Did I just ruin the tube? *PICS*
May 3, 2015 at 10:02 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 7

hoo7h

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Hi,
 
I have a 6080A tube and when I was changing it I kind of broke the black metal piece in between the tube pins. I can see a small glass piece was hidden behind it. Is it still usable?
 

 
May 4, 2015 at 2:12 AM Post #4 of 7

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If there is a leak in the envelope and the vacuum is compromised, the tube is dead.

I would suggest finding someone with a tube tester before installing it in your amp.
 
May 4, 2015 at 10:25 AM Post #6 of 7

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The key is to make sure the glass part underneath has not been damaged. If the envelope is intact, the tube should be fine.
 
May 4, 2015 at 11:52 AM Post #7 of 7

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The safest answer here is to get it tested.
 
IMHO it would be speculation at best to diagnose what else has been damaged... based on a low-res snap-shot.
 
Tubes can be finicky little buggers, depending on the circuit design.  I would hate to see you fry a voice coil, or blow up something in your amp... based on il-advisement.  Its not the answer you are looking for but IMHO its better to play it safe.  Especially if you bought it on Ebay.
 

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