YSaC, Vol. 259: In space, nobody can hear you’re stupid.

2009 April 3

A couple of people sent this one in. Unfortunately, it had been flagged by the time I got to it … but luckily Sarah had taken a screen shot of it:

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For those of you with Internet Eye Syndrome, here’s the text of the ad:

“Hi i have 8 7591 vacuum tubes that were new old stock, i tested these in a scott amplifier and worked well. I carefully removed the glass on each tube to clean both sides as all the tops had silver inside blocking view of tubes light now the tubes have no glass but may still work. asking 50.00 each.”

John had also pointed me towards this listing, saying:

“This guy’s post is for a set of 8 NOS (new old stock) tubes for audio amplifiers. NOS mean they were made long ago, but are still not used. A pack of 8 of these NOS would be worth $200+ easily. So this guy breaks off the glass and “cleans all the shiny stuff” off the insides. The only place these might work would be the vacuum of space and are now worthless. That’s sort of like: New Light bulbs. I opened them to clean out the white stuff. They should still work. Oh and they don’t come with the glass anymore.”

Sarah’s commentary was, “It’s almost worth the $50 to see if this guy keeps doing it. Almost.”

Of course, since I’m a girl, my reaction was, “But will they match my shoes?”

Thanks, Sarah and John!

37 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 April 3

    Perhaps some enterprising atompunk could find use for them… probably not at $50 per, however…

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  2. 2009 April 3

    “…but may still work. asking 50.00 each.” Ahh …. classic CL speak. Translation: “I may or may not have a piece of crap to sell, but it will cost you to find out.”

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  3. 2009 April 3
    brashieel permalink

    You know, I’d probably have paid a decent amount of money for those if he hadn’t painstakingly broken them all.

    Seriously. Vacuum tubes… without the vacuum? As stated, the only place those would still function would be in space.

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  4. 2009 April 4
    laura permalink

    For Sale, Chocolate Covered Peanuts In Original Box $50

    New Old Stock. I carefully sucked off the chocolate and spit out the peanuts back into the box. The peanuts have no chocolate but may still taste good.

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    • 2011 April 17
      Addicted Reader permalink

      Make it chocolate-covered raisins and you’ve got a deal!

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  5. 2009 April 4
    woofless permalink

    He ought to try selling the glass for $50 a piece. Surely some desperate crackhead/meth-head would buy them for “recreational” purposes. But something tells me they have already been put to good use….someone who thinks a vacuum tube with no vacuum is worth $50 is definitely under the influence of some kind of drug.

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  6. 2009 April 7
    kristen55 permalink

    I really feel like this has to be a joke. How could anyone who knows enough about VTs to actually test them out in an amp, be stupid enough to break them to ‘clean’ them?

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  7. 2011 April 17
    Addicted Reader permalink

    So we’ve gone from Batshit Crazy to Dangerously Stupid?

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    • 2011 April 17

      It’s only a small step from one to the other.

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      • 2011 April 17
        Addicted Reader permalink

        ::starts lining windows with tinfoil::

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        • 2011 April 17

          I’ll go prepare the emergency bunker.

          Don’t worry, I carefully removed the lead on the walls to clean the inside as all the walls had 3-foot thick steel plating inside blocking views of the nuclear blast now the bunker has no real protection but may still work.

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  8. 2011 April 17

    Some of my best friends are audio engineers, and one of them has a home business restoring vacuum-tube equipment. I am supremely going to have to forward this to them.

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  9. 2011 April 17
    SisterLyle permalink

    I have a box of NOS thermometers for sale. I removed the glass to clean them and took out all the weird shiny stuff, played with it awhile, then dumped it down the drain. There’s no glass left but they’re clean now! I think they’ll still work just fine. I’m asking for 50.00 each.

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  10. 2011 April 17

    Isn’t vacuumtube an internet site where people can put videos that suck?

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    • 2011 April 17
      Windrose permalink

      Hammy, which puppy is that? I haven’t memorized them yet. 8) Oh, and PUPPY!!!

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      • 2011 April 17

        Berty, she’s a cutie!

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        • 2011 April 17
          Windrose permalink

          I’m glad I don’t have to pick one. 8) Do you give discounts if someone takes the whole litter?

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  11. 2011 April 17
    Windrose permalink

    Maybe you could put an LED light on the remaining bits and pretend they work just like NOS! Or you could dip them in silver paint and use them for decorations next winter! Or you could hang them from fruit trees to scare wild birds away! I think I’m going to charge the poster $50 for all these great ideas. 8)

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  12. 2011 April 17
    Bianchi Sound permalink

    Geez, who uses a vacuum with tubes these days anyway? The new digital vacuums are so much cheaper and lighter than the old tube or transistor models. Plus, you can take pictures with them.

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    • 2011 April 17

      My vacuum has wi-fi and it’s own Facebook page.

      Adores: 6
      • 2011 April 17

        That sucks.

        Adores: 2
        • 2011 April 17

          What sucks is that it refuses to accept my friend request.

          Damn elitist Dyson.

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  13. 2011 April 17
    SpaceBug permalink

    Dear Sparky, I’m all out of clothespins, do you think I could use these to make a NOS Jeebus

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  14. 2011 April 17
    Addicted Reader permalink

    I’M IN THE BOX!!!!!!

    Punch me, Windy!

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    • 2011 April 17
      Camille permalink

      Patience, AR. The punching happens late at night. That gives you time to search for the helmet.

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      • 2011 April 17
        CapnMac permalink

        Four time zones’ difference makes that a tad unlikely–and helmet-hair is such a complicated way to start a Monday . . .

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      • 2011 April 17
        Addicted Reader permalink

        Yes, but I go to bed early in a time zone 3 hours ahead of Windrose. I’ll probably be asleep* by the time she gets here.

        *Actually, since Passover starts tomorrow and we’re going away and haven’t started cleaning or packing, I’ll probably be awake pretty late. But either way, I won’t be here much longer.

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    • 2011 April 17
      SisterLyle permalink

      Here’s some leather bondage equipment to help with your urge to be punched, AR. I removed all the metal rivets and spikes, and cut holes in the leather, but it should still work. Asking 50.00.

      Oops, sorry… I forgot to turn off Craigslist Mode.

      Adores: 4
  15. 2011 April 17

    So, Sparky removed the glass, which eliminated the vacuum part. Then he tossed the glass, so the tube part is no longer part the sale. It would seem then that Sparky is simply selling a bunch of. I mean, not that it matters to me, I’m not in the market for a, much less 8 of them, but I suspect someone is going to be disappointed when they get an air-mailed bubble envelope full of.

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  16. 2011 April 17
    SisterLyle permalink

    OT

    On occasion, I read the daft little ‘OMG!’ fashion faux pas article so I can laugh at ridiculous fashions of the people that are somehow famous for doing absolutely nothing. This week, Kellis (the Milkshake lady) wore something that was not only hideously worthy of Craigslist (in that whoever would dare to post it would be at our mercy) but the commentator made a comment that made me wonder if perhaps they’re lurkers to our llama nun’s fine establishment.

    http://omg.yahoo.com/photos/what-were-they-thinking/4748?nc#OmgPhoid=6

    We’re leaning toward her bedazzled, hoof-like heels.

    This is probably the only time I’ve ever heard a reference to bedazzling and hooves in the same context outside of YSaC.

    /OT

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  17. 2011 April 17
    Windrose permalink

    I am exhausted from yard work and all the cleaning and stuff, so I am going to punch out early. AR, Punchity punch punch and Happy Passover tomorrow! Hammy, Punchity Punch punch in a very honorably mentioned way.

    G’Night, Schenectady!

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