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Old 27th April 2004, 07:01 PM   #1
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Old 27th April 2004, 07:04 PM   #2
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Sure sounds like a joke, or someone looking for the ultimate sucker. Anyone can gold plate tube pins with a relatively small investment in electroplating hardware.
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Old 27th April 2004, 07:57 PM   #3
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Hi,

Actually this happens from time to time but it's rare that these "accidents" hit the market.

I've had other small signal tubes that had gold plated pins even though they have no professional equivalent whatsoever.

In the case of the TFK 12AX7s I doubt someone took the effort of electroplating the pins afterwards....
There's really little to gain from it unless perhaps you live in a very humid climate.

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Old 27th April 2004, 10:47 PM   #4
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Default Bargain!

I have a very unusual pair of Mazda ECC83 with gold-plated pins, and a number of Brimar ECC83 with gold-plated pins, so gold-plating ECC83/12AX7 wasn't that rare. In recognition of their reduced rarity value, I am happy to accept bids in the region of $100,000 (or very near offer)...

Just in case anyone feels I am breaking the rules about commercial posts, if I sell two pairs at the above price, I will pay diyAudio's hosting costs for the year. That seems fair.
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Old 27th April 2004, 10:47 PM   #5
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HAHAHAHAHA $1,000,000!?

I think the name "Vintagerat" does him to a T

Hopefully ebay will do something!
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Old 27th April 2004, 11:19 PM   #6
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The item on ebay actually hasn't had any edits, so those "Updates" or the "Important note" from my understanding were placed there at the same time the text up above was placed.

I think this because usually ebay itself places a:
"Seller added 'this'" and actually devides the old post and new post in half.

I've also noticed before that "vintage-rat" has sold legit and not rediculously priced items before on ebay..

So, shrug.
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Old 28th April 2004, 06:06 AM   #7
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Hi,

From what I heard this Ebay item was placed to function as a warning against someone who actually is selling goldplated TFK tubes on E-bay.

The TFK tubes earlier advertised on E-bay, (I dont want to mention the sellers name) where goldplated by him and avertised as something completely unique that of course should be extremely expensive, from what I heard quite many people have bought these goldplated TFK's for outrageous amount of cash believing that really found something unique.

As the current E-bay add is so clearly something strange the idea was, (from what I heard) to explain quite frankly that other gold plated TFK's are indeed a fraud, without actually eaccusing someone of fraud, (from what I heard there has been a lawsuit from the fraud seller towards the current "seller" Vintage rat.

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Old 28th April 2004, 06:23 AM   #8
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For years Radio Shack sold tubes with gold plated pins. A simple marketing trick. However I believe that Western Electric also did it on some low level tubes.

Would a Radio Shack version of a Mullard ECC83/12AX7 command a premium price?
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Old 28th April 2004, 06:28 AM   #9
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WOW Things begin to unravel...

I suppose the first seller could afford a suit now too... I won't say anything more... might get one myself.
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