I never suggested that the tube testing service should be free.
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Great suggestion. I looked into buying a tester.
As gdnrbob mentioned, they are not cheap to buy and maintain.
With the various adapters to accommodate 300B, 45 and 9-pin tubes for example, it would cost about $2,000 for a good tester......that also measures shorts and gas leaks.
That may end up being my only option, but I'm still curious to know why dealers can't (don't) provide this service. If they charged $10/tube, they pay for the tester with 200 tubes tested.
In my business, every time I am able to meet a customer, it is an opportunity to sell something. The acquisition cost of gaining a new customer is a lot more than $10.
If a dealer sold me a new $5,000 turntable or cartridge, while I was in their store getting a 300B tested, I guess that would be upside for the dealer.
Thank you dill,
Here is some additional info that might be of interest to others:
Which Tube Tester is Right For You:
This Space Tech Tester is the One I was Considering:http://www.thebestamp.com/Testing_Equipment/WTT-2.php
Maybe I should buy one of these testers, and offer my services to the local audio dealers and audiophiles? Unbelievable.
Bill_K, thank you for accurately describing the type of tube testing audiophiles need and the additional equipment needed to perform the various tests.
I wish there were more dealers like Deja Vu Audio that Jond works with.
I'm not seeing any disagreement with the need for good tube testing from local dealers, just road blocks based on cost, time and perhaps lack of demand.