Technician Aids

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UNIVERSAL CABLE TESTER, 9 PLUG TYPES   This professional cable tester quickly tests for continuity and/or conductor shorts for all types of cables in various plug combinations.   Rugged metal construction provides durability and reliability making it handy to bring to the jobsite.  Rotary 9-way switch for easy selection of cables to be tested and internal battery and ground connection status check.  Tests cables with the following connections: 3.5mm jack (mono & stereo), ¼” jack (mono & stereo), 3 and 5 pin XLR (male & female), RCA phono, Banana plugs, 3-pin, 5-pin and 8-pin DIN jacks, 4-pin small DIN (S-Video) jack, 4 and 8-pin Speakon. Requires 9V battery (not included).  Soundlab model CT-04, Tenma Model 72-8785.

Part #CT-04

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Removing and installing strain reliefs can be a frustrating job.   Standard pliers just don't get the job done and can damage the strain relief.   These special strain relief pliers are just what you need.  They fit perfectly on AC power cord strain reliefs and give you the leverage you need to compress the strain relief for easy removal and installation, without damage.
Part #YTH-205

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You know you want one!   Bend resistors to fit in PC boards, perf boards, or turret boards exactly, uniformly.  Makes your repairs and kit builds look completely professional.   Works great on vintage Fender® Blackface and Silverface models.   One side is for 1/2 watt resistors, the other side fits 1/4 watt resistors.   Also perfect for diodes.  Slots for radial lead resistors run along the length of the high impact ABS plastic former. Each slot is .05″ longer than the next and has radiused edges to make perfect, square, symmetrical  bends without stressing the leads.
Part #LF-010

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Chip brushes are very similar to a paint brush. The difference is, paint brushes may use bristles that will melt when in contact with certain solvents and are expensive (for the good ones anyway).  This is where chip brushes shine.   Chip brushes are made with natural China bristles that will hold up to flux, epoxy, glue, resin, stain, paint remover, solvents, cleaners, oils and more.  

They also make a great dry duster to use in cleaning dust, spider webs, etc from the insides of amplifiers.

Chip brushes have a wood handle so they are firm and comfortable to use.    The best part, they cost much less than paint brushes so you can use them to apply sticky, nasty and harsh adhesives or even use them in a parts cleaner with solvent and when you are done with them, toss it out.    Bristles are 1 inch wide, total length of brush is 7 1/4 inches.
Part #CB-491


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Conductive Silver/Carbon Coating for most surfaces (rubber, epoxy, glass, plastic). It is ideal for repairing membrane buttons, keyboard buttons, and other silver/carbon based surfaces.  No mixing required, unlike some other products on the market.   Repairs membrane buttons, keyboard buttons and other carbon-based surfaces.  Useful on remote control buttons, rubber key contacts on professional musical keyboards, etc.  1.0 gram package - enough for dozens of rubber contact buttons.
Part #KCT-44


High performance, long lasting tip, 3-wire grounded high-performance professional soldering iron, 25 watts, UL approved. Small soldering iron stand with sponge. Pen-type solder dispenser containing quality 60/40 solder.  NTE No-Clean desoldering braid (5' roll). Pro 13" Desoldering Pump. A quality soldering kit for the professional which will stand up to repeated use, and give great results every time!  For use on 110-120VAC System only, as found in North America.
Part #PSTK-1




Kit equips the technician to solder and desolder quickly and effectively. Contains 30 watt economy 3-wire grounded soldering iron, 8" super desoldering pump for removing solder, 3S Wick desoldering braid for cleaning up PC board solder points, a small soldering iron stand, and a pen-type solder dispenser containing quality 60/40 solder for electronic work. Excellent value!   For use on 110V-120V AC systems only, as found in North America.
Part #BSK-1




High performance, long lasting tip, 3-wire grounded AC cord for safety. 25 watts, UL approved. Rubber sleeve for comfortable grip. Screw-in replaceable tip. A quality iron for the professional which will stand up to repeated use, and give great results every time! Compare the quality and durability with irons costing $20-$30 each.    For use on 110-120VAC System only, as found in North America.   Replacement tip below.
Part #PSI-1



Replacement tip for the PSI-1 soldering iron, above.   Includes hex key wrench to fit the set screw in the soldering iron to facilitate changing the tip.    Part number 060607, $1.99.
Part #060607

Super 13" Desoldering Tool

The Big One! Rugged precision 13 inch desoldering pump. High vacuum for fast, volume desoldering. Uniform reset pressure. Heavy duty plastic.  Compare with models costing many times this price!
Part #SS-1

Desoldering Tool
Metal barrel for rugged, dependable operation!  High vacuum for fast desoldering. Uniform reset pressure.  At 7.5 inches long, it's big enough to do the job and small enough to fit in compact tool boxes and tool pouches.

