Tube supplier and cross reference thread

treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
I have recently updated my list of tube suppliers and other tube related websites that I have gathered over the years and figured I'd share it with all of you. Just so you know, I have no affiliation with any link provided. Happy hunting!


http://www.tubeaudiostore.com

http://www.emissionlabs.com

http://www.jacmusic.com

http://www.vacuumtubes.net/

http://www.kcanostubes.com/

http://www.dougstubes.com/

http://www.vacuum-tube-shop.com/

https://www.watfordvalves.com

http://www.natubes.com

http://www.shuguangtube.com/

http://www.mafaudio.com/pro/propage.aspx

http://www.jjyaudio.com/products.asp?menuid=161&menuid1=255

http://www.brimartubes.com/

[email protected]

http://www.tubemonger.com/

http://www.cryoset.com/

http://tctubes.com/

www.analogtubes.com

http://www.tubedepot.com/

http://www.thetubestore.com/

http://www.tubemuseum.org/

http://www.triodeelectronics.com/


http://www.electron-tubes.com/

http://www.house-of-tubes.com/home/hot_home.asp

https://www.tubeworld.com/index_high.htm

http://www.starkelectronic.com/tubes.htm

http://www.tube-shop.com/

http://www.mullardtubes.com/

http://psvanetube.com/wordpress/

http://www.upscaleaudio.com/

http://www.vacuumtube.com/

http://www.valves.uk.com/ [UK site]

http://www.vacuumtubesinc.com/

http://www.vacuumtubes.com/price7.html

http://www.r-vac.com/tubes.htm

http://www.tubedata.org/

http://stores.ebay.ca/SaleRCS

http://www.vac-amps.com/homepage.htm

http://members.aol.com/etetubes/

http://www.audioasylum.com/scripts/d.pl?audio/faq/joes-tubes.html

http://www.audiotubes.com/

http://radiodaze.com/

http://hktubeaudio.homestead.com/files/tubecode.html

http://www.musicdirect.com/

http://classic-tubeshop-kunisch.de *You can email Annette Kunisch in English.

http://www.tube-and-valve-electronics.co.uk/

http://www.mcshanedesign.net

http://www.partsconnexion.com/ Scroll down for preference

http://tubemaze.info/

http://www.hifitubes.nl/catalog/tubes-c-21.html

http://www.chelmervalve.com/


And tube tweak links


http://herbiesaudiolab.net/

http://www.thetubestore.com/tuberings.html

http://www.vintagetubeservices.com/Dampers.htm

http://www.jenalabs.com/ [Tube Cryo-ing service - JenaLabs]

http://tubeman.com/ [Tube Cryo-ing service]

http://www.elusivedisc.com/prodinfo.asp?number=MHEATDAMP


Tube Guide - http://hktubeaudio.homestead.com/files/tubecode.html

Weird tube numbers/letters - http://pax-comm.com/rcadates.pdf


Date codes for RCA - http://mysite.verizon.net/tubetronic/PDF_FILES/RCA DATE CODES.pdf [RCA date codes]


Quick reference to Amperex, Mullard, Philips, and Valvo Tube Codes - http://www.audiotubes.com/mullcode.htm


Foreign substitutes list for American type tubes [research thoroughly before any tube purchase!!!] - http://www.tubedata.info/usa2for.html



Feel free to add any tube supplier or tube information website you have ran across that might help someone else find what they might be looking for. Thanks and have a good day!

Tom
In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~

Comments

  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,551
    edited March 10
    http://www.shuguangtube.com/

    This one above blacked by both Malware bytes and McAffe for TROJANS proceed with caution if you must visit.


    http://www.house-of-tubes.com/home/hot_home.asp

    this one dead link. ^^
    Post edited by pitdogg2 on
  • Alton TAlton T Posts: 68
    Thanks Tom..
    Bookmarked to "My Favorites List" for quick references.
    Thanks for the research, time, and posting.
    :)



  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 14,617
    edited March 10
    Ivan, thank you sir for the feedback. Much appreciated!

    [EDIT:] You are welcome, @McInPolk!

