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Old 16th May 2007, 06:20 AM   #1
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Default Tube sockets without the ceramic carrier.

Does anyone sell tube sockets without the ceramic or plastic carrier? I couldn't find it in a search.
I mean just the metal part of the socket that will solder directly to a pcb independent of each other. So there will be a ring of pins sticking out of the pcb. I vaguely remember seeing a picture somewhere but I can't be sure.
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Old 16th May 2007, 06:56 AM   #2
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why not just buy a socket and break the ceramic?

they are very easy to break. and with care, you can avoid damaging the pin sockets.
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Old 16th May 2007, 07:13 AM   #3
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Hi,

You want individual I.C. or header pin sockets of appropriate size. Seen that a few times for oddball tubes, like 10-pin minatures or nixies in PCB's. IIRC, Motorola was the first to start the trend.

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The metal part of the ceramic sockets are not very good as they are made of folded metal sheet.
I wanted machined sockets like what you find in machined IC sockets but larger.
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You can find appropriate pin sockets made by Mill-Max from either Digi-Key or Mouser. Choose the socket size based on the pin diameter of the tube in question. Also, an open-ended sockt would probably be best, so you can snug those tubes right down in the socket without bottoming out the pins.
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Old 16th May 2007, 08:24 AM   #6
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Get a DB-25 male plug and take the metallic sockets out, they fit nicelly on noval and similar size pins.
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