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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 10:57 am 
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brownslane wrote:
...somebody (me) should build a steam-punk style enclosure to show it off a little more...
That was my first thought.

Already been done. Costs a little more.... :lol:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/258891428/ ... -steampunk

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:12 am 
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Or like this :D

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/417005246732605147/


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:21 pm 
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Well, a couple of months into my Nixie saga....and the report is middling. The clock runs a little slow. No biggie, but the digit display tubes are starting to give up the ghost...with the numbers dimming and now the edges are starting to disappear. The price was not too bad ($150) but I am not terribly impressed with the tubes.....I have not contacted the vendor yet...that may be tomorrow. YMMV of course!!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:07 pm 
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None left now....!!


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 7:06 am 
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Tutone wrote:
None left now....!!


Probably just as well. Got up this morning and all the digits have ceased displaying. "She's dead, Jim"! Email sent to supplier. I'll report on the result.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 1:38 pm 
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I just wanted to update on my Nixie clock saga. It is dead. Beyond repair (too expensive). As Parts Connexion were sold out, and they attempted to repair it for free, the gave me a full refund, no questions asked. The experience could not have been better. I took the refund and turned it into a soldering station and a few other items... all is good.

It is unfortunate that my clock was (so far) the only failure they have had, but they really did turn themselves inside out to make my experience a positive one. I even got a tour of the back shop. A test of a company is not IF something goes wrong, but what they do WHEN something goes wrong; Parts Connexion proved they are a solid business that treats their customers with respect.

You have minimal (or no) risk in buying from them.

thanks all, Tom


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:37 pm 
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FWIW - The clock I bought still runs great....though it did take some fiddling with the fast/slow offset values before it would maintain accurate time.

Hopefully your experience was an isolated incident. Good to know that Parts Connexion stands behind what they sell.


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Che Cavolo wrote:
You ruined the surprise. I was thinking of buying Modbeat one for his birthday..... :lol:


I'm still waiting. :cry:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2017 7:16 pm 
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A1 Electronics posts that they have the nixie tubes for $20 apiece, in store only. So for the whole kit you got a deal.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:47 am 
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While not nearly as attractive as the commercially available kits, here is my nixie tube clock that I built several years ago. I used Russian IN-08-2 tubes which have a real “5” digit instead of an upside down “2”. Instead of a clock crystal, I opted to use a temperature controlled crystal oscillator for excellent accuracy. I also used three 1F super caps to provide almost 24 hours of backup. The microcontroller has numerous software options including cathode poisoning prevention routines to prevent digit dimming.

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