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Supreme Instruments Tube Testers
and Portable Radio Analyzers


Besides testing tubes, many of the tube testers and radio analyzers below also contain basic multi-meters for measuring AC/DC volts, resistance, and capacitance and allowed for
Free Point Testing.

Generally, "Tube Testers" test tubes without the use of the radio.
Early "Radio Analyzers" have a cable that plugs into the radio's tube socket. The tube that was removed is then inserted into the analyzer's socket and readings are taken with the radio operating.

Early Supreme Model 17 Tube Checker
Made in the late 1920s, it tests early 4 and 5 pin tubes. This is one of the oldest and simplest Supreme tube testers. It was one of the first test instruments Supreme manufactured that only tested tubes. Other Supreme testers of the time performed several tests (see Radio Diagnometers). The model 17 has two test buttons, one for a 20 milliamps scale and one for grid bias. Settings for the early vacuum tubes are marked on the face. It is AC powered so my best guess is around 1928-29.
Case measures 7¼"x5½"x3¾".
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Supreme 17 Tube Tester

Early Model 35 Supreme Model 35 Tube Tester (Early)
Early model 35 with round meter. AC powered.
Dovetail wood case measures 9¾"x11"x5¼".

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        Schematic and Tube Data Sheet

Supreme Model 35 Supreme Model 35 Tube Tester
This later model 35 Tube Tester sports the new "Fan" meter and is AC powered.
Dovetail wood case measures 9¾"x11"x5¼".

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        1935 Sales Flyer
        1935 Catalog Description
        Schematic and Tube Data Sheet

Supreme Model 45 Supreme Model 45 Tube Checker
The Supreme model 45 tube tester is a mutual conductance tester and reads tube output in milliamps.
This one is probably and early production as this unit has four tube sockets and the 1934 flyer shows the addition of two additional sockets. The milliamp meter is original and was manufactured by Weston. The dovetail oak case measures 9½"x11"x5".

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        1934 Sales Flyer
        Operating Manual, Schematic, and Tube Data Sheet

Model 56 Radio Analyzer Master Plunger Supreme Model 56 Radio Analyzer
This model 56 Radio Analyzer performs several tests including voltage and resistance readings along with testing tubes. The model 56 uses 5 Supreme bakelite "Master Plungers" (similar to the plungers used on the 400 B Diagnometer) that the operator inserts into jacks to make function selections. This tester is not AC powered. The cord plugs into the socket of the tube under test and the tube plugs into the tester which is powered by the radio. It has batteries for resistance measurements.
Dovetail wood case measures 9"x11"x4¾".

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The 56 was also available as a Kit and saved you $6.96.
The Model 56 was upgradeable to a
"One Meter Diagnometer" Combination
which added a wider case and combination of two other units.

Supreme Model 100A
Radio Service Instrument - circa 1929

Portable radio service instrument for testing 4 pin tubes in the radio circuit. Also tests voltage, current and capacitors. Tester removes from case and case has compartments on both sides for cables, adapters, probes, and repair parts. Also has a padded section for storing up to eight 4 pin UV and UX globe tubes (see picture). Could this be the first "Tube Caddy"?
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100A Decal


Supreme 100A

Model 90 Set Analyzer Supreme Model 90 Set Analyzer (1930)
This small portable Set Analyzer tested 4 and 5 pin tubes in the radio circuit and performed all tube measurements using a series of push buttons. It also measured voltage, resistance and current using external probes. There was also a later series 90 made in 1932 with a Weston meter.
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Face
1931 Magazine Ad
1931 Service Publication Ad
Schematic and Tube Data

Model 91 Radio Analyzer Supreme Model 91 Radio Analyzer (1933)
Portable Radio Analyzer tests early vacuum tubes in the radio circuit. It also measured voltage, current and measured condensers.
There was also a later series 91 made with a fan shaped meter.
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Schematic

Supreme 85 Tube Tester

Supreme 85 Portable Tube Tester (1934)
This is an early version of the Supreme model 85 portable tube tester below. This model 85 has a round meter (used before the newer "Fan" meters shown below).

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1935 Catalog Description
Tube Data and Schematic

Supreme Counter Tester Antique Supreme 85C Tube Tester - Counter Model (1933-35)
Here is the Great Grandaddy of all corner drug store tube testers. This was made for radio shops front counters and is an early wood cabinet model Supreme 85C Tube Tester. It was designed to let the customer test vacuum tubes himself. It has brass push buttons and brass escutcheons behind the main selectors. The tube chart and operating instructions pull out on a wooden slide from the front bottom. The 1935 Supreme Sales Flyer calls the 85C "An unusual, daring design that upsets all traditions".
1933 Sales Flyer
1935 Sales Flyer
1935 Catalog Description
Instructions & Tube Data
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Antique Supreme 85PL Tube Tester - Portable (1935)
This is the portable version of the bench model tube tester above. This is the 1935 Supreme 85PL. I also have an earlier Supreme 85 serviceman's portable tube tester that has a round meter (above).

