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Tube storage?

post #1 of 22
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Can anyone recommend to me a case, box, or apparatus to store my tubes in? The boxes they come in tend to fall apart. I would like to remove them from the box and have some sort of a padded case to keep the matching sets together. I can find nothing of the sort.

 

 

 

Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 22

Maybe try a tackle box with bigger compartments and add foam or liner yourself. I'm sure you can find one to store a few tubes in. 

post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by weplayendlessly View Post

Maybe try a tackle box with bigger compartments and add foam or liner yourself. I'm sure you can find one to store a few tubes in. 

Great idea, thank you.

post #4 of 22
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025.JPG Problem solved, thanks to the wife and her old padded jewelry box


Edited by Fearless1 - 7/6/12 at 12:59pm
post #5 of 22

Nice glad it worked out. What kind of amp do you have?

Im a bit new to this stuff, looking to get my first tube amp.

post #6 of 22
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Nice glad it worked out. What kind of amp do you have?

Im a bit new to this stuff, looking to get my first tube amp.

 Thanks! I have a couple of tube amps, but the tubes in this picture are for my Schiit Lyr.

post #7 of 22
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025.JPG Problem solved, thanks to the wife and her old padded jewelry box

 

:thumb: Well done. Now you've inspired me to accomplish much the same before summer ends.

post #8 of 22

I'm sure the Pelican case line with "Pick 'n' Pluck" foam would fit the bill too.

post #9 of 22

http://tubedepot.com/tubecube.html

 

Little overpriced but essentially the same thing.    The jewelry case is fine in-home, but wouldn't work optimally on the go (if you take your tubes to meets.)

post #10 of 22
Air/water tight case is no no for long term storage. Only for transport. It will trap moisture and tube pins will rust. Don't forget to clean your pins if your oily/salty fingers touched them
Edited by Seamaster - 7/11/12 at 12:06pm
post #11 of 22
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Air/water tight case is no no for long term storage. Only for transport. It will trap moisture and tube pins will rust. Don't forget to clean your pins if your oily/salty fingers touched them

 

What long-term storage solution work for you, Seamaster? Currently, I have mine lying comfortably inside my sock drawer. I eventually want to display the small sample of glass I have. The USAF-596 & The TS-5998 are too beautiful to remain hidden.


Edited by Silent One - 7/15/12 at 10:50pm
post #12 of 22
I would use newspaper, to wrap them up in, and put them where they're safe smily_headphones1.gif
post #13 of 22

Basically any dry place within normal temperature. I warp the lose tubes with shipping foam, stack boxed tubes in a wood cabinet, and put a lot of moisture absorber bags in there, Luckily I am mechanic, there are a lot of dry bags comes with each new engines or transmissions. I just save them...

post #14 of 22

Ah ha! wink_face.gif Perhaps, I'll place a few small dry bags out of sight in a display cabinet.

post #15 of 22

I switch tubes now and then on my headphone amp.

To prevent that the lettering of the tubes will be rubbed off by taking my tube collection in and out of the carton boxes, I want to make a storage system where this does not happen.
I was thinking of drilling holes in a wooden beam in which I mount tube sockets. The beam will be placed in a wooden box to keep out the sunlight, dust, etc.
 

Does anyone have tips or good ideas on how you can best store your tubes and keep them in good condition? (next to the solutions already discussed)

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