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Re: [TCML] First VTTC - Some help needed choosing tubes

Thanks Dave!
I am amazed at some of very low tech methods that you sometimes see on line
that people have come up with.
Milling flats on a regular induction motor to make it a synchronous motor
is an example.

On Dec 27, 2018 6:02 PM, "David Speck" <Dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


There are (or were) outfits that would rebuild big industrial power tubes
for a price.  They could dismantle and reassemble them, but there were
special skills and tools required.  It's probably becoming a lost art.

Pumping down a tube will require a bake-out oven, and roughing and
diffusion pumps.  IIRC, most vacuum tubes require a very clean vacuum
around 10^-6 Torr, which is not easy to achieve, and then you have to seal
off the exhaust port in a way that will not leak.

I am not aware of any gas filled tubes being used in the standard VTTC
model.  Gas tubes are generally thyratrons or rectifiers, not amplifiers.

Starting from scratch will be even more daunting.  Effective envelopes,
filaments, getters, and plate structures often involve some exotic alloys
and compounds,

Given the relative abundance of suitable vacuum tubes out there on the
'bay, you are definitely better off buying one ready made than trying to
repair or build one from scratch, unless you want to invest lots of time
and $$$ in tube production.

There are many ceramic power tubes like the 3CX.... or 4CX.... series out
there, in any kind of wattage you could hope to drive. Just finding (and
powering) a filament transformer for some of the big tubes is an adventure
in itself.

You can make a very nice VTTC with 1-4 833A tubes, and the 833C variants
with the graphite anodes can handle even more power.


On 12/27/2018 11:06 AM, Tedd Dillard wrote:

> Has anyone ever heard about either repairing a damaged tube or even
> building one from scratch?
> Seems like it may not be that difficult given that for coil use you have
> specific capabilities needed compared to the broad use that these tubes
> were intended for. How good of a vacuum is needed? Are they, can they be
> gas filled?
> Teddy
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