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)
I have over 400 preamp, power and rectifier tubes.
What works for me is the tube boxes (in white) which can be bought from Ebay.
To prevent the fragile tube letterings ("silkscreen") from being rubbed away, I wrap my tubes with a sheet of paper before they are stored in the white box.
The required description e.g. tube name, mfg code , date code, etc.... is written on the outside of the tube box.
I also tie the boxes of matched tube boxes together with rubber bands so that I know instantly that they are matched pairs or quads.