#1
I've never bought tubes over the internet. Is this as straight forward and risk free as it seems or is it fraught with potential complications?

Recommendations for particularly reliable online suppliers are welcome. Cheers.
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#2
These websites test all tubes and also offer matching and burn-in. One or two of them might have the option of having higher breakup or lower breakup tubes.

www.eurotubes.com
www.tubedepot.com
www.thetubestore.com
www.tubesandmore.com

Never from Guitar Center or Musician's Friend. They can also be more expensive.
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#3
All the tubes I've bought over the internet have been fine. (Around 16 or so)
If you're in the UK, I've bought from hotroxuk.com (I've only made one order though of around 12 or so tubes, they came in a box which was well padded with bubble wrap)
Also bought a few tubes singly from a few different places and were all fine (also came wrapped in bubble wrap)
If you're elsewhere in the world, I don't have any experience with them, but I've seen people on here recommend eurotubes.com

Maybe someone who's bought tubes more times might know more about particular websites but buying tubes online should be fine
#4
I use thetubestore.com. I got 1 microphonic tube, but they shipped another for free. Good service. I know tubedepot and eurotubes also have a good rep
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#5
I use dougstubes.com
I can vouche for reliability.
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#6
I've bought from tubedepot, thetubestore, and amplifiedparts with good success. I purchased some from a big-box store and they arrived busted up. A quick phone-call and they sent out some new ones that arrived safely at no cost to me.

There is always risk that something could happen to the tubes in shipping. They are glass.
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#7
neither dougs, tube depot nor eurotubes have yet to let me down, i have ordered from all three, multiple times. they have a pretty solid reputation from what i hear as well.

the prices are slightly different on different things, so thats why i shop around, i don't really have a regular place.
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neither dougs, tube depot nor eurotubes have yet to let me down, i have ordered from all three, multiple times. they have a pretty solid reputation from what i hear as well.

the prices are slightly different on different things, so thats why i shop around, i don't really have a regular place.

+1

I use KCANOS tubes if I'm looking at NOS stuff, but Tubedepot can have some good sales. Cath turned me on to TCtubes though and they seem to have good deals on NOS/ANOS tubes
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#9
Thank guys. Great info.
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