complete set — Volumes 1 thru 23 — of John F Rider Radio Perpetual Troubleshooters Manuals.
That says it all. You get all 23 volumes, and YES obviously that includes individual Volumes 1,2,3,4,5 (NOT abridged) and also super-rare Volumes 22 and 23.
Set is Dusty but overall VG condition and has been kept in cool dry storage for more than a decade.
– I will NOT split up the set, so any requests to sell individual volumes will be ignored
– NO trades. CASH only.
$750 or best offer. Local Pickup-only. Email me if interested.
For sale 1976 ZENITH Bicentennial tube caddy
Zenith released this tube caddy to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the United States of America.
Caddy is real nice condition with minor exception that original owner wrote his business name on handle-side of caddy and also on the inside-bottom. Otherwise, real nice indeed! Latches work great, snap buttons on the inside flaps work great, pretty clean inside, etc.
Price $45 + ground shipping. Email me if interested. No tubes included.
USA customers only (lower 48 states only).
Great item for any tube collector.
Hoping you can answer a question for me. I have an Amplitrex and a TV-7D/U tube tester. The Amplitrex tests a 12ax7 as new at 1600GM. According to your TV7 GM calculator, I believe that should translate to 64 on the TV meter. However, when I test the same 12ax7 on my TV-7 the meter only hits 42. Does it sound like my TV7 needs some calibrating or am I missing something? Hope you can help and thanks for the great calculator.
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Q&A regarding HP Officejet R-series repair:
I have your article on “Repairing HP Officejet R-series”. I used it several years ago; cleaning the mirror fixed the problem.
I’ve lost flexible use of my hands so I wanted to get someone to do the service (suspect it needs cleaning and new bulb). Local repair services refuse to work on ink jets.
Do you have a recommendation for help in the south NJ area?
Here is a letter from the Technical Service department of CBS Hytron tube company, dated June 1954, that discusses a common problem with tube testers.
In this letter [ PDF ], which I scanned and restored via Photoshop for better readability, a person from the Max Fischman Co of Pittsburgh wrote to CBS Hytron Co. asking them why so many CBS Hytron 12BH7 tubes were testing weak on their Hickok 533A tube tester.
CBS Hytron investigated the matter by testing 50 CBS Hytron 12BH7 that were known to be top quality and passed factory testing. They also tested 12BH7 from other manufacturers. Their analysis revealed that the test configuration — the operating point — for 12BH7 as provided by Hickok was incorrect to target the listed micromhos value of 2380 µmhos.
Learning points from this letter:
- Again, as I have tried to instruct in previous articles, there is no such thing as a “correct” (or single) mutual conductance score. Mutual conductance is a result of the operating point of the tube (plate voltage, signal voltage, grid bias, etc.).
- Factory setup data OFTEN provides a substandard operating point for the tube in question. This is sometimes because of mistake or carelessness in creating the setup data, and sometimes due to design limitations of the test circuit (one fixed signal voltage that is substandard for a particular tube, or a fixed plate/screen voltage that is substandard for that tube).
- Learning to KNOW YOUR TUBE TESTER is of utmost importance, not blindly relying on the results that you see on the meter. A seasoned tech who worked with 12BH7 tubes on a regular basis would have discovered this issue and learned to work around this problem — either by creating a new Bias setting that more appropriately would target 2380 for a typical new 12BH7, or he would have noted what Gm score was more accurate at the bias point given in the setup chart.
NOTES: (1) the letter refers to mutual conductance readings as “Sm”, which I am not aware of that abbreviation. I believe that “Gm” is the standard abbreviation. (2) the secretary who typed the letter misspelled Hickok as “Hickock”.