Cool way to organize and store tubes

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  1. rolijen

    rolijen Well-Known Member

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    BA82E29D-DBCF-48A2-B78B-5BD75A8EC744.jpeg I have kept my stash of tubes/valves in a few odd cardboard boxes. Each time I go digging, in have to rummage a bit to find what I’m looking for. I asked my wife for a recommendation and she suggested craft boxes. So, off we went to Hobby Lobby. I came home with two ridiculously perfect solutions—one for power tubes, another for preamp tubes.

    Now I can see exactly where every tube is and keep the stash stocked. (I may need to purchase another box for my vintage NOS tubes…)

    Hope this provides some inspiration on a cold December day.
     
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    fitz288 Well-Known Yinzer Gold Supporting Member

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    I like it.
     
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    Tatzmann Well-Known Member

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    You are lucky that you asked your
    wife where to put your stuff.

    If you'd asked Cpt. Koons where to
    put it he would have told you a heartbreaking
    story about a golden watch.:p

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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I did something like that but not as clever
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    [​IMG]
    What most of mine are in .
    Thanks for the hot tip , that can be very useful ..
    Cheers
    Mitch
     
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    Tatzmann Well-Known Member

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    Like what?!?:p
     
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    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Look at the post above lol
     
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    Tatzmann Well-Known Member

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    Ha yeah the picture wasnt loading as fast
    as i answered so i wondered where you put
    those tubes:D
     
  9. Mitchell Pearrow

    Mitchell Pearrow Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Yea it took me a minute to take the pic and load it …
    Cheers
     
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    Tatzmann Well-Known Member

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    Meanwhile NewAge Aquarius 2000++ kids have
    all their virtual tubes stored on their
    non-heat leaking, blue LED flashing apple
    devices...FCK em'! :p
     
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    Old Punker Well-Known Member

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    I remember that scene. I definitely wouldn't touch that watch, at least not without surgical gloves on! :wow:
     
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    GregM Well-Known Member

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    I think you would need a pretty worn out backside not to break the tubes....
     
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    Old Punker Well-Known Member

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    Good idea, and my wife spends a lot of time (and money) in hobby stores.

    So far I've just been piling tubes on top of each other in their little boxes on a shelf. A few days ago when I went to get one a couple of them slipped off and fell off the shelf. Luckily those little cardboard boxes actually protect them.
     
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    Old Punker Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I feel like one of these guys nowadays

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    Mee too, just with a longer...neck:p
     
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    Ended up getting two more of the power tube sized boxes. Now I have EL34s in one, 6L6s in another, and 6V6s and rectifiers in the third one. Being clear, no labels are needed. Should have done this years ago. Oh, and while cleaning out the tattered old cardboard boxes I had been using for years, I found a few forgotten gems including a set of RCA Blackplate 6L6s. Will have to break out the tester tomorrow. Merry Christmas!
     
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    Which do you like best? The Tung-Sol EL34b or the Electro-Harmonix EL34?
     
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    rolijen Well-Known Member

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    I like The EHs a little better but they are pretty close. I had a set of new production Mullards in my SV20 that were smooth and gorgeous. In fact, the Mullards and EHs might be made on the same production line. They look and sound very similar. So, for me it’s Mullard, EH, then Tung Sol.
     
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    This puts a new perspective on tube sniffing
     
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    Matthews Guitars Well-Known Member

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    I have an entire steel utility cabinet dedicated to tubes. It's ALMOST full. I store them in industrial plastic bins of the types used
    in electronics manufacturing facilities. I need to get off my duff and complete the sorting and organizing of them and the labelling of the bins. And, of course, run every tube through the tube tester. But will I bother to put each used tube in a white box with test results? I should....but that's a lot of work.
     

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