- 50 posts total
- 50 posts total
I bought two kits full of bits and pieces and countless tubes at a garage sale. The old guy used to repair electronics as a service tech and carry these around in the van. The tubes are quite old and unopened in their individual boxes. If I were to sell them I would likely choose the term NOS as they are new in the box but 70 years old. How would you better identify them?
70 years old.. So you know he had them from day one? and just because they are nice old boxes, does not mean they were never opened and different tubes (used) placed in them. Sure CALLING THEM NOS is fine. but the fact is they are all used, maybe gently used, but USED.
Then my comment about all that are left are the unwanted tubes!I guarantee folks bought cases and cases of tubes, selecting the best to use (up) and selling off the lesser ones. over and over. So now, IMO anything even remotely 'like new' is because they sounded like garbage back in the day.. OR, It got pulled from some organ, or other dead electronics in some old guys shop. (and put back into nice new looking boxes LOL)
Vacuum tube commerce has collapsed in the 40+ year lapse since I abandoned them. All of the principal domestic, British, Dutch, and German producers are now either defunct (like Tung-Sol Electric, my employer from ’57-’60), or they’ve long since ceased making tubes. The entire world market for (receiving-type) tubes is now confined to a small coterie of audiophiles and guitar buffs, and served only by obscure Russian and Chinese suppliers with no previous market recognition. (There are other minor sources in former Soviet bloc countries.) The quality, consistency, and reliability of the tubes made by those arcane foreign suppliers is a subject of concern. And those sources will persist only as long as there’s viable demand, so the outlook for assured access to replacement stock seems dicey. Further, this situation prevails at a time when every instrumented means of evaluating audio quality validates the superiority of modern solid state design. Tube boosters reply that “my ears are more accurate than your instruments”, but their faith is mired in groupthink. There’s no credible A/B/X aural evidence to support the “tubes sound better” cult. Vacuum tubes are the remnants of a dead technology. Don’t consort with zombies.