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In Reply to: RE: A long time ago in a galaxy far far away... posted by Steve O on March 18, 2021 at 19:14:12
Good morning Steve O, You are correct about Richardson using the Bugle Boy logo back then. I purchased some of the 12AX7s at that time. They were average at best and nothing even close to the Bugle Boys made in Holland back in the day. I would have been better off purchasing the real thing and the prices would have been close. But I had to try them. Lesson learned.
Being young and impressionable back then, I was tempted by those Richardson BB 12AX7s. It was clear as to their origins (JAN / Phillips ECG) but they were supposedly "selected". Fortunately I ran across someone selling them at a hamfest for $3 ea. I splurged and picked up 10 of them in two 5 tube sleeves for $25 total - a much better price than what Richardson was asking. They struck me as competent but nothing special. Still have them somewhere. The point here is that if Richardson did indeed own the rights to the BB logo, it's totally plausible they either sold them or are licensing them to the highest bidder...which could easily/probably be Chinese. Free market /savage capitalism has little use for romantic nostalgia.
It would seem that there is plenty of use for romantic nostalgia. It is a means of separating holders of it from their $$$.
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Nice deal Steve. It was around that time that I met a guy locally who worked on vintage radios and clocks. Come to find out he had a stash of vacuum tube out the wazoo. I was able to get 10 pieces of BB 12AX7's, 3 BB 12AT7's, 6 RCA "LongPlate" 12AX7's. All for $60.00. Also some 5U4's and some tubes for my MR 67 and MR 71. SWEET !!! He moved to be close to family because of his health.
You experience with a local vintage radio guy in the 1980s mirrors my experience. Most of my collection came from vintage radio guys I met at hamfests in the 1980s and 1990s. I was not into ham radios, I went there to meet tube guys. And did I ever!
Nowadays I have stoped collecting, but I'm sure these hamfest still happen, and if you want to find NOS tubes without paying internet prices, that is the way to do it.
Enjoy the roll!
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