Tubes (was OT: Televisions)

Zane H. Healy healyzh at
Tue Feb 16 18:40:52 CST 2010

On Tue, 16 Feb 2010, David Griffith wrote:

> Slightly related is the subject of tubes in radios.  I get a kick out of 
> using tube radios.  One big problem though is that there is no source of 
> brand-new tubes anymore.  It's all new-old-stock.  Tube-amp enthusiasts have 
> a ready supply of newly-manufactured tubes from a small variety of eastern 
> European makers, but those are almost entirely unsuitable for making radios. 
> I really wish some of these makers could be convinced to make new signal 
> tubes.  I like my new-old Philco, but the fact that it uses loktal tubes 
> gives me an icky feeling when using it.  Nobody is selling AA5 loktal lineups 
> on ebay.

I would think that there would be a definite market for such tubes.  I know
the feeling you're talking about.  I use a Stereo from about 1964 for
listening to the radio and 78's.  Though I know where there is a 2nd
identical stereo I might be able to canabilize if needed.


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