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • GlennDogGlennDog Posts: 2,321
    Thanks Tom!
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  • JayCeeJayCee Posts: 964
    Nice reference. Bookmarked. Thanks.
    Speakers: Polk1.2tl's (Uber Mods) Pre/Amp/DAC: PS Audio BHK Signature & 250, DirectStream Cables/IC's: MIT S1Bi-Wire/S1 Balanced +Avel Lindberg 1000VA "Dreadnought" Power Conditioner: PS Audio P15 Power Plant Power Cords: Core Power Technologies Gold, DH Labs Power Plus DIY w/Neotech NC-P301 & P311ends Streamer: Roon ROCK on wifi'd NUC & Uptone EtherREGEN⟿Ω☯☥☮⟿🔊♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬♩♪♫♬
  • xsmixsmi Posts: 1,555
    This needs to be a stickie. Nice work. Thank you sir.
    2-channel
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  • TEAforONETEAforONE Posts: 550
    That is great! Thanks Tom!
    First Watt,Monarchy Audio,Aric Audio,Prometheus Audio,April Music,Bluesound,Pro-Ject,Onkyo,Graham Chartwell,Nola,Hornshoppe,HSU Research.
  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,874
    Does anyone have a recommendation for getting tubes tested?
    I see that tctubes offers this service but I have never dealt with them.After being out of the game for 4 years I now look at a hodgepodge of tubes that I once knew what was what and now I’m having to start over.Any suggestions on a trusted source is appreciated.
    Main Rig-Realistic AM/FM Record player 8 track boasting 4 WPC

    Backup Rig-2 CH-Rogue Audio Zeus w/Factory Special Dark Mods,Joule-Electra 300ME Platinum Preamp,OPPO-105 w/Modwright Tube Mod, Auralic Aries G2.1,Polk 2.3TL,3.1TL's,Dreadnought,RTA-15TL's,1C's All Fully Modded,2xRTA-12c's ,Benchmark DAC3 HGC,Synology NAS,VPI Scout w/Dynavector DV-20XH and Rogue Audio Ares Phono Preamp,Sony PCM-R500 DAT,HHB-850 Pro CDR,Tascam CC-222SLMKII Cassette/CDR,MIT S3.3 Shotgun Cables,Shunyata Hyra-8,Shunyata and Triode Labs Power Cords

    I’M OFFENDED!!!!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,551
    A trusted source to test tubes you already have?
    How's it going Mike?
  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,874
    Yes sir.Im trying to clean up the stock I have that I lost track of during my sabbatical.Find out what’s good/bad/weak/strong.
    As they say,use it or lose it.I am digging into all these boxes and boxes of parts and spares that SOMEBODY bought and put in my basement.
    I know most if not all are good but how good I no longer remember.
    Main Rig-Realistic AM/FM Record player 8 track boasting 4 WPC

    Backup Rig-2 CH-Rogue Audio Zeus w/Factory Special Dark Mods,Joule-Electra 300ME Platinum Preamp,OPPO-105 w/Modwright Tube Mod, Auralic Aries G2.1,Polk 2.3TL,3.1TL's,Dreadnought,RTA-15TL's,1C's All Fully Modded,2xRTA-12c's ,Benchmark DAC3 HGC,Synology NAS,VPI Scout w/Dynavector DV-20XH and Rogue Audio Ares Phono Preamp,Sony PCM-R500 DAT,HHB-850 Pro CDR,Tascam CC-222SLMKII Cassette/CDR,MIT S3.3 Shotgun Cables,Shunyata Hyra-8,Shunyata and Triode Labs Power Cords

    I’M OFFENDED!!!!
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 17,551
    Well I know a few here have tube tester's. Hopefully they chime in.
    Nice to see you back man ;)
  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,874
    Thanks.
    I have looked for a tester but not worth the money not knowing what I will get.
    Besides I am not planning much tube rolling for now.
    Main Rig-Realistic AM/FM Record player 8 track boasting 4 WPC

    Backup Rig-2 CH-Rogue Audio Zeus w/Factory Special Dark Mods,Joule-Electra 300ME Platinum Preamp,OPPO-105 w/Modwright Tube Mod, Auralic Aries G2.1,Polk 2.3TL,3.1TL's,Dreadnought,RTA-15TL's,1C's All Fully Modded,2xRTA-12c's ,Benchmark DAC3 HGC,Synology NAS,VPI Scout w/Dynavector DV-20XH and Rogue Audio Ares Phono Preamp,Sony PCM-R500 DAT,HHB-850 Pro CDR,Tascam CC-222SLMKII Cassette/CDR,MIT S3.3 Shotgun Cables,Shunyata Hyra-8,Shunyata and Triode Labs Power Cords

    I’M OFFENDED!!!!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,597
    edited August 9
    So -- the thing about tube testers is that -- to do it right, one needs a good transconductance type tester that is properly calibrated. That's actually a pretty high (read: expensive) bar, which is why I use a serviceperson grade emissions tester (Sencore Mighty-Mite) which will answer basic good/bad questions (emissions, grid leakage, shorts, and, with a tad bit of finagling, a "life" test) -- but cannot tell one anything about the actual in circuit performance of any tube, nor can it match tubes.

