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Friday
Aug052016

Assembled Nixie Clock Shootout

I've spent the last few years looking for a ready-made nixie tube clock that is well constructed, affordable and produced in sufficient quantity to make linking to it worthwhile. In the video below you can see how I got on.

 

  
Purchasing Links
  
MILLCLOCK - This is the smaller, less expensive clock with no alarm
(If this specific model is sold out, see what else the seller has in their store - as they make a few different designs)
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CHRONIX - This is the bigger clock with an alarm
(They make a number of designs, so this link goes to the store).
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Reader Comments (5)

Hello!
Your nixie watch video inspired me to buy this single digit nixie clock that I made a housing for. It was on sale on Ebay from Kosbo.com but they seem to have run out of them. I have asked them if they will be making more. Thanks for the great videos!!

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterManu

Love my Chronix clock. I receive numerous comments about it each week. Parents and high school students are mesmerized by it.

August 7, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Hmm, now once again you have surpassed my expectations, Mat. Wasn't a fan of these things, but this particular video has made me think again - now I'm actively looking.

August 13, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

Thanks for the review of the Nixie Clocks. I ordered the Millclock one, you showed in your video, this morning, directly from their website. It's very reasonably priced, when you consider how expensive these clocks can get. Like how it exposes the internal electronics so the clock has an "old tech meets new tech" visual effect.

August 22, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterBill B

I Am sure its time to stop doing any kind of reviews. Because of you I have a six tube nixie clock. But thats not all, you have corrupted me to a major degree and my wife is not one bit happy. The millclock was fine, but the new (old) stereo? Not so much. Like you I grew up through the vhs/beta/2000 era, back when we had a whole 3 tv channels (2 and a half really as bbc2 wasnt really aimed at kids). But I wasnt old enough to be interested in open reel tape players back then. The seventies was an era where my age gave no chance to buy anything audio based beyond an occasional lp. The 80s brought a lot of black stereo stuff, albeit with some nice coloured graphics on various meters and displays. But your videos prompted me to build a new stereo with an open reel in the setup and venture into the 70s. Hitting the seventies brought some gorgeous stuff to the fore, including a lovely technics 615 tape deck that despite its lack of features, single direction play and almost insane loading method, is still a talking piece and works well despite its age. You triggered this desire for quirky hardware and After watching so much of your content I have either gone and dug out things from the loft, or just started some projects again. So thank you for triggering an interest. For so long of late life has been almost unbearable, but now with a number of old worlde stuff being coaxed into new life its also helped me. As I sit here listening to some true old school tapes while the nixie counts away time. Many of the things you discuss are things I either owned or wanted to own at some point. Keep up the good work, lots of interesting things.

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