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Old 7th August 2003, 04:55 PM   #1
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Default Tube condition question

I just get some NOS KT88 (anyway that what the seller said) but
it looks like been used. Is there a simple way to test a tube conidition ? e.g. mesaure plate current ??
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Old 9th August 2003, 09:50 AM   #2
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If it was described as being NOS but is used, then it's time to have a stiff word with the seller. If there are areas of brown discolouration on the glass, or the paint is less than perfectly white, or the GEC logo is discoloured, then it has had significant use (more than that required for testing/matching). An electrical test probably won't tell you very much as valves vary, and a brand-new valve could show less emission than a used valve. There is no reliable way of making an electrical measurement and predicting lifetime.

There's no problem with buying a used valve rather than NOS, but the price should reflect the condition. Who was this cowboy - so we can avoid him/her?
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Old 9th August 2003, 09:55 AM   #3
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Hi Dan,

I just looked at the 300B amp on your website.
Nice idea to use 3 sub-chassis L-PSU-R.
What are the output transformers?

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Old 9th August 2003, 10:45 AM   #4
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Hi John,
The O/P transformer is the one I talking about, R-core transformer. 5k/20W. The sub-chassis is my friend idea because I can't find a single one strong enough to support the weight. It looks great.
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Old 9th August 2003, 10:55 AM   #5
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Hi EC8010,
I bought from French through E-Bay, the GEC logo get worn out and have some discolouration on the glass. I paid under the brand new price but about the used price.
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