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What does tube rolling mean?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I sent a PM to the MAN (Tuberoller) but I never got an answer, Can someone clue me in on this ?
the whole thing and why you would it ...
post #2 of 11
btaki,

Tuberolling started with the action of removing a tube from its rather tight socket. A gentle rocking or rolling motion facilitates the removal of the tube from the socket. Due to the number of pins and sheer grip on each pin a gentle motion resembling rolling the tube in a small circle allows you to remove the tube without damaging the socket, circuit board, or tube.

Tuberolling allows you to tweak the sound of your component to match your particular tastes. Almost any tubed item can have the sound changed rather dramatically by changing tubes to an older tube not available any more. Older Amperex, Siemens, Telefunken and many others are simply FAR superior to what is available today.
post #3 of 11
i thought tuberoller was a firefighter. firefighters roll up hoses (tubes), hence the name. must be one of those double-entendre things i've heard so much about...
post #4 of 11
It's the act of rolling a tube, on it's side, across a solid surface (such as a tabletop). A tube is judged by it's speed, consistency and ability to roll straight. Straight-rolling tubes are balanced sounding. Tubes that turn towards the pins (bottom), tend to be bassier. Tubes that turn towards the top tend to place emphasis more on the higher-frequencies. Slow, syrupy tubes will roll slowly, while fast, detailed tubes will roll quick! Perfectly formed tubes (perfectly smooth circle on the rolling axis) will sound pure and clear, while slightly imperfect tubes will be grainy.

Tuberolling is such a great pasttime that there are a few manufacturers who still make tubes today. In fact, many of these current production tubes are good only for rolling across tables. Unfortunately the amount of good, perfectly rolling tubes from the height of the tube-era are fading fast, as they only have a limited-rolling lifetime (accidents do happen, they are made of glass). As they say: "The transistors killed the tuberolling star".

-dd3mon
post #5 of 11


I fervently hope that that was a joke about rolling tubes all over the place

LOL
post #6 of 11
Quote:
Originally posted by dd3mon
It's the act of rolling a tube, on it's side, across a solid surface (such as a tabletop). A tube is judged by it's speed, consistency and ability to roll straight. Straight-rolling tubes are balanced sounding. Tubes that turn towards the pins (bottom), tend to be bassier. Tubes that turn towards the top tend to place emphasis more on the higher-frequencies. Slow, syrupy tubes will roll slowly, while fast, detailed tubes will roll quick! Perfectly formed tubes (perfectly smooth circle on the rolling axis) will sound pure and clear, while slightly imperfect tubes will be grainy.

Tuberolling is such a great pasttime that there are a few manufacturers who still make tubes today. In fact, many of these current production tubes are good only for rolling across tables. Unfortunately the amount of good, perfectly rolling tubes from the height of the tube-era are fading fast, as they only have a limited-rolling lifetime (accidents do happen, they are made of glass). As they say: "The transistors killed the tuberolling star".

-dd3mon
An excellent observation. May I ask -- in your experience which sort of tubes have better sound, those with a twisty little flourish at top or those with a round nub?
post #7 of 11
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Originally posted by gsferrari
I fervently hope that that was a joke about rolling tubes all over the place
My cat is one of the best tube rollers I've ever seen. He uses dd3mon's methods.

I'd put a smiley on this, but I've chased too many tubes just as they were scooting across the table to laugh
post #8 of 11
I was rolling a couple of 300B's and they went in a circle.
post #9 of 11
All right... now this thread is getting too damn goofy.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
I'm still waiting for an answer From Tuberoller himself. It's a shame he doesn't want to answer
But he'll have to bare the consequences of me taking his picture about a half dozen times in the next meet.
NB: Fred doesn't like his picture taken too much .
post #11 of 11

I wonder how many tube are going to get cracked because of this thread? :veryevil:

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