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    Very nice... could come in handy for equipment sensitive to EMP or even solar.

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    Unfortunately, by and large much of the good esoteric industry knowledge for tube production has simply been lost. In terms of sound quality, anything less than 35 or 40 years old is imho, relative garbage and cant hold a candle to the sound qualities of some of the older tubes. Tubes basically give you an ostensible equalization profile of sorts, and many of the old ones smooth out harsh frequencies in ways today's tube makers still dream & reminisce of being able to attain.

    But, since I spent years and hundreds of tubes tested gathering this information...you'd have to PM me for my list of super secret top best tubes - because they're rare and only so many left

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    I agree 100%!!! There is an old electronics store in my town, they sell parts and components, including antique radios. I was in there the other day to get some parts for a project and heard the best sound - 40's music. It had a very nice tone. Come to find out it was a tube radio! Huge difference. Even vinyl is making a comeback.

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    I inherited one of the larger new-old-stock tube collections there is - about 2 large panel trucks worth. I started my electronics learning with tubes, went through germanium and silicon and so on. Anyone needs some oddball tube you might want to get in touch, I could use the space. Sadly, the really nifty audio tubes are mostly gone now (man, people will sure pay silly prices for things like WE 350b or an O1a). I did some nice audio amp design with tubes and UTC linear standard iron, which I also have lots of in my junk box. I don't do tubes much anymore, since I'm off grid solar and power is not to be wasted on filaments...and there are now IMO better ways to get a particular sound if you want somthing other than a "wire with gain" - I helped start the digital nonlinear editing thing (CoolEdit and Musicad, along with Mountain Audio hardware), and wrote some DSP tube emulators (and transformers too) that are pretty hard to beat. The only tubes I use now are in the odd guitar amp where real-time immediacy is key to performing. Sound production is a whole different game than re-production. For the latter, I prefer "wire with gain" but the former...it's not the same problem. Horses for courses. I was an audiophool till I became a musician...never looked back.

    My Dad did some of the first Williamson amplifiers in this country for Arthur Murray dance studios. We didn't always see eye to eye on audio. He wanted everything colored to sound like the radio HE grew up with, and made some nice single ended triode amps to get there..I prefer to respect the taste of the musicians and producers who created the sound rather than adding my own spin and flavoring - usually, but not always.
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