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In Reply to: RE: Vintage Tubes posted by sony6060 on February 28, 2017 at 07:42:43
They have flooded the market with cheap tube audio and it has taken away from the vintage tube market. The newbies, not knowing any better, are left holding the bag 2 to 3 years down the line and dump their equipment thus even further depressing the market.
I bought a Little Bear phono stage off eBay some time back. Threw out the plexiglass enclosure and mounted it into a Hammond Instrument enclosure, put some better quality RCAs and added tube shields. I actually quite like it, one hell of a bargain for the price.
That sounds like newbies buying the cheapest stuff instead of doing their homework and finding out where the real value is. I think we all go through that at some point.
We all have to start somewhere. I built (copied) valve amps first, then bought some Chinese amps (845 SET, various Consonance stuff) and am now building DHT preamps. I still have some of the Chinese gear and it works well, sounds good and is reliable.
They must be improving then, because most of what I have read about the earlier stuff was that you bought it knowing you were going to have to upgrade a lot of the passive parts to have anything decent.
Reading about them and buying them are different. I have seen good and bad from various countries.
The people who wrote the articles I read had bought them. : )
And were they American by any chance?
What has that got to do with anything? These people weren't manufacturers or dealers, they were just ordinary people who bought this stuff and were reporting back their observations. I seriously doubt there was any nationalism involved. Most people on this forum are about good sound at a good price more than anything else. If they think something is they say so, and if they don't they say that too.
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