Why Can't Modern Tube Manufacturers Make a Proper Tube?


Current tube manufacturers, at least the ones I have tried should be utterly ashamed at their ineptness, apathy, ignorance, or whatever it is that makes them seemingly unable to make a tube properly.

And I never knew what I was missing before I tried reclaimed tubes from the 1950's, an era where people build things instead of ruining things.

The present manufactures are said to have the actual machinery to make tubes for which they have examples in hand and schematics on file, but they just can't do it.

Is this a case of Idiocracy? Are people just stupid today? The world and all creation do follow the 2nd rule of thermodynamics so I guess this is the case.

Listening to Black Plate RCA’s and Mullards in my system, even for a short time made it glaringly obvious that modern manufactures are embarrassingly inadequate. There is absolutely no comparison.

Why can't modern tube manufacturers make a proper tube?

1. lack of IQ?

2. Apathy? 

3. Lack of Materials?

4. Lost knowledge? 

 

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@yesiam_a_pirate

Agree...

How about Idiocrates as well for a patron?

tonydennison

@tonydennison If you’re going to question the IQ of modern tube makers, and decry the "meh, good enough" work ethic, it might be a better look to spend a few minutes mastering the use of block-quote formatting. You can also combine multiple quotes and responses into one comment ;)

@mulveling 

If mastering social media controls was a sign of intelligence, JJ tubes would sound amazing and the world wouldn't be a toilet of moronitude.

If mastering social media controls was a sign of intelligence, JJ tubes would sound amazing and the world wouldn't be a toilet of moronitude.
 

True .. and in a way, profound.

 

Thanks

Thanks

@mulveling

If mastering social media controls was a sign of intelligence, JJ tubes would sound amazing and the world wouldn’t be a toilet of moronitude.

tonydennison

This place is more of a web 1.0 forum / BB than it is social media. And just to be clear - you’re good with "meh, good enough" in online communication style, but not with tube manufacturing, right?

Lots of guys here like to shake their fist at the clouds. It’s a wonder young folks aren’t flocking to this hobby lol.

@decooney I am thinking the same about how many people have actually tried several new production tubes before dismissing them as sounding horrible. After some experimentation over the years with both NOS and new, my amp sounds the best it ever has using all new production -Linlia, Psvane, and TungSol.My preamp still uses NOS RCAs which I like very much so I keep some extras stored.But I plan going forward to give some new productions  a chance.