    As in most things in life: ya gets what yez pays for. :)

    I'd actually love to have something like a Hikok TV-7, but to find a good one that's rehabbed, calibrated and ready to go isn't a trivial quest. :(

    The cool thing about my little Sencore? It was my father's daily driver in his TV repairperson days. :) The ol' girl's got some miles on her.

    49064033718_531b3f54f4_h.jpgDSC_7526 (2) by Mark Hardy, on Flickr

    PS The best test of a tube is always :) the in-circuit use test.

  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,874
    Yep i looked at the Hickok and as you say even if I get one that LOOKS good it doesn’t mean it’s calibrated to work correctly and that’s not a rabbit hole I plan to venture down.
    I looked at the orange but don’t know enough to be confident it can do what I have.
    KT120,6sn7,5ar,12ax and au,etc.
    Main Rig-Realistic AM/FM Record player 8 track boasting 4 WPC

    Backup Rig-2 CH-Rogue Audio Zeus w/Factory Special Dark Mods,Joule-Electra 300ME Platinum Preamp,OPPO-105 w/Modwright Tube Mod, Auralic Aries G2.1,Polk 2.3TL,3.1TL's,Dreadnought,RTA-15TL's,1C's All Fully Modded,2xRTA-12c's ,Benchmark DAC3 HGC,Synology NAS,VPI Scout w/Dynavector DV-20XH and Rogue Audio Ares Phono Preamp,Sony PCM-R500 DAT,HHB-850 Pro CDR,Tascam CC-222SLMKII Cassette/CDR,MIT S3.3 Shotgun Cables,Shunyata Hyra-8,Shunyata and Triode Labs Power Cords

    I’M OFFENDED!!!!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,597
    jeepers, and I do even know how to spell Hickok correctly. I just can't type for...well, you know... ;)

    Sorry! Yeah, as @brgman typed it. Hickok. Hickok.

    :p


  • invalidinvalid Posts: 355
    It would be nice to have a good tube tester and a curve tracer.
  • FaustinFaustin Posts: 992
    @brgman - what is your goal with the tubes you have? Make sure they are good or dead? I have a couple of testers. Nothing high end or fancy. One is a Sencore Mighty Mite. Don't recall the other one I have. Too lazy to go look. That being said, if you want to send me your tubes, I would be happy to test them for you. Bruce
  • brgmanbrgman Posts: 2,874
    Bruce I have a possible tester that is fairly local but if that doesn’t pan out I will contact you.
    I very much appreciate the offer.
    Yes it’s just to see what’s good or bad,strong or weak so I can eliminate the bad and replace them.I like to have at least one complete set of strong spares on hand.
    Main Rig-Realistic AM/FM Record player 8 track boasting 4 WPC

    Backup Rig-2 CH-Rogue Audio Zeus w/Factory Special Dark Mods,Joule-Electra 300ME Platinum Preamp,OPPO-105 w/Modwright Tube Mod, Auralic Aries G2.1,Polk 2.3TL,3.1TL's,Dreadnought,RTA-15TL's,1C's All Fully Modded,2xRTA-12c's ,Benchmark DAC3 HGC,Synology NAS,VPI Scout w/Dynavector DV-20XH and Rogue Audio Ares Phono Preamp,Sony PCM-R500 DAT,HHB-850 Pro CDR,Tascam CC-222SLMKII Cassette/CDR,MIT S3.3 Shotgun Cables,Shunyata Hyra-8,Shunyata and Triode Labs Power Cords

    I’M OFFENDED!!!!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,597
    edited August 10
    brgman wrote: »
    Bruce I have a possible tester that is fairly local but if that doesn’t pan out I will contact you.
    I very much appreciate the offer.
    Yes it’s just to see what’s good or bad,strong or weak so I can eliminate the bad and replace them.I like to have at least one complete set of strong spares on hand.

    His Mighty Mite would allow you to do that with (EDIT) "modern" tube types* -- besides emission and shorts, it's actually quite good for grid leakage, especially.. A long incubation can even "out" a weak output tube, the grid leakage will start very low & drift upwards as the tube warms up.

    Plus they're supremely easy to use (although still a bit of careful knob-twistin' effort required with multi-section tubes like the 12A*7 twin triodes or, heaven forefend, Compactrons!) ;)

    _________________
    * No four pin sockets, or old school 5, 6, or 7 pin sockets on any Mighty Mite morph I'm aware of to check old radio/audio tubes -- e.g., 45, 2A3, 300B, 76... that kind of thing.

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