Results 1 to 8 of 8

Old Radio Tubes

| More than Scrap Value
  1. #1
    Resourceful started this thread.
    Resourceful's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Jan 2012
    Location
    BC Canada
    Posts
    60
    Thanks
    91
    Thanked 34 Times in 17 Posts

    Old Radio Tubes





    I saved these radio and tv tubes over some time scrapping. Yesterday I advertised them on a local buy/sell facebook page and immediately got an offer of 30 bucks. I didn't really know if there was any market for these beforhand. I agreed to the 30. and then someone else offered $35. The first guy came right over to pay and pickup his goods. Sometimes it pays off to save stuff.

  2. The Following 3 Users say Thank You for This Post by Resourceful:



  3. #2
    PartTimeScrapper's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Morrison, Colorado
    Posts
    3,387
    Thanks
    890
    Thanked 2,870 Times in 1,191 Posts
    Sad part is some of them you could have probable got $30 a piece for them.

  4. #3
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Posts
    286
    Thanks
    52
    Thanked 138 Times in 86 Posts
    You did good at $30. TV tubes trade in a narrow market - certain sizes are really valuable but most are run of the mill. Odd thing is a lot of folks saved the bad ones.

    If you get big tubes, they're usually worth the most. The smaller tubes with colorful lettering are usually 60's TV tubes and worth the least.

    I'm no expert but trade in these every now and then.

  5. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by IronPirate:


  6. #4
    Victor's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    167
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 156 Times in 77 Posts
    There is a decent market on eBay for them.

  7. #5
    Mechanic688's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Warsaw , Ind. In the heart of the lakes, and down the street from the hotel where Al Capone stayed.
    Posts
    9,077
    Thanks
    9,905
    Thanked 9,298 Times in 4,267 Posts
    The tubes with a silver metal top piece that a wire snaps onto are power tubes (nickname top cap) and usually worth some money.
    P & M Recycling - Specializing in E-Waste Recycling.
    If you enjoy your freedom, thank a vet.

  8. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by Mechanic688:


  9. #6
    mikeinreco's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor


    Member since
    Dec 2011
    Location
    TENNESSEE
    Posts
    2,838
    Thanks
    788
    Thanked 2,538 Times in 1,174 Posts
    Why are they worth anything? Is their a vintage tv market or they used for something else? Ham radio, other old electronics?? Please enlighten me

  10. #7
    Mechanic688's Avatar
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Warsaw , Ind. In the heart of the lakes, and down the street from the hotel where Al Capone stayed.
    Posts
    9,077
    Thanks
    9,905
    Thanked 9,298 Times in 4,267 Posts
    The top caps will produce some hi power and in the 60's and 70's they would use the innards of these tube type tv's and make a illegal cb radio amplifier, there was big demand for them. Even today some of those older amps are still running so they need extra tubes, plus you have the ole tv restorers trying to rebuild the tv's. They just don't make some of those tubes anymore, Russia is making some but I don't know if the quality is there or not. Also some of the small tubes were used in early car radio's.

  11. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by Mechanic688:


  12. #8
    SMF Badges of Honor



    Member since
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Jacksonville, NC
    Posts
    3,056
    Thanks
    8,660
    Thanked 3,120 Times in 1,461 Posts
    Those who will buy radio tubes inculde. Ham radio ops who use vintage equipement and design new radios using tubes. Some people pay big bucks for audio equipement that use tubes. The numbers are small but they are very committed to the vintage equipement. If you check out ebay you will find a lot forsale. Also if you run into a tube tester they sell for good money. Mike.
    "Profit begins when you buy NOT when you sell." {quote passed down to me from a wise man}

    Now go beat the copper out of something, Miked

  13. The Following 2 Users say Thank You for This Post by miked:


  14.  
    Browse the Most Recent Threads
    On SMF In THIS CATEGORY.





    OR


    Similar threads on the Scrap Metal Forum

    1. Radio shack discovery 3
      By Copper Head in forum Scrap Metal Prices
      Replies: 3
      Last Post: 09-16-2012, 10:28 PM
    2. TV tubes
      By joltinjoe in forum Scrap Metal Questions and Answers
      Replies: 3
      Last Post: 07-21-2012, 11:42 PM
    3. Radio Tubes a possible place to sell them.
      By miked in forum More than Scrap Value
      Replies: 3
      Last Post: 04-13-2012, 09:33 AM
    4. Updated CB Radio rig
      By TrashPickingAusKid2 in forum Off Topic Discussions
      Replies: 3
      Last Post: 03-30-2012, 03:36 PM
    5. CRT Tubes
      By Johnicek in forum General - Let's talk business
      Replies: 25
      Last Post: 03-10-2012, 09:40 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

The Scrap Metal Forum

    The Scrap Metal Forum is the #1 scrap metal recycling community in the world. Here we talk about the scrap metal business, making money, where we connect with other scrappers, scrap yards and more.

SMF on Facebook and Twitter

Twitter Facebook