCC copper wire and cable.

3) Antek has good transformers and cases - have them shipped by USPS.

Or you could have large or heavy items shipped to a UPS Store - just on the US side.
Drive down - cross the boarder - and clear the items though Canada Revenue yourself.
Here in Ottawa, I have over sized or heavy items shipped to the UPS Store in Ogdensberg, N.Y.
Then drive down and pick them up myself.
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Old 7th August 2012, 07:37 AM   #39
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Justradios.com has very reasonsble prices on caps and resistors, I get most from there, they seem to be adding more variety to their order list every year, great for working on old radios, but not so much for SS amps that I want to keep as original in values as possible, then I use Ebay.
Ebay the caps will probally be old stock by a few years, better then what I am taking out of the HK PM665 right now.
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Old 7th August 2012, 08:24 AM   #40
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A while back I ordered a handfull of transistors, from Unfairchild direct worth 15 $.
They shipped it with FedEx and billed me more than 100$ for shipping, and it came in a box the size of a small summerhouse
A little detail they conveniently forget to mention in the midts of all the talk of avoiding fakes etc.
Ebay might be more cost efective, even if you get screwed 2 out of 3 times
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