I find it pretty hard to find a shop that actually understands what
one is asking for... I my case most of the shops I called up they did
not even know the amplification class of their transistors in stock
(not to mention the voltage selection I need, or anything about
So my question is - does anyone know a good shop that has the above
transistors with a K or L amplification factor (hfe around 80-160) and
a Vceo selection of 180V (2 or Z) and is located / ships to the US?
If this seems hard to come by - I found the following (possible)
substitions that are probably equally hard to get (plus, I have no
data at all regarding these transistors):
2SB536 -- 2SA1011, 2SB1085, 2SA814, 2SA1078, 2SB1414
2SD381 -- 2SC2344, 2SD1592, 2SC1624, 2SD1138, 2SD1562
Are there more recent types available that could be used and are
easier to find?
Did you try Digikey?
NTE has a line of replacement transistors too but you will need a real
electronic shop, not Radio Shack.
A quick peek at the NTE crossref shows
2SB536 is a NTE292
SA1011 is a NTE398
Email me and I will send you the NTE crossref program, but it's an old copy (95
news:sci.electronics.repair would be a better place to look for help.
Check out Sam's RepairFAQ for a list of vendors who sell repair parts
for newer equipment.
Industry Number : 2SB536M
NTE Device Number: NTE292
Industry Number : 2SD381
NTE Device Number: NTE291
A good vendor I have used for Japanese parts in Consolidated
Electronics. I think their # is 800-543-3568 or ceitron.com. They have
been in biz since I was a kid repairing 8-tracks, and also sell NTE's.
Don't know. The one near me opened just two months ago, and it's stocked coming
out the keister.
Personally, I don't find staring at empty racks for extended periods to be very
entertaining. But, chacun a son gout.
More than once I have complained to the parts area manager. Result, Same
old out of stock condition. My guess is that Ill have to talk to someone in
the upper end of sales and explain about how getting folks who like to fix
things in the store, sells other stuff also. A happy customer comes back. If
it wasn't for the very low sale prices they have (read rebates), I wouldn't
even go into that mess of a store. The check out line is the largest pile of
BS I've ever seen.
Bob in phx (who now feels better after venting)
p.s. I was spoiled by Tech America when they were here. Nice stock and good
guys behind the counter. I never found them out of stock on anything. To bad
the rest of the store sucked...
After wandering through the Fry's that opened here in San Marcos last
June, what impressed me most was how many parts they carry that are
useful for repairing old radios. I found good-sounding 4-ohm speakers
(4", 5", 6"), 450-volt electrolytics, all kinds of film caps, power
resistors, 3AG fuses, RF inductors and toroids, 70.7-volt line
transformers (good for matching 500- or 5000-ohm boatanchors to 4- or
8-ohm speakers), bulbs (#44, #47, and dozens more), contact cleaner,
all kinds of soldering stuff, test equipment including Tektronix
scopes, and other things I've forgot. They even have some Philmore
parts--I don't recall seeing that name on a parts rack since the
1960s. It's been a long time since I've found this kind of stuff
Thanks for the tip, Bob. I don't mind paying. I DO MIND driving 50
miles round trip, killing half a day, and finding only half of the parts
on my list - thus accomplishing exactly nothing toward my project.
Seems to me the Fry's in Silicon Valley weren't much better.
There aren't any down here either.
Thousand oaks, Coste Mesa, Burbank, Manhattan Beach....
All have either gaping holes in the stock, or what they do have, has
the dreaded "A Fry's Sales Associate has checked the contents." tag
they even had the power transistors I didn't dare to ask (2SA909,
2SC1486). So I ordered from them.
Just a remark, I do have the NTE software (
) and was
finding the "matches" but the NTE types are not really the same.
As for Fry's, only if I'm really desperate and willing to pay extra I
go and check out whats available there... Standard stuff (R's, C's)
they are pretty well stocked here in Austin, but nothing exotic.
> A good vendor I have used for Japanese parts in Consolidated
> Electronics. I think their # is 800-543-3568 or ceitron.com. They have
> been in biz since I was a kid repairing 8-tracks, and also sell NTE's.