My New (old) Tube Tester

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Guitar, Uncategorized

I’ve got a few dozen tubes laying around the house that might work; they might not. I have been looking for a tube tester, a good tube tester, for quite some time now. Ebay has dozens of them but since tube testers are kind of a thing of the past, you have all of these jerkholes listing their testers for a ridiculous amount of money. They add the word “vintage” to it and the price increases to $200. So I decided to shop on Craigslist. I found one in San Jose for $50 and just happened to be back in Salinas. I was about to go get it when I found one listed on the Bakersfield Craigslist. I called up my friend and PayPal’d her some money. I scored. I got me a nice, very vintage, tube tester. Complete with charts and manuals for $50. I have yet to use it. I’m almost afraid to turn it on because its so old. My research has led me to believe that this tube tester was made in the 1930s. I was told it still works and I’m going to go through the manual to make sure I use it correctly. I wouldn’t want to burn it up. I’ll post my results and experiences as they occur.

You can read more about this tester at


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