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Vacuum tube testers
Tube testers

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Posted by packratjohn at 2:31 pm (PST) on Mon November 7, 2011   
Even our local Western Auto had one
Posted by Doot at 12:00 pm (PDT) on Wed July 6, 2011   
When I was a kid it was my job to take the vacuum tubes, from our TV & old stand-up Philco radio, to the corner drug store and test them. This was my introduction to responsibilty.
Posted by billk at 9:17 pm (PST) on Sun January 2, 2011   
At the time I worked at WBRK in Pittsfield, MA, it was owned by WKNE's owners in Keene, and several times we travelled to Keene to borrow equipment. Small world...
Posted by Duff at 8:57 pm (PST) on Sun January 2, 2011   
I spent a couple of summers at Granite Lake Camp in Munsonville, NH as the counselor in charge of the ham radio shack. I also volunteered to keep some of the camp's electronics (radios, PA system, etc.) running, and often had to catch a ride into Keene, the closest town with a tube tester.

Speaking of Keene... I recall going to a movie there with some others from the camp. We saw "Ice Station Zebra," if I'm not mistaken, and TWO projector lamps burned out during the showing. So tubes weren't always the cause of system failure.
Posted by billk at 8:35 pm (PST) on Sun January 2, 2011   
My Dad had a variety store in Pittsfield, MA, and he had a tube tester in his store. It was in a big metal case with a couple racks of tubes to sell underneath. At one point the tube tester got upgraded, I got to keep the old one.
Posted by Duff at 6:02 pm (PDT) on Sat May 9, 2009   
We used to find them, along with replacements for the most popular radio and TV tubes, in pharmacies and supermarkets.

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