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Tubes / Re: Warning eBay's Global Shipping Program
« Last post by gamve on October 31, 2017, 02:10:22 PM »
And so what is the case if you buy new current manufacture tubes?
Does this only apply to Ebay and their global shipping partner.
What a load of sh!t. They inject pregnant woman and babies with
flu shots and vaccines containing mercury and the poor old vacuum tube
is not safe...what about the power saving flouro light bulbs...are they made
in Australia, I doubt it.
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Tubes / Re: Warning eBay's Global Shipping Program
« Last post by stevenvalve on October 30, 2017, 03:19:02 PM »
Here is an email the seller sent me.


New message from: tubes4less (779Purple Star)
Ok so I talked to customer service. I got transferred around and talk to a bunch of people. Basically what they are telling me is that the Australian customs restricts tubes from being shipped there....which I know is a load of garbage because I have shipped hundreds of different tubes there before. But because it was restricted I cannot get the item back and basically they are now going to dispose of it! So they beautiful super rare tube is going to be thrown in the trash. I cannot believe this. They assured me that you have received a refund for the purchase price so that makes it better that at least there is no money lost for this transaction but boy is it depressing to hear that this is just lost due to some stupid rule or misunderstanding of what the item is. I'm very very sorry I hope you understand that this pains me as much as it does you and I had nothing to do with this dumb decision being made. If I hear anything else or I am somehow able to get the item back I will let you know.
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Tubes / Warning eBay's Global Shipping Program
« Last post by stevenvalve on October 30, 2017, 03:05:37 PM »
 A Big Warning,  When you buy a tube in the good old USA. sellers often post via eBay's Global Shipping Program, run i believe by the shipping provider, Pitney Bowes Inc. I have now lost two valves through Pitney Bowes eBay's Global Shipping Program, Why,,,,Because a few valves contain Mercury. They have decided to put a blanket ban every tube that is posted through the program to the outside world. So be warned, these idiots will not return the tube even to is original owner to be resent, they just and in their words, (we just Bin it) It has cost me a super rare new in the Box 1930s RCA UX250 globe and a new Mullard 1958 blackburn MC1 12ax7. Just mindless moron stuff and despite being told of the rarity and speciality in the UX250s case, a piece of history gone and lost forever, even the original owner, a well respected tube dealer, said he has never seen a new UX250 in 15 year of selling. They just steal your valves through there stupid ignorance. And the most amazing thing is they do not tell the tube - Valve dealers they are going to impound the items, just let them send and then take them. There is a few of many emails they sent me confirming the stupidity of it all.

Hello Steven,
 
I don't want you to feel like we are avoiding your questions, Steven. The packages that are shipped through our shipping partners are investigated at random. If the package is not opened there is a chance that it will make it through the hub. If the package does get reviewed and contains vacuum tubes, it will be stopped. I can't say why your package in particular was stopped and fallen subject to the restriction.
Best Regards,
Karie C.
Global Shipping Specialist

Hello Steven,
 
My name is Bear with eBay's Global Shipping Program and I wanted to follow up with you regarding your concern. At this time I understand you purchased a RCA Radiotron Vacuum tube; item 152734027813, through the Global Shipping Program, but you have now been issued a full refund and the transaction has been canceled, and you're not quite sure why. I can definitely understand how that would not only be extremely concerning, but very frustrating as well so I've looked closer into this to see what I can do to help.
 
Looking into this transaction, if an item arrives to our hub and it  is under one of our restricted categories,  our hub will not proceed with the shipment and will liquidate(not destroy) the item in order retrieve some asset back. A refund will be issued to both parties, and the transaction will be considered complete.
 
In this particular case, the problem is with the tube itself. There are a number of vintage vacuum tubes that were manufactured with mercury, heavy metals, or radioactive materials, that can become hazardous if the tube were to be broken. I understand that this particular tube may not contain the materials in question, but this is not something that can be easily determined. For safety reasons, our shipping partner, Pitney Bowes, has restricted them from being shipped.
 
