#1
This is the first time I've ever had to replace a tube (in my Carvin Legacy). I read that you just pull them out, but I don't want to damage anything. FYI, the tubes hang down, the base isn't at the bottom, I don't know if that matters at all. Thanks, please respond quickly, as I'm going to GC this afternoon, and the old tube needs to be with to "sort some things out", the tube could possibly not be the reason the reverb's not working.
#2
Give it a pull and wiggle it a bit.
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#3
If it's a tube driven reverb, then yes a tube failure will cause the reverb to stop working.

You just pull the tubes out. A lot of amps with downward hanging tubes have tube retainers that keep them from eventually working their way out. If yours has these, then a screwdriver should be all it takes to get them loose.
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#4
remember to put on a soft glove or wrap a dust cloth around your hand when you takeout/put in the tubes. This will prevent oil from your hands getting on them and potentially shortening their life
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#5
Quote by WlCmToTheJungle
remember to put on a soft glove or wrap a dust cloth around your hand when you takeout/put in the tubes. This will prevent oil from your hands getting on them and potentially shortening their life
pfft, I handle tubes all the time, it doesn't do anything.
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#6
Quote by MrCarrot
pfft, I handle tubes all the time, it doesn't do anything.

as much as i think that's true, you can't know if it actually doesn't do anything.
#8
the ol' "oil on the hands" thing is an overblown myth

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#9
Quote by The red Strat.
as much as i think that's true, you can't know if it actually doesn't do anything.
Just as equally, you can't prove it does anything.

The theory is that the oil can cause glass fractures....

But even so, the tube is far more likely to just die than fracture glass from that.

And from all the videos and pictures i've seen, people like Bob at Eurotubes and the people working on Mesa's Robotube machine all use their bare hands to handle tubes.

+1 To the guys above and below me.

However the **** wrong that sounds
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#10
Generally the only time gloves are necessary is when the tubes are hot and you don't feel like burning your hand off.
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#11
Agreed, you can handle tubes and it will not shorten their life any. If you understand how a tube works, you will understand that finger oil on the outside of the tube will not cause any ill effects. However if you feel like wearing gloves, by all means, please do!
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#12
Quote by Gutch220
the ol' "oil on the hands" thing is an overblown myth

Q...How many old school Les Paul fans does it take to change a lightbulb?
A...Four!
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No it isn't. The oil on your hands will burn on the tube. Put a sock on your hand and put the new tubes in. If you don't believe it then touch all over the tube, put it in, and check out your finger residue burning on it.
#13
Quote by paranormal5150
No it isn't. The oil on your hands will burn on the tube. Put a sock on your hand and put the new tubes in. If you don't believe it then touch all over the tube, put it in, and check out your finger residue burning on it.

Sure, it will burn off, but exactly how is this going to negatively affect the tube's lifespan? The critical operation of the tube depends on a temperature difference between the cathode and the anode, which are inside the tube and have no contact with the glass casing. The casing really isn't what's important (except for maintaining the vacuum), heck the old production 6L6's had metal casing.
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#14
Well I say its been told for this long for a reason and I don't take chances. It's going to take about two seconds to put a sock on your hand so just use the sock!
#15
If you don't know what you're doing then take it to a profesinal.
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