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Old 15th August 2005, 11:44 AM   #1
pingfloid is offline pingfloid  Thailand
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Question Anyone using Chelmer Valves?

Do you know about Chelmer Valves? I think they're from the UK, but I doubt there's still a factory in the UK, so I wonder if they're NOS or maybe made in China.

Farnell in One is selling ECC83 = 9,14 , EL34 = 18,79 , KT88 = 46,83 (plus VAT) and I'm wondering if they are worth the price.
Svetlana, Sovtek, JJ, Electro Harmonix, Shino and Ei are cheaper than that.


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Old 15th August 2005, 06:13 PM   #2
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Chelmer is just a distributor.... Sort of like a UK version of Groove Tubes...They measure for matched sets and re-label the tubes and have thier own label tube boxes...
A number of years ago...they were unable to match tubes to my level of quality..so they were curteous and professional and offered full return...
A lot of people get a "woody" over Chelmer cause the company is in ENGLAND..and somehow drum up all this emotion from this association with ENGLAND that there must be some magic to the tubes... Give me a break...

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Old 15th August 2005, 07:15 PM   #3
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Default I wouldn't go near Chelmer with a barge pole

They ripped me off - a few years ago I ordered a 4212E from them, specifying that I was only interested in, NOS original box.

The one that arrived had been repackaged and was clearly used; they agreed that I could send it back for a refund, which I did prior to going abroad for 6 months (work placement).

I had to chase up the refund twice (no sign of it for weeks after it was promised) and when it did arrive it came with a 50 deduction for restocking (no mention of this originally from them, they just decided to apply it).

I complained to no avail, they even had the nerve to ignore my emails and being a few thousand miles away at the time couldn't be bothered to chase up, what with the cost of calls.

Two acquaintances of mine reported bad experiences with them but I won't go into hearsay now.

If I were you, I'd keep well clear.
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Old 15th August 2005, 07:37 PM   #4
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Tested Valves my A**E they couldn't supply a working Ei 6CA7 if their life depended on it,I know this valve had a reputation or two but I only wanted 4 at the time.

I have dealt with http://www.watfordvalves.com/ and have had excellent service from these guys.
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