I realize this does nothing to curb your frustration, but wanted to at least let you know why it happened.  If there was a way to request that an exception be made, I would gladly do so in this situation, but because a third party is involved, we must abide by their policies and procedures, especially where international trade law is involved.
 
I hope this helps you understand why the transaction has been canceled and we are not able to forward this item to you.
 
It's been a pleasure working with you, and I hope you have a great day! 
 
Bear P.
Global Shipping Specialist
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Tuners / Re: Scott Tuners
« Last post by stevenvalve on October 25, 2017, 04:00:58 PM »
Hi...i am a new user here. What sonic symptoms are apparent when a tuner is off alignment? I'm basically just wanting this tuner for abc classic fm, so won't be constantly moving the dial anywhere after I have the station locked in.
Hi Noel, i listen mainly to ABC classic fm as well. Is your tuner Valve, If so as the valves take time to warm up and will drift a little at the start. My tuner has been calibrated, but i still have to recenter the station one or two times after i start the tube Scott 310E, then it is fine for the rest of the day. My reception is poor and that does not help. The condition of the valves is important , if they need replacing or are out of specification, that will course problems, What brand is your tuner and is it transistor and is it drifting of the station and does it sound distorted.   
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Tuners / Re: Scott Tuners
« Last post by NoellEagan on October 25, 2017, 03:03:42 AM »
Hi...i am a new user here. What sonic symptoms are apparent when a tuner is off alignment? I'm basically just wanting this tuner for abc classic fm, so won't be constantly moving the dial anywhere after I have the station locked in.
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Other DACs / Re: ZenDAC in simultaneous mode
« Last post by zenelectro on October 23, 2017, 04:42:53 PM »
Incidentally, pixelplay and I bought Ian's FIFO kits and Pedja Rogic's AYA II boards with SDM when they were available a while back, but life was too busy and we just stored them away.

Pixelplay finally connected his up recently. It sounds really great, but - as is often the case - in stock form it leans towards resolution rather than body and the breath of life. I am sure with some tuning it can sound absolutely amazing, but at the moment he prefers his killerdac.

- r

I will also be playing with Pedja's board, just the USB->I2S SDM (not DAC).

T
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Other DACs / Re: ZenDAC in simultaneous mode
« Last post by rab on October 22, 2017, 02:56:59 PM »
Incidentally, pixelplay and I bought Ian's FIFO kits and Pedja Rogic's AYA II boards with SDM when they were available a while back, but life was too busy and we just stored them away.

Pixelplay finally connected his up recently. It sounds really great, but - as is often the case - in stock form it leans towards resolution rather than body and the breath of life. I am sure with some tuning it can sound absolutely amazing, but at the moment he prefers his killerdac.

- r
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Other DACs / Re: ZenDAC in simultaneous mode
« Last post by zenelectro on October 19, 2017, 02:01:24 AM »
And how does it sound...

Just got back from Vietnam and Cambodia.

Haven't had a chance to get the USB -> I2S (simultaneous) board running. Will get to it shortly.

T


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Other DACs / Re: CD player upgrades
« Last post by zenelectro on October 19, 2017, 01:58:55 AM »
Terry...based on your expertise in this area....gives an example of what you would use...

Rob, I'm biased towards AK4497 type DACs as opposed to the ESS DACs.  Currently putting together
dual mono (1 x DAC chip / channel) AK4497 DAC.

The biggest challenge is to get the USB input done right with isolation and re clocking.
For playing 384k PCM, clocks need to be 45 / 49 MHz. Hard to source good clocks at
these freq. I now have a guy in states that can measure and sort clocks for me but he doesn't
have much success finding good ones at these freq's.

I wish you could run audio on 10MHz clocks. You can buy GPS base station grade clocks on ebay for dirt.

cheers

T
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Other DACs / Re: CD player upgrades
« Last post by vitavoxdude on October 17, 2017, 03:25:16 PM »
 :D Nice question Rob - look forward to Zens answer here greatly................... ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)
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