The tube costs listed are per tube, the AL-572 uses 4 tubes and the AL-82
uses 2 as does the AL-800H.
Then there are glass vs ceramic, instant on vs timer delay and also life vs
To a much larger degree MFJ/Ameritron has copied the old Dentron marketing
style of providing a wide range of overlapping and often confusing choices.
How economically feasible it is to Ameritron depends upon how the
engineering is amortized, production line configurations, as well as the use
of common components across many models.
Its not much different than trying to figure out the offerings of GM, etc.
Designed to confound and confuse.
----- Original Message -----
From: "R Atkins" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 12:24 AM
Subject: [Amps] Ameritron amp purchase decision questions
> I'm looking over all of the ameritron amps and having trouble
> understanding something... a quick breakdown reveals the following (from
> their web site)
> AL-80B: 1000 watts,
> tube cost $249. $1399 list
> AL-572: 1300 watts,
> tube cost $60. $1495 list
> AL-800: 1250 watts, tube cost $535. $1995 list
> Without getting into the "why would anybody pay $3500 for the AL-1200/1500
> for 200 watts more?" questions, let me ask...
> Why would anybody pay $500 more for the AL-800 than the AL-572 when it has
> slightly lower power output and the tubes cost 9 times as much?
> .. and why would anybody pay only $100 less for 1000 rather than a 13000
> watt amp when the tubes cost 4 times as much?
> I'm sure I'm overlooking something here, but not sure what.
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