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    Hey Tube Heads

    Music Direct has the CAIG - VACUUM TUBE SURVIVAL KIT on sale for $29.99, which is $10 bucks off normal price.

    CAIG VACUUM TUBE SURVIVAL KIT at Music Direct

    I just ordered one with the hopes of getting a little performance bump from my VAC pre, which I know has never had any cleaning done to it. My tubes are new but I will still treat them with the DeoxIT Gold and clean all the sockets.

    At some point, I will open up the Counterpoint and do the same.

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    I simply wipe any accumulated dust off of the COLD tube, and a spot of windex on a microfiber is useful. Then I wiggle the tube around in its socket. Then I check the bias and move on.

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    I have been using tuner cleaner and lubricator on my tubes. I have a bottle of deoxit on order. Remember to not handle the glass with your bare fingers as the oil can create hot spots and burn out the tubes faster.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyfi View Post
    which I know has never had any cleaning done to it. My tubes are new but I will still treat them with the DeoxIT Gold and clean all the sockets.
    While I have been a Caig user for thirty years, I am leery of applying it to tube pins and sockets.

    Advice from Victor Khomenko

    of BAT.

    As an aside, he grew up in a family where several members worked at the Svetlana (now SED) factory in St. Petersburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E-Stat View Post
    While I have been a Caig user for thirty years, I am leery of applying it to tube pins and sockets.

    Advice from Victor Khomenko

    of BAT.

    As an aside, he grew up in a family where several members worked at the Svetlana (now SED) factory in St. Petersburg.
    Thanks for the heads up. Maybe I will just clean the sockets and not apply the pro gold to the tubes.

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    I would much rather put the $30 towards a new set of tubes I'd want to try, personally.
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    Tuner cleaner and deoxit are fine and won't leave a residue or gunk up anything. I always wipe the pins clear after applying any cleaner.
    Pass Labs X250 amp, BAT Vk-51se Preamp,
    Thorens TD-145 TT, Bellari phono preamp, Nagaoka MP-200 Cartridge
    Magnepan QR1.6 speakers
    Luxman DA-06 DAC
    Van Alstine Ultra Plus Hybrid Tube DAC
    Dual Martin Logan Original Dynamo Subs
    Parasound A21 amp
    Vintage Luxman T-110 tuner
    Magnepan MMG's, Grant Fidelity DAC-11, Class D CDA254 amp
    Monitor Audio S1 speakers, PSB B6 speakers
    Vintage Technic's Integrated amp
    Music Hall 25.2 CDP
    Adcom GFR 700 AVR
    Cables- Cardas, Silnote, BJC
    Velodyne CHT 8 sub

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    I have a can of Deoxit but find it works no better than contact cleaner from Lowes.

    Next time I clean tube pins it will be with Magic Eraser.

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