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Are NOS tubes REALLY expensive?

10/22/1998 3:08 PM
Graywater
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Are NOS tubes REALLY expensive?
Friends, neighbors, and fellow tuberosities:  
 
Somehow in this world of "cheaper than water" imported tubes some have come to beleive that NOS tubes are expensive, and perhaps some are. While looking though my stuff I found a "GE Suggested LIST PRICES, July 1, 1977." So, I went into the Bureau of Labor Statistics website, found a "constant dollars" index and converted 1977 dollars into 1998 dollars. For example, what would cost you a dollar in 1977 would now cost $2.68 with 22 years of inflation. The following are some selected tubes with 1977 and 1998 equivalent prices. Since NOS tubes are a limited and sometimes scarce quantity (and were not so in 1977) you might just find out that the prices aren't all that different (and then again, some really are).  
 
Tube Designation 1977 1998 Constant $  
 
5AR4/GZ34 $7.15 $19.18  
5AS4 $4.35 $11.67  
5AU4 $5.45 $14.62  
5U4 $4.35 $11.67  
5V3 $5.45 $14.62  
5V4GA $6.15 $16.49  
5Y3G $4.60 $12.34  
5Z3 $8.25 $22.13  
6AC10 $6.05 $16.23  
6AQ5A/6HG5 $4.75 $12.74  
6005/6AQ5W $8.25 $22.13  
6AX5GT $7.50 $20.11  
6BJ8 $5.50 $14.75  
6BQ5/EL84 $5.50 $14.75  
6CA7/EL34 $7.80 $20.92  
6CM6 $5.90 $15.82  
6CW5/EL86 $4.75 $12.74  
6CZ5 $6.70 $17.97  
6DL5/EL95 $4.10 $11.00  
6EU7 $5.65 $15.15  
6FG7 $8.00 $21.46  
6GB6 $7.50 $20.11  
6GM5 $5.05 $13.54  
6J5 $8.60 $23.06  
6K6GT $5.70 $15.29  
6L6GC $8.55 $22.93  
6SL7GT $8.00 $21.46  
6SN7GTB $5.30 $14.21  
6V6GTA $6.40 $17.16  
6X4 $5.05 $13.54  
6X5GT $5.15 $13.81  
12AT7/ECC81 $4.75 $12.74  
12AU7A/ECC82 $4.30 $11.53  
12AX7/ECC83 $4.40 $11.80  
12AX7A/7025 $4.40 $11.80  
12BH7A $5.55 $14.88  
50C5 $4.30 $11.53  
5879 $9.10 $24.41  
6550A $11.40 $30.57  
6973 $4.15 $11.13  
7027A $10.60 $28.43  
7189A $6.05 $16.23  
7199 $7.20 $19.31  
7247 $5.70 $15.29  
7355 $7.50 $20.11  
7408 $5.35 $14.35  
7581A $10.50 $28.16  
7591A $7.15 $19.18  
7695 $6.15 $16.49  
7868 $7.55 $20.25  
8417 $10.65 $28.56  
 
Have fun  
 
GW

 
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