What are pedal builder’s experience sourcing transistors in general? I have used Mammoth, Small Bear and a couple others such as Radio Shack when they were around locally. I recently tried Amazon to purchase 2N2222A’s and S9013’s as I was looking for some lower gain NPN Silicon transistors in the range of around 100-300 HFE as I already have one S9013 of 120 HFE and a couple of older 2N2222A’s around 230 HFE. However, the Amazon 2N2222A’s had HFE’s around 430 and the S9013’s had HFE’s around 288, way higher than I was looking for. I did not pay much for the transistors (around 25 cents or less), which I suspect are Chinese made and who knows, maybe mislabled. Has this been the experience of others?
Should I stick to sites such as Mammoth, Small Bear and maybe Mouser or Digikey? I never tried the latter two as really did not have a need to and don’t have much experience using their sites and services.
What are people’s opinions and experience regarding transistor sourcing?