Posted on Tuesday, 17th August 2010 by Auw Jimmy
It has been a long journey, me, as a DIY in this “audiophile” (or “idiot-phile” world). Listening cable’s sound, capacitor’s sound, tube’s sound, resistor’s sound, et cetera. It sounds so stupid and silly for most people. What makes my DIY stuffs sound different from a boom-box which you could find easily on most electronic store (at affordable price)? Why someone must spend $100 or more for a capacitor or vintage tube? Why? If you are that kind of person, I would recommend to leave this page. Because all listed below are completely non-sense for you.
I spent a lot for this kind of stuffs. And now, I’m completely overloaded. I keep some of my stuffs to make sure I will have enough spare for my future projects. The rest of this “junks” must be thrown away (and transferred into cash) for another step of my DIY journey (which never ends).
Some of the pricing might not be cheap. This is due to shipment cost and tax issue. I envy you who lives around the Europe or USA. A lot of great stuffs are there, at reasonable cost. Here, we are stuck with shipment cost (and tax) which might be similar with the unit price itself.
Anyway, I’m not a seller of audio stuff. This is not my main business and I’m not selling in rush. So please understand if mostly I don’t accept any bargain. Even if I have a lot but I don’t want to sell for some reason, it will remain on my shelves. Please understand.
Drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested to purchase some of the item below.
All below photos are taken by myself and showing the real appearance and item condition. What you see is what you get. Click the photo for larger size.
PS: Some items already sold out! So I remove them from the list.
Custom PCB for 9-Pin Teflon Tube Socket
Tiring of wiring your 9-Pin Telfon Tube Socket? Plan to connect a bigger wire?
Originally designed for Yamamoto 9-Pin Teflon Tube Socket, but eventually this is also compatible with other Teflon tube socket to. The specification of this PCB is set at premium grade. This 2.5 mm thick red PCB has 2 oz Copper and TG170 grade PCB. All solder pads are through-hole type, double layer with Immersion Gold finish. The holes for the wire is 2.5 mm / AWG 10 (you can connect your giant wire here!), while the holes for the socket’s pin is 2 mm diameter. As this is double layer PCB, you can solder either on the top or bottom side. Feel free! Tracks itself are on the bottom side. Please confirm by mentioning your tube socket brand/type if you have any doubt if this will fit your tube socket. Detail explanation could be read here and here.
Condition: New, never used.
Asking price: US$ 5 (each, not pair).
Jensen 0.47 uF / 630 Volt and 1 uF / 630 Volt Copper Foil/Paper Tube Paper-in-Oil Capacitor
Jensen is also a long time player in the capacitor industry. They not only supply for the audio, but also for another high voltage application in the capacitor industry. One of their latest technology (not really latest) is the capacitor with Paper based chassis. So instead of using Aluminum or Copper as other commonly use, they use Paper as the chassis material (very interesting idea). Inside, the technology also based on famous Paper dielectric (in-Oil) with Pure Copper Foil material. Actually, Jensen has 4 chassis type. From the cheapest to the most expensive, Aluminum, Paper, Copper, then Ceramic. Aluminum may cost around US$ 40 each (for 0.47), while the Paper will jump up to around US$ 100. Copper and Ceramic may cost 10-20% more from Paper.
Condition: New, never used. I will not sell the already passed break-in period, since this capacitor is my current reference for “affordable” capacitor (below my current reference, Duelund CAST Ag).
Jensen 4-pole Electrolytic Capacitor 470 uF / 450 VDC
Jensen announces their new innovation in the capacitor industry, the 4-pole capacitor. This is not like ordinary multi-pole capacitor with multiple capacitance. This capacitor only has single capacitance, but has 4-poles: One positive input, one negative input, one positive output, and one negative output. What is the point of this? To separate the previous stage (connected to positive/negative input) and next stage (connected to positive/negative output) in your power supply rail (with the Jensen on the center). So basically this Jensen 4-pole will act like an inter-stage transformer which will separate the before and after stage where he is installed. Quite sensational, eh? Best used on the C2 position, to provide ample capacitance and separate unwanted noise between C1 and C3. The overall sound of this capacitor tends to be very neutral, plain, perhaps almost no character. Wait after it passes the 200++ hours break-in period, and you will get a very dynamic, clean, smooth, and details from low mid to high, but still remains neutral.
Condition: New, never used.
Asking price (1 pc): Rp 800.000. Retail price at PCX is around $91!
JAN Raytheon 5842 / 417A Vacuum Tubes
Tube 5842 or 417A is a high transconductance single triode in miniature construction. The design also features low noise (beside high transconductane and medium mu), which is suitable for a single stage design to drive power tube, example like 2A3 (you can search for the schematic around the Internet). So instead of using more expensive 6SN7 or 6SL7, you can try different approach with this single triode miniature tube. The 6.3 volt heater only consumes 300mA of current. With amplification factor of 43, you can have a lot of design possibility. Also, not to mention it’s reasonable price. Reason for selling this is I got enough on hand (check picture).
Condition: Was bought several years ago, claimed as NOS by the seller, but can see some burn marks on the top glass silver getter. Although this burn marks doesn’t always indicating an used tube, but it’s fair enough for the buyer to understand first. Check picture for detail.
Asking price (1 pair): Rp 500.000. Stock for sale is 2 pairs only.
DACT Stepped Attenuator 100 KOhm
DACT CT-2 Stepped Attenuator provides 24 steps and 60 dB of attenuation. This series based attenuator use 23 low resistance, non-inductive, metal film SMD resistor to provide shortest signal path and best accuracy. The sound is clean, smooth, excellent staging, and dark background. For me, the taste of this SMD on DACT is quite different compared to leaded based resistor on other type of attenuator. I’m not saying which one is better, but they both has their own taste and follower.
Condition: New, never used.
Asking price (1 pc): Rp 2.000.000. Stock for sale is 1 pc only.
Knight 600B Emission Based Tube Tester
One of the most popular, easy to use, and affordable Tube Emission Tester, the Knight 600 Series. This will test for the emission for almost all of your tubes collection, from #26, 5U4, to 12AX7, even it covers some socket which both me and you might not (or never) familiar with. Physical condition is perhaps not really good. Comes with original wooden box and handle (some rust here and there). Unit is working, but I think it will need some calibration and good step-down transformer (this one has 115 Volt input). This is a nice tester, but only for “go-and-no-go” quick decision. I’m selling this because I don’t have any use of having two tube testers. I will keep my Hickok 539B as my future tester. One is enough. I have some copy/printed manual and also additional tube data (which not listed on the roll chart) for this Knight 600B and will give to the new owner. Off course, you can always use the roll chart for most of the time, if your tube is listed there.
Condition: Need some calibration and wood working, considering this is over 40 or 50 years old unit. Unit power on and can be used to measure tube for emission. But for best result, I would suggest to do some calibration (which is not too difficult if you know some about electronics).
Asking price: Contact me! Only for serious buyer who knows what he/she is buying!