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Just wondered where most builders are getting their electronics components/supplies from (and test/measure equipment, tools, etc.)

I'm thinking mainly of the more difficult to get tube amp related components, but I'm open to any suggestions of places that provide good service, selection, prices, etc.

Are any folks on this forum interested in buy/sell/exchange of electronics hobby stuff?

http://www.sayal.com is nearby, but not much help in the tube amp. area.

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Thanks Gregg

I'm just a beginner hobbyist. I'm not sure that I will be buying enough (for a while for sure) to order from China or Asia.

You have done your homework and developed contacts through Ebay. It would not be fair to ask you for specific suggestions and, again, I likely won't be buying all that much for now.

Do you know of any places in Ontario that you would trust/suggest for tube amp parts?

I can order Hammond iron locally (thr Hammond factory is only a few km.'s away). Not inexpensive, but it is reportedly reliable.

I now wish that I would have bought a kit !! The fellow that sold me most of the parts is a great guy and enthusiatic, but is seldom available and doesn't live very close. I'm basically working out of K. O'Conner's book (#3) and reading from whatever sources I can find.

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Hi Dave!

+1 on all the good advice so far. I live 10 minutes from

http://www.thetubestore.com

and you should check out their site. There's more than just tubes but also tube sockets, retainer "springs" for output tubes, coupling caps and electrolytics and even some grill cloth!

The other stuff I get from American online guys like
http://www.tubesandmore.com
http://www.hoffmanamps.com

I never use partsconnexion 'cuz as was said they cater mainly for the tube audiophile hifi guys. Those people have more money than brains! They'll pay $400 per foot! for speaker wire and then think it must sound better just because it cost $400 per foot! It must be the only field where instead of learning more of the real technicals you just pay excess money for the right to brag...:D

I'm not slamming partsconnexion as I'm sure they are competitive within their market world. I just don't buy into that world myself. I have a lot of technical knowhow but that just makes it harder for me to buy into what passes for tech info in that market world. What they put in their advertising usually strongly conflicts with anything and everything I've ever learned. And I'm not rich enough to get into bragging wars over gear I've bought.

I've seen 12AX7s sold for $50 U$ that were the same brands that we guitar amp guys buy for less than $10. The extra cost was "justified" by enclosing a "test certificate" suitable for framing with each tube. If you were a true techie and understood the parameters on the certificate you quickly saw that the results didn't indicate the tube was anything incredible. The test results were simply normal for any decent run-of-the-mill 12AX7!

Unless you are independently wealthy and also have a strong urge to brag I'd stay away from the tube audiophile world.
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This is certainly good advice, given your comments.
 
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