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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Wed 07, 2018 11:14 pm 
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Use to have over 300 radios. Got bored. They all did the same thing. Down to about 20 or so now. Then switched to test equipment. Last count I had around 70-80 tube testers. Thinned those out so I'm probably down to 60 or so, at least 40 of them are Supreme. I have two tube testers that I actually use.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 2:03 am 
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3 so far currently:

Hickok 539B
Heathkit TT-1A
I-177 made by Munson.


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 3:45 pm 
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Also had a large and varied collection of tube testers. Got rid
of most but kept two TV-7D's and an EICO 667. The latter tests
compactrons and later tubes. So far they have tested everything
I've needed to except transmitting tubes.
Steve

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 4:51 pm 
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Somehow worked down to 2 TV-10D/U, a TV-7D/U and a 539C. That's 1 too many for me. The 539C is an amazing calibrated (Paul Hart) example, but though I ALWAYS wanted one, I've used it maybe 4 times in a year. Due to its size, I keep it away from the bench, covered up like a baby. I ought to sell it and BUY something else! :D

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Thu 08, 2018 6:35 pm 
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Hey Steve ..... got an extra Hickok TV-2 kicking around ??? :roll: any condition. Plugging a hole in the collection you know :-D

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 12:11 am 
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Hey Steve ..... got an extra Hickok TV-2 kicking around ??? :roll: any condition. Plugging a hole in the collection you know :-D


Nope, no 2s. Got rid of a TV-7 and a TV-4 last year. Just have my 6000A left which I'm using.

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For the last 50+ years my main tester has been a 533, for tubes post 1960 or so, and the rare compactron I run across, a Heath IT-17 emission tester my Father built in the 70s.

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I'll use either a Sylvania 139, or a B+K 747, depending on the tube being tested. I test CRT's with either a B+K 440, or an Amphenol # 885. The Amphenol also provides a gas test.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 11:19 pm 
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I'm starting to cut back on my collection,I'm 87 and it's time.I have about 50 or 60 pieces of testing equipment,including 12 tube testers.The one I use most is my Eico 666,it will test most of the tubes I run into.I like the short test.


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Fri 09, 2018 11:46 pm 
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I have 4 tube testers.
EICO 624 from 1950'S? -recapped and calibrated
EMC 211 from 1960's --meter not working very well :cry:
Precision 912 from 1945- needs recapped and calibrated
Jackson 427A from 1930's -needs recapped and calibrated

These testers mostly test only tubes from their era. The EICO does not have some of the older tubes on it's chart. That has caused a problem. My EMC had the tube on its chart, but the meter is bad. So, I finally went to the Precision which had the older type tube on it's chart. So it is true that the meters are not all the same. I feel now I have a good array of meters to cover all eras of tubes to be tested.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
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I use a B&K 747 and a Heathkit TC-2. I also have a B&K 465 for CRTs.

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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 3:42 am 
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I have two TV-2 kicking around, I may give up one. PM me.

I only have 150 tube tester. Need to get down to about 10.

The problem is what to keep.

Jimmie Stewart


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 Post subject: Re: How many tube testers does one need?
PostPosted: Mar Sat 10, 2018 6:11 am 
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Ahhh, feeling much better :lol: Sold the 539C that I used maybe 3 or 4 times in the past 6 months so I thought I'd buy something else... So my wife decided we need a new chair! :roll: Happy Wife = Happy Life! :) Got 'em down to three above the bench and that's a plenty!

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