Where/who do you trust when buying tubes?

To this point I've bought a few tubes from fellow Polkies and have no problem with that, but I'm looking for a source or two that I can turn to when there are no tubes for sale here.

Where do you turn to if you're wanting to replace tubes or just try something different?
Yep, my name really is Bob

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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,829
    edited October 13
    EBay and Brent Jesse. One eBay seller i have had great luck with is Presence.
  • Jim ShearerJim Shearer Posts: 334
    most trusted source I know is Jim McShane:
    http://www.mcshanedesign.net/


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  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 1,905
    +1 for Brent Jesse
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,829
    Somewhere on here is a sticky that Tom (treitz) put together of all the tube sellers. Some links may not work anymore but it is extensive.
  • trav0810trav0810 Posts: 852
    I'm a big fan of Brent Jesse and his site.
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,661
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Somewhere on here is a sticky that Tom (treitz) put together of all the tube sellers. Some links may not work anymore but it is extensive.

    I recall that but can't seem to find it.........
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  • agfrostagfrost Posts: 1,978
    Jay
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  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 1,240
    Andy at Vintage Tube Services.
    Call his land line, he's old school and helpful (616) 454-3467

    http://vintagetubeservices.com

    and

    Brock turned (some of us) on to . . .

    http://www.nostubestore.com
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  • muncybobmuncybob Posts: 1,661
    This is great info...mucho appreciate!

    A question though. I notice that when I power on my pre in the first few seconds after I hear a crackling sound. This happens even with the volume down to zero. I also notice that no matter what source on the pre is selected, if I rotate the volume back & forth at the 12 o'clock position I can hear a faint crackle there too.

    I presume the volume knob crackle is something in that itself and really not a big deal since at that level you would never hear it anyways with a source playing. The initial power on crackle has me concerned.
    Yep, my name really is Bob
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 488
    Who do you trust when tying tubes?
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 1,506
    Viking64 wrote: »
    Who do you trust when tying tubes?

    My dentist tied mine.
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  • soundfreak1soundfreak1 Posts: 2,708
    Another vote for Brent Jesse. Have bought from and sold to him. A good experience both ways.
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  • SCompRacerSCompRacer Posts: 6,570
    edited October 15
    Another vote for Brent Jesse. I have purchased tubes and a tube tester from him.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 27,621
    MrBuhl wrote: »
    +1 for Brent Jesse

    This guy....he may not be the absolute cheapest, but he has quality and stands behind it. Plus he's local to me, real local. If you don't see what your looking for on his list of tubes, shoot him an email and ask him directly. Not everything makes the list in a timely fashion but the man knows what he has.
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 7,829
    tonyb wrote: »
    MrBuhl wrote: »
    +1 for Brent Jesse

    This guy....he may not be the absolute cheapest, but he has quality and stands behind it. Plus he's local to me, real local. If you don't see what your looking for on his list of tubes, shoot him an email and ask him directly. Not everything makes the list in a timely fashion but the man knows what he has.

    Very true Tony. I once emailed him about a substitute for 6SN7 tube i could run in my tube buffer. He came back with a pair of 1940's 6BL7 triple mica. I've searched long and hard I have not found another like it in plate structure. Best money I ever spent cost me 40$ which I considered a steal
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 15,087
    Yes, he's good and he really (really) knows his stuff. His website is a primary resource for intelligence on vacuum tubes for audio applications.

    As an aside, there's also some good tube lore (and some that's just bizarre) available at www.audioasylum.com FAQs. :)
    https://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/d.mpl?audio/faq.html#tubes

    "Joe's Tube Lore" is like "The Book of Mormon" of vacuum tube literature ;)

    (with no offense meant to LDS church members!)
    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

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