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Model 85 Sales Flyer
Tube Data and Schematic
Supreme 85PL Tube Tester

89C Tube Tester Supreme 89C Tube Tester - Counter Model (1935-36)
This 89C is a later model of the Supreme 85C Tube Tester shown above. Like the 85C, these Counter Testers were designed to let the customer test vacuum tubes himself. The operating instructions pull out on a wooden slide from the bottom.
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1936 Catalog Listing
1936 Line Catalog Photo
Tube Data and Schematic

Supreme 89 Supreme 89 Deluxe 1936 Laboratory Model
This is a Supreme radio shop workbench service instrument. The Supreme 89 Deluxe tube tester not only tests tubes but also has a voltmeter, ohmmeter, and performs leakage tests on electrolytic capacitors. Portable versions were produced in large quantity but this limited version was intended for use by radio engineers and in the shop on the workbench. Test leads and adapters are stored a compartment at the back of the top. Larger Picture
Schematic and Tube Data
Instruction Manual
89/89D Technical Analysis
1936 89-D Catalog Description
1936 89D Ad from Radio-Craft Magazine (March 1936)

Supreme 89-D Portable Supreme 89 Deluxe (89-D) 1936 Portable Model
This is the portable version of the 89 Deluxe Laboratory Model listed above.
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Schematic and Tube Data
Instruction Manual
89/89D Technical Analysis
1936 89-D Catalog Description

Supreme 333 Analyzer Supreme 333 Radio Analyzer 1933-34 (Early)
This Supreme model 333 Tube Tester/Analyzer also measures DC, ohms, milliamps, and performs capacitor leakage tests. This model 333 is the early version with a round meter. There are also two later model 333 testers with a fan shaped meters.
Case measures 11"x9.5"x5"

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1934 Sales Flyer
This is a Free Point Tester

333 Standard Analyzer Supreme 333 Standard Analyzer 1934-36
This Supreme model 333 Tube Tester/Analyzer also measures DC, ohms, and milliamps. This model 333 is one of the two later versions with a fan shaped meter.
Case measures 11"x9½"x5"

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Schematic
This is a Free Point Tester

333 Delux Analyzer Supreme 333 Delux Analyzer 1935
This Supreme model 333 Delux Tube Tester/Analyzer measures DC volts, AC volts, ohms, and milliamps. It also measures condensers. This model 333 Delux is one of the two later versions with a fan shaped meter.
Case measures 13frac14"x10½"x5"

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Schematic
This is a Free Point Tester

Supreme 339 Standard Supreme 339 Standard Radio Analyzer (1935 - 1936)
339 Standard Radio Analyzer tests tubes, measures AC, DC, ohms, and milliamps.
The 339 Standard makes readings in the radio circuit using the tube socket cable and tube adapters.
Case measures 10"x 11"x4½"

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1936 Catalog Description
1936 Catalog Photo
Manual and Schematic

Supreme 339 Radio Analyzer Supreme 339 Deluxe Radio Analyzer (1936)
339 Deluxe Radio Analyzer tests tubes, measures DC, ohms, condensers, and milliamps.
It is AC powered and can also make readings in the radio circuit using the tube socket cable and tube adapters.

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1936 Catalog Description
1936 Catalog Photo
339 DeLux Technical Manual
Schematic

Supreme 385 Automatic Supreme 385 Automatic (1936)
Based on the successful 85 series testers, the Supreme model 385 Automatic Tube Tester/Analyzer has dual fan meters and measures AC/DC volts, resistance and capacitance.
There are a total of 86 controls (jacks, buttons, and switches) on the 385's face panel not including the two meters, fuse, and neon shorts indicator bulb. The various pin jacks allow "Free Point Testing" of the tubes and circuits under test. The case measures 18"x13.25"x6.5"

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1936 Catalog Listing
Tube Data Sheet
Cover Letter - 385 Technical Manual
385 Technical Manual (12 pages) - 2 MB pdf file
This is a Free Point Tester

Supreme 400 Tube Tester Supreme 400 Standard Tube Tester
This 1937 Supreme model 400 Tube Tester also measures DC, ohms, and milliamps. It has a seprate selector for adjusting to various AC line voltages of the time.
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1938 Catalog Description
Tube Data

