[Amps] Amps at Visalia
g8gsq at eltac.co.uk
Wed Apr 26 02:33:38 EDT 2006
N7KA at comcast.net wrote:
> The Elecraft amps looked nice.
> But consider the ALPHA 99B at $4250. Same pair of 4CX800 as the 91B but made in Colorado. 91B was if I remember $2400 or less.
> Everything going up so the Elecraft prices not a big surprise. Compare with other solid state amps, like the PW-1 and the QUADRA. I would pick the Elecraft.
> We are losing amp builders folks, and its the lack of new hams that is contributing to it. If our old amps work and tubes are available most do NOT replace amps as fast as radios. My amp is about 25yrs old, still works great,so why replace it (I have a spare set of tubes for it).
My guess is that the all singing/dancing solid state amps also appeal to
the professional/semi mil markets in a way that tube amps won't. That
would hold the price up rather than getting it pushed down to try and
appeal to miserly hams. I've looked at my business making amps like
this, and I get a similar selling price - that's the reality of doing
low volume with commercial overheads in a high wage economy.
> Amps vs gas prices. Saw $3.69/gal in CA.
Luxury! $6.23 down the road from me (and I've allowed for the undersize
> Arne N7KA
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