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Re: [Amps] tubes??

To: <>, "jeremy-ca" <>,"c s" <>, <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] tubes??
From: "Tom W8JI" <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2007 06:56:17 -0400
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> The original Taylor seemed to disappear shortly after 
> WW2 - or at least, they didn't seem to advertise. Yet 
> prior to WW2, they were considered quite a good supplier 
> of transmitting tubes. Are Cetron still around? Or have 
> they gone, like Hytron, GE, RCA, H&K, Sylvania, Penta, and 
> so on?
> Peter G3RZP

A US company called Richardsons Electronics is the driving 
force behind the decline of multiple tube sources.

They own Amperex, Cetron, and many others. Eimac was even 
stupid enough to allow Richardsons to become the exclusive 
distributor of their tubes. Whoever heard of allowing a 
company that owns or markets all the competition to be an 
exclusive distributor?

The old owner of Richardsons even publicly announced 
(sometime back around the 80's) his goal was to corner the 
tube market because people would pay a premium to keep 
equipment running. That was about the time when they bought 
Cetron and made it impossible to market a 572B amplifier 
with a huge price hike.

If you want to see the single worse thing that ever happened 
to the tube industry, look carefully at the history of 

73 Tom 

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