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    Default Buying tubes on Ebay SUCK

    This is the second time I have bought bad tubes on EBay that were said to be good.

    I have one microphonic tube...

    This sucks.
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    Pay attention to the Polk tube gurus and all will be well...


    Jeeeeeezeee. Just pay attention. Flea-Pay sucks!
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    I have had excellent luck buying tubes on ebay. I had one looney try and screw me but Paypal stepped up and took care of it. I did have a couple instances where the tubes were noisy and the seller (from Germany) promptly refunded my money and I got to keep the tubes. It happens and as long as the seller takes care of you, IMO, it's worth a little risk and hassle. In the case of the German seller I was buying $125 pr of tubes retail at a high end dealer for about $40 plus shipping. To me that's a significant savings to take a chance.

    YMMV
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    I just got some CBS 12au7 - highly recommended and they sound GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But dammit - the one in the right channel is microphonic - it started playing me a nice little hum when nothing is going on or nothing moving in the house. Tap on the Candela case and blah blah blah

    50 bucks = WASTED
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    Did you contact the seller? Have you tried a tube damper? Are those prone to microphonic?
    Last edited by heiney9; 08-02-2010 at 11:40 PM.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    One tube is 100% quiet - the other is HUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

    I guess I will contact the seller - Im just tired of buying ****ty tubes
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    If you've had a few bad experiences with seller, it does suck.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    I've been one of the lucky ones too. Sh*t happens though. Contact the seller and give him the op to fix it, Trey. Good luck!

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    I tend to stay away from Ebay on tube purchases.
    I sold some tubes that I'd listened to for hundreds of hours on highly sensitive horn speakers. Packed very well, insured, yadda, yadda.
    I sold them to a friend and he told me one of the 4 started hissing about 4 minutes after he'd turned it on. Luckily I had spares to send him but anything can happen to a tube.
    He sent me PICS of the box. It's a wonder any of the tubes survived USPS.

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    Have you cleaned the pins? They are only 40 something years old.
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    i only buy tubes for the dudes here or from a reputable web site.. i'd never buy them off Ebay.. i did one time.. and that was the only time I ever did that. turned out good.. but to much can go wrong.
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    Contact Jerry12, Duufus. That's what I was getting at........
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treitz3 View Post
    Contact Jerry12, Duufus. That's what I was getting at........
    Jerry's got some killer tubes. Recommended Highly!

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