Re: {Collins} Slight Off topic but very vintage related

Hi Tom, et al,
I am a Collins follower and an Ebay tube seller. I have a bunch of 12B4s, several are NOS RCA. Now, in defense of my Ebay brethren! The 12B4 is not rare nor expensive. But I cannot sell any tube, even the lowly 6AU6 on Ebay for less then $20. Ebay and PayPal absorb 15%, my box and packing material costs $0.85, postage is usually $4.85. The USPS now charges for weight and distance; it used to be just weight. Fuel to get back and forth to the post office, 1-gallon at $2.79 (Tucson average) and I'm down to about 10 bucks per sale for common tubes. Some vendors ship in a padded envelope; I ship in a cardboard box with bubble wrap . . . extra expense.

Tom, I'll sell you two NOS 12B4s for $20.00 postage included. On a private sale, I'll make $11 or $12 which makes my labor of packing and shipping almost worth it. If you want three, the price is still $20. You are paying for the packaging and postage, not the tubes. 12B4s are essentially BB -gun practice. Anyone need 6AU6s or 6AQ5s or other common types? Many are NOS.

Is someone really selling a 12B4 for $5, shipping included? Go for it. They are losing $$$ and don't know it.

73 to all . . . Joe at the Prescott, AZ hamfest.
Chief operator - K3TYE
Trustee - WN7BSA

----- Original Message -----
From: Thomas K. Lanieri via Collins <collins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: Thomas K. Lanieri <oemeoc88@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: 5/30/2019 11:57:59 AM
Subject: {Collins} Slight Off topic but very vintage related

I know a 12B4A is not in many Collins rigs but anyone have a 12B4A to
release for something less than the nations GNP? The merchants [eBay,
amazon, retailers]  are all nuts. I cant in good conscience put out for a
2.5" tube that has shipping equal or higher than its cost. I have spent 17
hours resuscitating [vacuum, clean, simpleGreen, lube, deoxit5, lil testing]
an HP606A HF Signal Generator, back to near perfect mechanical/cosmetic
operation, and before I hit it with power I have this 1 cracked tube.

I just dumped 3 digits to the left side of the decimal point to breathe new
life with a heart transplant into a Drake L4B. Guess what that was for?

Help me get this relic back in operation. Only other alternative is to scrap
it and continue with the Collins, Drake, Heath gear on life support.

Aint got a bottomless pit, so Gotta draw a line somewhere with a few
sacrifices and not knowing what else [electronically] the HP might need.

NOT LOOKING for free...Just Reasonable.

AND no I don't
fix and sell. Never will.  I just give [selective] old gear a
new home for ever!

Contact me offline if you can assist. TU 73



Thomas K. Lanieri, NU2W

NJ State EMT

B.A.A. EMS Support

ARC BioMedical Services

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