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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Since I posted pics of my (newer) EICO machine earlier this evening, I couldn't stop thinking about my *other* tube tester, so here's pics of that one too. :-)

    This likely dates from the 1940's, (earlier?) and is model #450 made by the SUPERIOR INSTRUMENTS COMPANY of NY. It is in a nicely made but well worn finger-jointed wooden case w/brass hardware and leather handle, that measures about 14-1/2" x 11-1/2" x 6". It still has its original cloth covered power cord. There are a handful of old paper documents with it, including two seemingly original 'tube number charts' and a 'tube substitution chart' (both on thin cardboard) and an envelope containing several typewritten pages of "OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS" and additional tube number charts bearing the letterhead of a "SOUTHERN AMUSEMENT COMPANY" of Little Rock, Ark, apparently a business that supplied "phonographs -- coin operated devices". I can only guess this tester was, at one time, property of that Amusement Company...??

    It would have worked just like the EICO -- you'd set the dials according to the tube number found on the chart, plug the tube in, let it warm up, and read the test results on the meter.

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    1. fortapache fortapache, 5 years ago
      I love the old tube testers has lots of knobs, dials, switches etc.
    2. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 5 years ago
      Thanks SO much to:

      I appreciate it, guys! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)

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