Post by ericn on Oct 25, 2022 7:28:32 GMT -6
They do it is far easier to sell something with Famous tubes, the thing you have to think of though is the long run, if the buyer has to hunt for good tubes will it bite into his equipment budget? Will the customer be pissed off because the tubes I used are going up enough that they learned their lesson and are going to only buy stuff that they can find tubes and for and retube for less than a Toyota?
Here is the thing where Doug and I differ, I’m not as pissed at the manufacturer, they listen to what customers and dealers want. I’m pissed at the dealers, 9 out of 10 dealers don’t know or explain the possible price and pain in the ass of a re tube! Or how often. It’s far worse in hi fi, but most of those tubes are easy to find, of course there are a lot of relabel crap.
One of the biggest problems in tube audio is the fact that we will except a crappy new replacement, because even as we grumble about it we know it’s better than nothing.
Every year their are rumors that someone is going to buy some old tube manufacturering gear and put some tube back in production. The funny thing is some of us know those guys and it always comes down to the following:
1. It’s old hasn’t been used for years and has more rust than the Porsche 924 I owned in the early 90’s.
2. Yeah it was used to make tubes, nothing in the audio realm, and would cost a small fortune to mod.
3. It’s either in Russia, China, or India / Pakistan would need to be completely disassembled and shipped to the US or UK if they would let you because it’s considered “military “. But if you would like a factory there sure.
Unfortunately all of the above are real stories of people who unfortunately for us had more brains than $ who thought they could be the hero’s of tube audio, most now use mostly solid state after learning what a cluster [email protected])K making new tubes is.