• WARNING: Tube/Valve amplifiers use potentially LETHAL HIGH VOLTAGES.
    Building, troubleshooting and testing of these amplifiers should only be
    performed by someone who is thoroughly familiar with
    the safety precautions around high voltages.

Anyone using Chelmer Valves?

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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.


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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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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