Tubes contacts oxidize over time, reducing signal transfer and distorting sonic performance. Many of us here at Music Direct own tube gear, but none of us had found a good way to clean all those delicate parts. We went looking for a great way to clean tube pins and sockets and couldn't find one, so we decided to make one.
We love how effective CAIG products are and their high-heat tolerant GX version of DeoxIT Gold works fantastically with the high-temperature requirements of tubes. So, we badgered CAIGmercilessly until they agreed to build us the Vacuum Tube Survival Kit.
We were very specific in our requirements, the VTSK had to clean tubes and tube sockets quickly and easily. We also needed it to improve the sound and increase conductivity. CAIG created a custom solution of their extremely popular CAIG DeoxIT just for the VTSK; D50L, a 25% concentration of the DeoxIT cleaner, is enormously effective at removing the scorching and oxidization which so greatly affects tube performance. This powerful solution is strong enough to remove even the toughest oxidization without damaging the delicate pins underneath. We also found that allowing the pins to soak for a while in a bath of this solution cleaned even more, so we had CAIG include a pair of troughs for soaking the tube pins.
We also had CAIG include two sizes of brushes for scrubbing out both input and output tube sockets, a pair of swabs and a stack of polishing cloths. Last, but definitely not least, we had CAIG include a small bottle of DeoxIT Gold GX-MD, a special formulation just for vacuum tubes and the high temperatures they sustain. GX-MD won't evaporate quickly like other contact enhancers and it's rated to over 400° Farenheit. Just a little swipe with DeoxIT Gold GX-MD goes a long way.
Each CAIG VTSK includes:
- 1x 25mL bottle of D50L Cleaning Solution
- 1x 7.4mL bottle of DeoxIT Gold GX-MD (high-temp contact enhancer)
- 2x Large Troughs for soaking tube pins
- 2x Large Socket Brushes
- 1x Small Socket Brushes
- 2x Large Swabs
- 12x Polishing Cloths