At 07:38 AM 11/3/98 -0800, Owen wrote:
>A friend who is into serious recording equipment uses brand-new digital
>pre-amps built with vacuum tubes, and his microphones, also high-end and
>brand new, contain vacuum tubes. So there's got to be more to it than just
>finding old ones in the basement or buying them from hi-fi shops in
There is a serious audiophile magazine - "Glass Audio" - devoted to vacuum
tube electronics. I suspect that these people are even crazier than hpschd
devotees, but the magazine does provide entertaining reading. Check it out!
Speaking of which - another sad story emerges from the long-term memory
banks. Back in the sixties when transistors were taking over, an
electronics supply store in Lincoln, NE started unloading tube-related junk.
I bought a couple of UTC Linear Standard output transformers (other
antiquarians will remember these) for less than five bucks apiece and built
a pair of nice amplifiers around them. I gave these away at the same time
as I gave away the Macintosh, to be replaced by Dynakit solid state amps,
which were smaller and lighter and sounded just as good, as far as I could
tell. The latest issue of Glass Audio lists these transformers for $225
each - the rights to manufacture which have been bought by OPT Industries.
They are supposed to be the same as the originals. The pictures look the
same, at least.