Part #NBW-74


NTE No-Clean Desoldering Braid is made from fine copper wire woven together with a no-clean flux formula added to increase absorption and improve the desoldering action.   #4 Blue 0.098" Wide x 5 ft.   Meets Mil Spec MIL-F-142560D requirements.

Part #SW02-5


3-S Brand Desoldering Braid  Braided rosin-filled copper braid for removing solder and cleaning up PC boards. Just place the braid against the solder point and heat with the iron. Draws solder away from the board and into the braid. Clip off the used end and pull fresh braid from the roll. 5 foot of braid is on the roll, good for dozens of desoldering and clean-up projects.  2mm wide (.078")   3-S Braid is made in Switzerland and meets Mil Spec, NASA, and DIN requirements.

Part #3SWICK



60/40 Solder in a Pen Dispenser

Pen-type rosin core solder, 20ga in a convenient pen-type dispenser. Length of solder is 3 meters - about 10 ft. Dispense only what you need. Excellent for electronic work. 

Part #6040P



60/40 Rosin Core Solder, 1/2 lb spool, .031" diameter, from RSR Electronics

RSR Electronics Rosin core solder, 60/40, .031 inch diameter (.79mm) in a 0.5 lb spool (227 grams).  Length of solder is approximately 165 feet, or 50 meters.  Designed for electronic work.   Fast-acting, non-corrosive and non-conductive core flux for fast soldering and a strong, long-lasting bond.
Part #S6040-5



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The average bias job costs $40 - $60. Build your own bias adapter with our TubeDepot Bias Scout
kit and you will save money every time you set the bias on your amp. This kit includes all the parts to build a single octal socket TubeDepot Bias Scout. Used with a basic multimeter (Get Yours Here), the finished adapter will allow you to measure both cathode current and plate voltage of a single tube position. We recommend purchasing two of these kits so you can easily monitor both halves of a push-pull circuit. Note: this adapter, as designed, will NOT test 7591 tubes.  

Requires assembly.  Soldering capability and tools required. Download assembly manual here 



Eurotubes™ Bias Probe™
For 8-pin power tubes such as 6L6 and EL34.   Requires separate digital volt-ohmmeter capable of reading current.  Complete with detailed instructions.  Fully assembled.  More info


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COMPACT DIGITAL MULTIMETER.  Compact meter features a wide range of measurement capabilities, and is ergonomically designed to easily fit in the palm of your hand. 3-1/2 digit, 1999 count display measures AC/DC voltage, DC current, ohms and diode check.   Works well with our bias probes, and for general trouble-shooting.  Backlit LCD display, easy-to-read 1/2" high digits, square wave output, continuity buzzer, protective holster, meets 600V CATI standards.
Includes test leads, standard 9V battery and owners manual.  5-3/8"(H) x 3" (W) x 1-3/8" (D).
Part #CDM-72-7770

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This stick is a great addition to any tool kit. Made of non-conductive orange wood, this stick is perfect for probing amps, moving wires and generally moving anything where your fingers should not be. These are also great for cleaning dried rosin flux off boards and components. These are ESD safe and environmentally friendly.   Set of 2 sticks.
Part #OWS-2
(for a set of 2 sticks)



Pack of extra-long cotton swabs (6" length, wooden stick).   Great for a variety of uses, including cleaning in those hard to reach locations, or applying lubricant or adhesive.  The long length makes these perfect for those hard-to-reach areas in guitar amps, power amps, mixers, and guitar electronics cavities.  Also great for cleaning cassette decks, VCRs and CD or DVD players.  Use on audio heads, CD/DVD lasers, rollers, guides and other devices in the tape path. 

Part #CCS-100 (100 Pack) $3.69

(100 Pack)

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Heatsink thermal compound designed for CPUs, GPUs, transistors, integrated circuit modules.   Only a small dab is needed on each device.   For a transistor, typically a small dab about the size of 1/2 of a grain of rice.   For an output module, a dab about the size of a grain of rice.   For a CPU, about the size of a pea.   1.5 grams - enough for approximately 20 transistors, 10 modules or 5 CPUs.
Part #TG-15


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