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Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by tony777 » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:24 am

This one looks very very interesting.
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by bandit2013 » Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:02 am

Now that is an accessory I will definately consider. I already have a box of tubes that I am uncertain are good or bad. I have become a tube hoarder....

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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by knotts » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:26 pm

I saw this on the NAMM footage. It looks pretty interesting. I'm curious how the number's system relate to Mesa branded tubes. I would assume that they would all be around the same values for the most part. I was looking around for a price last week didn't see anything posted yet. I'm curious how much they would charge for this gadget.
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by Addictedtokaos » Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:20 pm

I think they said $500 USD. Im waiting to see real reviews about it before I drop that $$$ on a tester. Personally, I would have preferred they come out with the Divo OV for all power tubes, not just the Octals....then a tester.
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by Markedman » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:33 pm

I'm thinking of getting one of these tube testers, does anyone here have a review of this particular tester?
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by DangerMoney » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:06 pm

Addictedtokaos wrote:I think they said $500 USD.
$499 at Sweetwater.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ ... fgodDjYACw

The wallwart that powers it puts out 19 volts. I wonder how good the power tube tests can be since power tubes run at around 425 volts.


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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by SixVeeSix » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:03 am

DangerMoney wrote:
Addictedtokaos wrote:I think they said $500 USD.
$499 at Sweetwater.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/ ... fgodDjYACw

The wallwart that powers it puts out 19 volts. I wonder how good the power tube tests can be since power tubes run at around 425 volts.


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And yet, here we are on this board where amplifiers running 4 power tubes needing 425 volts each plug into a wall socket that is only 110 volts?

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Just kidding, I totally see your point. Even if they put some beefy capacitors in there (it's too small) I don't know how they will be able to get a power tube up to operating specs and keep it there long enough for a valid measurement.

Then again, I am not really all that smart. :(
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by Markedman » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:54 am

From the reviews I've read, this tester is just a toy. I'm probably better off just sticking a tube in and listening anyway.
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by SixVeeSix » Sat Feb 22, 2014 1:05 pm

In that same price range or maybe a bit less, one could hunt down a Hickok tube tester.

Much more tedious to use but still considered the standard by most tube weirdos.

In the end, markedman is correct. Plug it in and listen.
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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by bandit2013 » Sun Jun 16, 2019 11:55 am

I got around to buying one of the VT1000. It seems to work and I have run through my box of preamp tubes and power tubes. It is not difficult to generate high voltage from a DC supply. A switching step up converter can get a high enough voltage to run the test. However I believe the device works more on the heater and emissions of the cathode. I have used it to find matched triodes in preamp tubes, as well as to see how matched the power tubes are. Found a few bad tubes to test and so far I did not see any false good tubes. It is what it is. Perhaps a toy compared to the units that cost a few grand. The good thing, I have found some weak tubes that came stock in a few of my amps, replaced them with tested tubes that rated better and the quality of sound improved considerably. Also had found some of my power tubes I had used and for some reason holding on too for replacement in an pinch rated quite poorly and recommended to be replaced. If you only have one or two tube amps, this is not needed as you can just plug and listen. Since I have nine tube amps currently (JP-2C, MWDR, Roadster, TC-50, TC-100, RA100 head, RA100 combo, Mark V, Cali tweed) it makes more sense to manage what tubes I have on hand and what is in the amps. You still need to listen to the amp after tube replacement but so far I am happy with this thing even if it is a toy.

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Re: Orange launches valve/tube tester

Post by woodbutcher65 » Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:26 pm

My tube tester of choice is the B&K Dyna-Jet 707. It's one of the few tube testers that tests pretty nearly every tube ever made and has true dynamic transconductance testing. It can be used for gain matching tubes, which I've found to yield the same results as any other tube matching method.

A 707 will run you less than any new production tube tester/tube matcher on the market.

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