I have some vintage vacuum tube testers for sale, and are listed here on this page. Anyone who has a sizeable investment in vacuum tubes or vacuum tube hi-fi equipment owes it to themselves to have a good tube tester on hand to periodically check the tubes they are using. You can take a more active role in "tube rolling" as you can match your own pairs, and keep tabs on the tubes you are currently using and know well in advance of when replacement time is near.

Tube testers have been out of production since the late 1970s, and supplies are only fair at this time. The prices have been steadily on the rise, especially with the frenzied buying of certain vintage testers on eBay and other online auction sites. Some of these sell prices of certain brands and models are grossly inflated. Hopefully on this webpage I can present good vintage tube testers at reasonable prices, away from the frenzy of the online auctionplace.

Superior Model TV-11 Tube Tester

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This is hard-to-find, very good tester from Superior, a company that was better known for it's drug-store tester kiosk machines and emissions testers. This emissions tester from the 1950s was one of their best products, and is clean and in good condition. Two meter scales for more accurate testing of various tubes, on the English type GOOD-BAD meter scale. Tubes that are to be compared can also be measured by the 0-100 scale on the meter. Very easy to set up, just two dials to set. The tester features automatic bias and plate voltage selection, for accurate tests on both power and small signal preamp tubes. It even has a noise test jack where magnetic headphones can be plugged in to listen to any noise that may be present in the tube under test. It includes all post-WWII tube type sockets, AND has all of the antique sockets like 4,5,6, and 7 large pin. It does not have compactron or Nuvistor sockets. Compact in a beautiful dovetailed wood small carry case, with manual, settings book, this little powerhouse is one sweet tester! Highlights include:

$159.00 Plus Shipping


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