A friend of mine recently was very generous and sent me four used 4CX800 / GU74b which he didn’t need anymore. The tubes where traveling a while and through several non-EU countries. Today the parcel finally arrived. I have already heard wild stories about customs, but I didn’t expect this: Customs drilled holes in two tubes and later opened them with a saw. Checkout the pictures.
Can you believe how mad I am?
Above, both damaged tubes
Customs drilled a hole in the heat sink and thereby also damaged severely the inners
This is the other tube. Here they tried to open the tube with some kind of screwdriver or plumber
The anodes of the broken 4CX800 tubes; note: you see the damages from drilling on the left anode
A look on the ceramic insulator and the anode heatsink
And finally another look into the heatsink
Did I already mention how angry I am about these incompetent customs officers????