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    Incoming vintage gear day some neat stuff from my Grandpas work shop.

    My Grandpa passed in 2003 and had lots of property 165 acres and various work shops on the property, my Grandma and him spent about 20 years of retirement shopping at flea markets out west traveling in an RV.. They were cleaning out his oldest work shop and found and old crusty Lap steel coated in all the mother of toilet you could want. They also found a vintage tube/battery tester in a nice wooden box and original manual, and appears to still work. My Stepdad wanted to send me both, but I Just asked for the Lap steel. The Tube tester I would really never use other than a decoration, but the lap steel is intriguing lol. Ive restored various gear but never had a lap steel. Want to restore it and jam it through my 6505 +. Click image for larger version  Name:	Old tube tester.jpg Views:	1 Size:	669.5 KB ID:	15539Click image for larger version  Name:	Crusty Lapsteel.jpg Views:	1 Size:	9.0 KB ID:	15540
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    I looked up the tube tester its kind of neat. Was made in 1947 in long island Ny

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      #3
      That's super cool! Don't see those every day. My grandpa used to have something similar when he worked for IBM and the computers used vacuum tubes.

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        #4
        That's really cool. Sorry you lost your Grandpa, though.
        Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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          #5
          Was there a manual or any paperwork? That would be fun to go through and make sure its OK then we can test it on the old tubes we have.
          "Slow Hand"

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            #6
            Originally posted by bigdave View Post
            Was there a manual or any paperwork? That would be fun to go through and make sure its OK then we can test it on the old tubes we have.
            Yes the tube tester has the original instruction manual. I found out it was originally my Great grandfather the self taught tube radio and tv repair king.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Iron1 View Post
              That's really cool. Sorry you lost your Grandpa, though.
              Thanks Lost grandpa back in 2003. Still finding all kinds of cool stuff he had.

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                #8
                http://www.indianaradios.com/Precisi...e%20Tester.htm
                Found a little history on this pretty cool especially if it still works. Given the global semiconductor shortage tubes will reign again lol.

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