[Amps] Alpha on Life Support Again?

Steve London n2icarrl at gmail.com
Sat Dec 21 14:34:52 EST 2019

I hope their custom, Chinese 3CX1500 is better than their custom, Chinese 3CX800 
that they were selling a few years ago. Myself and one other person (that I know 
of) had the same failure - grid to cathode short after only a few years of 
normal use. Their warranty is one year.

Steve, N2IC

On 12/21/2019 10:12 AM, Artek Manuals wrote:
> I inquired when the 9500 would be shipping again back in  Novemeber anhd what 
> tube new production was shipping with.
> Below is the answer I got
> **********************************************************************
> Hello Dave,
> Sorry about the confusion on the website.  We are backordered at the moment. The 
> lady who assembles the 9500 suffered a stroke last month and won't be back so we 
> are backed up.  Probably with holidays and all that we won't be shipping any new 
> product until early next year.  We will probably move this production to Ohio 
> once the new factory is operational.
> We use our own private labeled and private manufactured tube.  Some material and 
> assembly is sourced here and final assembly in China under US local based 
> engineering supervision.  The tubes are excellent.  We have had no problems with 
> them.  I think they are better than Eimac. We have seen a number of problems in 
> Eimac over the last year.  I would not hesitate to buy this tube for myself, and 
> I won't sell anything to you that I would not buy for myself.  You will have no 
> issues or regrets with the tube.  When we have had problems the warranty 
> replacement has been no problem.  I believe we have had 1 or two warranty 
> replacements in the last four years which isn't bad at all.
> If you want to get on the 9500 waiting list let me know.
> Thanks and Best Regards,
> Mike N8WFF
> 614 675 2497
> On 12/21/2019 9:50 AM, N4ZR wrote:
>> Saw an ad on QRZ touting their "full time service department."  I was curious 
>> about their prices, and went to their online store - every amp but the 9500 is 
>> "out of stock", and it is "backordered."  A lot of their parts and other 
>> expensive but unidentified iterms are also listed as "Out of Stock."  Doesn't 
>> have the look of a thriving company, does it?

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