Supreme 450 Supreme 450 Standard Series Radio Tester
This 1937 Supreme model 450 plugs directly into a tube socket on the radio chassis and the tube then plugs into a socket on the tester. The cord comes with 5 interchangeable tube socket adapters which correspond to the tube sockets on the tester. This tester also measures DC, AC, ohms, and milliamps.
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450 Manual
450 Schematic
1938 Catalog Description
This is a Free Point Tester

Supreme 500 Tube Tester Supreme 500 Automatic Deluxe Series Tube Tester
This 1938 tube tester is the first of Supreme's 500 model series that introduced the Supreme "Quadri-meter" with it's bi-indicating needles and "Dual-viewing" windows.
This tester also measures DC, AC, ohms, and milliamps.


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Tube Data
1938 Catalog Description

Supreme 502 Set Tester Supreme 502 Set Tester
This 1938 tube tester is one of Supreme's 500 model series tube testers.
It also tests capicators and measures AC & DC volts, ohms, and milliamps.
Case measures 14"x11½"x5½"



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Cover Tube Data Sheet
Manual & Tube Data
Catalog Description

Supreme 504-A Supreme 504-A Set Tester
This push button set tester was produced in three model versions, the 504, 504-A, and 504-B.
This series Supreme tube tester has a built in roll chart for tube data. The front panel has painted lines from the chart to the corresponding controls for easy tube set up.
This tube tester also measures DC, ohms, milliamps, amps, and capacitors.


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1940s (504) Catalog Description
1946 (504-B) Catalog Description
May 1939 504 Service Ad

540 Radio Tester Supreme 540 Deluxe Series Radio Tester
This Supreme model 540 plugs directly into a tube socket on the radio chassis and the tube then plugs into a socket on the tester. The cord comes with interchangeable tube socket adapters.
This tester is one of Supreme's 500 model series that uses the "Quadri-meter" with it's bi-indicating needles and "Dual-viewing" windows.
This tester also measures DC, AC, ohms, and milliamps.


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1938 Catalog Description

Supreme 550 Set Tester Supreme 550 Set Tester
This 1938 tube and set tester is also one of Supreme's 500 model series tube testers incorporating the "Quadri-meter".
It performs and has over 40 funcitions and ranges including AC, DC, ohms, milliamps, amps, and capacitor testing.



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Manual & Tube Data
1938 Catalog Description

589-A Tube Tester Supreme 589-A Tube Tester (1944-1948)
This Supreme model 589-A portable tube tester contains a built in roll chart of tube settings.

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1946 Catalog Description
Schematic, Manual, Tube Data

Supreme 592/593 Analyzer Supreme 592/593 Analyzer
This Supreme Multi-meter and Tube Analyzer is a combination of the Supreme 592 Multimeter and the Supreme 593 tube test panel offered together in a single wood case.
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Original 1939 Invoice
Original Bill of Sale
593 Schematic and Manual

593 Analyzer
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593 Schematic and Manual
Supreme 593 Analyzer
The Supreme 593 Analyzer was also offered in a separate wood case.
A multi meter's leads were plugged into the pin jacks at the top of the analyzer. Tube was placed in a socket on the analyzer and the cable was plugged into the radio in the tube's place. This allowed for in circuit reading of the tubes voltage at every pin with the push of a button without moving the meter's test leads.

Supreme 599A Supreme 599A Tube Tester (1947)
The 599A is a small portable tube tester with a built-in roll chart.
Similar to the 589A tube tester, the 599A also has a built in Volt/Ohm/Amp meter with a condenser checker and a battery tester.
A 599A was also produced in 1946 with panel markings similar to the 589A.

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599A Supplement and Obsolete Tube Chart
1946 Catalog Description

Supreme I-177 B Military Tube Tester (1950)
This is one of the tube testers that I use on my workbench today. The I-177s were built for the military by several manufacturers. This is a "Mutual Conductance" tube tester capable of testing most of the tubes produced from early 4 pin UV/UX vacuum tubes through tubes manufactured up to the 1950s. This is an excellent tube tester for working on antique radios.
I-177 B Manual and Tube Data
Supreme Military testers
Supreme I-177 B
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Confidence Tube Tester Confidence, ADCO, and ABC Tube Testers
When Supreme Instruments founder Jewell R. Williams left Supreme Instruments in the late 1920s, he started the Apparatus Design Company in Little Rock Arkansas and manufactured these "Confidence" and other model tube testers.

Find more information on the Apparatus Design Company and Confidence Tube Testers here.
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