A Hickok – Western Electric Cardmatic Tube Tester, KS15874, Tube tester
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For sale in auction is a rare and collectible tube tester, Cardmatic Tube Tester, Model KS15874, made by Hickok for Western Electric. The unit is very close to new condition. It come with a set of about 150 cards for tube testing, a deck of unit's self-checking cards, a deck of blank cards, and a hand punch. Since this unit was made for Western Electric, the tubes used by Western Electric were limited to 100 or so. That is the reason for only 150 cards accompanying this test set. Yet the cards cover a wide range of commercial tubes as well, including the 6SN7, 6L6, 5U4, 5V3, 12AX7, 6V6, 12AU7, etc., in addition to the Western Electric's number tubes. They are enough for the average tube user's requirement. I have tested 0B2, 6V6, 5U4. The unit works flawlessly. But I don't seem to be able to test 6SN7 and 12AX7 tubes. Since I am too busy with other projects, I just have no patience to learn all neaty-grity details of the calibration and operation from the manual (see photo). I have confidence once the buyer of this unit spends some time with this manual, the operation may not be too difficult. For the above reason, I can only guarantee this unit works with some tubes, and will be sold as is. Included are many photos to show that this unit is in very clean and like-new condition. PLEASE READ ON, IMPORTANT....... The unit weighs 45 LBs, gross weight 55 Lbs. Shipping by FedEx : U.S.A. (by ground to West Coast) $116, most Asian countries (by ground) $203, Canada (West Coast) $36 by ground. Please note that the International Shipping rates, generated by Ebay, does not apply to Canada. Please ignore it. Canada's rate varies according to regions. If you live in Canada, please wait for my invoice.