Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 16:51:43 +0000 (UTC)
From: Mike Dishop <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: [Amps] Status of Alpha
<Ten Tec and Alpha are two different companies with some common ownership.? I
own half of Alpha and am the managing partner.
<Alpha has an active web site.Alpha has a telephone number that is manned 7AM
-4PM Central time.Alpha runs ads on QRZ.com and has placed some in QST.Alpha is
in the same location that they have occupied since 2010Alpha has an active web
<store.9500 and 8410 Amplifiers are in stock, available to order, available to
ship TODAY in the Alpha web store.Alpha has been repairing amps and the only
thing sitting around in the shop with a backlog are 87A's that we are TRYING to
find parts for. <That amp is OBSOLETE. If you have one it is time to buy a
## so which is it ? If the 87A is long gone obsolete, and parts are hard to
come by, what is the re-sale value going to be on them ? And what exactly is
failing on them? Which parts are hard to come by ?
<And you are worried about buying a US manufactured, US designed and US
supported amp on the used market?? Seriously??
## well you just stated that the 87-A is OBSOLETE..and some parts are heard
to come by. What about older alphas, like the 374, 76, 89, 91B, and 99 ? Are
they repairable ? Will parts be available in the future?
<You'll notice in my "rant" that I said that there are a couple of people who
every three months do the same thing -? ask the exact question and stir up this
discussion again.? It may be innocently done and all that, but the result is it
starts a fire storm of <discussion and negativity about the company which in
turn may put off a customer from purchasing goods from us.? To prove my case
look here -? this gentleman is afraid to buy a USED Alpha!? What do you think
that does to new sales then?
## It would not put a dent on new sales. If the owner states some parts are
hard to come by, and 87-As are stacked up..waiting for parts, then goes on to
say the 87-A is now obsolete..and to sell it asap, and buy a 9500, yeah, I
would be a bit leery about paying huge $$ for a used amp, that just might be
an issue to get fixed...down the road...which in turn would affect re-sale
value. It would be difficult to sell a non functioning amp. It would have to
be repaired 1st... before it could be listed for sale.
< I have to say especially that the 8410 with the twin 4cx1500 in it is
probably the best amplifiers ever built by Alpha, comparing only to the
legendary Alpha 77
## It baffles me and a few other folks why Alpha decided on a pair of
4CX-1500s in the manual tune 8410 amp. Why didnt you instead just make a
manual tune version of the 9500...with a single 8877 ?? IMO, that would have
made more sense. 1 simple GG triode, no screen supply...simple bias
setup...only 1 socket...and one chimney..and suppressor. Easier to trbl shoot
## The 9500 is not an inexpensive amp..esp outside the USA. ( 13K here in
Canada). The SS Dishtronix amp is even more $$$ than the 9500. ( 21K in
Canada). I looked at the Dishtronix amp a few years back, but the –30db pep
IMD3 didnt meet my standards, so passed on it at the time.
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