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Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester

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The easy to use VT1000 is a fully automatic tube tester that performs a wide range of tests quickly and accurately. The benefits of using the VT1000 ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The VT1000 offers everyone an extremely simple, portable, reliable, inexpensive and safe way to test tubes.

The easy to use VT1000 is a fully automatic tube tester that performs a wide range of tests quickly and accurately. The benefits of using the VT1000 are clear and wide reaching; users can quickly and simply match and test valves, plus receive a reliable health check as to whether their valves are good, bad or worn. Until now testing tubes with little or no knowledge of valve theory was difficult, expensive and often unreliable. The VT1000 will test all popular power and pre-amp valves. Its ease of use will appeal to all tube users.

The unit has one octal and two nine pin valve sockets for different tube types; simply insert the tube to be tested into the correct socket, select the tube type from the list on the unit and press ˜START' to test. The results are displayed clearly and concisely using LEDs and will test for a wide range of fault conditions, which could easily cause damage to other components. The simplicity of operation belies what is going on ˜inside the box', where a CPU controlled testing system is in operation, allowing full control over all inter-electrode switching and measurement operations.


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Orange AmplifiersTube Tester
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Functional (8)
  • Good quality (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pricey but useful

I have a number of vintage tube amps. I had been interested in the VT 1000 for some time as I hoped it might reduce the number of trips I need to make to...Read complete review

I have a number of vintage tube amps. I had been interested in the VT 1000 for some time as I hoped it might reduce the number of trips I need to make to the local amp guru. However, the price gave me pause. I finally bit when a "special invitation" sale gave a bit of a price break.

I found the device to be immediately useful. It is very easy to use, and when I tested the tubes in my main gigging amp (a 1967 Fender Deluxe Reverb), the first stage preamp tube (V2) failed. I had had the amp serviced only 8 months before. I replaced the tube and was treated to a more "focused" sound with less background noise.

So, it can be helpful. Anyone considering buying one will have to do their own cost/benefit analysis.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

overpriced no socket for rectifer tubes

o.k. ..nice tool to save you a trip to the amp repair guy..BUT..no socket for rectifer tubes!
Could it have killed you guys to add one more...Read complete review

o.k. ..nice tool to save you a trip to the amp repair guy..BUT..no socket for rectifer tubes!
Could it have killed you guys to add one more socket?..For the price I would expect more..

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

overpriced no socket for rectifer tubes

By Steve{the guitar}Darr

from Napa Valley, California

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional

Cons

  • No Socket For Rectifer
  • No Socket For Retififer
  • Tubes

Best Uses

  • Backup

Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

o.k. ..nice tool to save you a trip to the amp repair guy..BUT..no socket for rectifer tubes!
Could it have killed you guys to add one more socket?..For the price I would expect more..

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Must Have Item

By tele1957

from Narberth, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

      From finding weak tubes to gauging matched pairs, this tool does it all. It will not measure rectifier tubes, but other than that, it rocks. Completely satisfied!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      shake RATTLE and roll

      By Rick

      from Ventura CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

          The first one came with something rattling around inside it. M.F. exchanged it no problem. I would have given five stars except for that.

           
          5.0

          Check your tubes before you use them.

          By Mtdan

          from Bitterroot, MT

          About Me Experienced

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

              This tester is built great. Works as advertised. Check your tubes that you order before use. I have checked brand new tubes that said they are a matched pair. When I checked a brand new matched pair of Genelax KT77 tubes they were rated to be a medium pair. When I checked them one tube was at 3 worn and the other was at 2 fail. Again a brand new pair of supposedly matched tubes. When I checked a new matched pair of JJ EL34 they were both at 11 good. These tubes matched what was on the boxes. So be aware that a matched pair of tubes is not always what you will get.

               
              5.0

              great deal

              By toulouse

              from MA

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backup
                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

                great device

                 
                5.0

                Easy to use, works great!

                By The Stoof

                from Northumberland Pennsylvania USA baby!

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Functional
                • Good Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Testing tubes in your amp or in your collection.

                  Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

                  The tube tester works as advertised. It is easy to use. I even put back a few of my tubes that I previously tested to see how consistent the results would be and they tested exactly the same. I also own a vintage tube tester and was able to cross test tubes to check consistency. As long as the user follows the directions, the tester works great!

                   
                  4.0

                  Pricey but useful

                  By Alan Smithee

                  from Ohio

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Preventive maintenance

                  Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

                  I have a number of vintage tube amps. I had been interested in the VT 1000 for some time as I hoped it might reduce the number of trips I need to make to the local amp guru. However, the price gave me pause. I finally bit when a "special invitation" sale gave a bit of a price break.

                  I found the device to be immediately useful. It is very easy to use, and when I tested the tubes in my main gigging amp (a 1967 Fender Deluxe Reverb), the first stage preamp tube (V2) failed. I had had the amp serviced only 8 months before. I replaced the tube and was treated to a more "focused" sound with less background noise.

                  So, it can be helpful. Anyone considering buying one will have to do their own cost/benefit analysis.

                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Is it really that accurate??

                  By wfgiles

                  from Camarillo, CA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • No Slot For Rectifier Tub

                    Best Uses

                    • Quick Testmatch

                    Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

                    The tube tester is easy to use, simple to operate. I wonder about its "accuracy" though. Every tube I test, even old tubes taken out of old amps tests "good". I mean some of these are OLD Silvertone 12AX7's. Hmmm, most of these I had ready to go into the trash. Frankly, I would feel better if a few tested "bad" or even "worn". As it is now I have to assume I can run these in amps??

                    I would have liked a way to test rectifier tubes.

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Tool

                    By jamme

                    from nj

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

                        Easy to use. Had a whole drawer of NOS tubes that were pulls and had no idea if they were good or bad? This tool has enabled me to define what I have. I paid a tube vendor 50
                        to check 14 12ax7's finaly I can check this stuff myself I love it.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Tool to screen ones Tube locker

                        By Davey Rocket

                        from NC

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Functional
                        • Good Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Orange Amplifiers Tube Tester:

                            Very good tool to better assess your tube locker. I have a passive 1960's tube tester for tubes not covered by the Vt1000. But it does cover the majority of tubes used by todays Guitar amps, only missing the rectifiers. Does better and quicker testing than manual Eico 666. Grading of the tubes greatly helps matching of power tubes and handy to find preamp tubes with matched sections for PI duties.

                            If you have numerous tube amps, the vt1000 is an essential tool to have them run their best.

                            Caught a few tubes that were weak or bad that pass the Eico 666.

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