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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Doctor Turn » Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:39 pm

What an alarmist title. They. Are. Not. Going. Anywhere!

If I try and order cigarettes interstate from an Indian reservation or even just from an out of state seller into NYC, to avoid the absurd sales tax in NYC, they will confiscate the cigarettes, in as bid to force me to do it their way. Doesn't mean tobacco is going to be made illegal.
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Omsong » Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:54 pm

I wonder if it's just that the shipper, in this case, was not willing to invest the time and money into following international regulations and paperwork. Might be similar to PRS when he discussed on a recent interview (on Philip McKnights channel) that he has no problem shipping rosewood fretboard guitars overseas because he is willing to put in the effort to provide all the required documentationand forms (but that it does delay delivery by about 40 days...).
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby hallwayminstrel » Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:49 am

Omsong wrote:I just stumbled upon this Youtube video: Will VTs Soon Be Outlawed

Apparently, a 12A*7 was purchased from a foreign supplier on Ebay and was confiscated when attempting to ship it through their International shipping service. One of the viewer comments mentions that the USPS policy is to not ship vacuum tubes as well. FedEx and UPS both use their own airlines and, therefore, their own, separate, regulations.


I received my latest batch of tubes from Doug's tubes a month ago and he always ships USPS. They arrived in my mailbox just fine.

I saw the quote about "well USPS is afraid of the gasses in the tubes" and had to laugh. (They're called vacuum tubes for a reason.)
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Leddiebonavaughan » Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:08 am

Different tools for different uses. I have to say though, with the advances in technology that has allowed micro tube amps to be versatile and usable under any situation, I don't think tubes are going to go out of style. I personally have found only one solid state amp that I can say I really enjoyed using. Everything else that I've fallen in love with is a tube amp.

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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Omsong » Wed Jan 03, 2018 6:36 pm

Doctor Turn wrote:What an alarmist title. They. Are. Not. Going. Anywhere!

If I try and order cigarettes interstate from an Indian reservation or even just from an out of state seller into NYC, to avoid the absurd sales tax in NYC, they will confiscate the cigarettes, in as bid to force me to do it their way. Doesn't mean tobacco is going to be made illegal.


Is it tobacco or a different kind of weed?... :lol:
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Doctor Turn » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:38 am

Would be a pretty cool moment in NY state law if there actually was a public process to order weed from a mail order house. Because of the fact that it would pass overwhelmingly, I seriously doubt that the state legislature will put it on the ballot--a la Cali's brave move--any time soon.

As for me, if you would have caught me in my teens and 20's, absolutely. All day long (literally). Today, rarely ever.
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Omsong » Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:53 am

hallwayminstrel wrote:I saw the quote about "well USPS is afraid of the gasses in the tubes" and had to laugh. (They're called vacuum tubes for a reason.)


Well, they are a vacuum but (and my tube theory is more than a bit rusty) if I remember correctly, as the cathode or filaments (depending on the design as some tubes do not have separate filaments) heat up they do release impurities that can pollute the vacuum. That's why some tubes had "getters" which are designed to burn off these impure gases each time the tube is fired up. The internal metal components (and even the glass bulb, I suppose) can contain rare earths, some of which are now probably on someone's restricted list. IOW, there is a "possible", though minute risk of contamination. Certainly nothing near as severe as the new mercury filled lamps.

Someone who has a clearer recollection of VTs may want to correct me or elaborate...
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Omsong » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:19 am

How Its Made: Audio Vacuum Tubes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFQSdX1B-ic
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby skully13a » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:32 am

Cool video, Omsong.
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Omsong » Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:56 am

skully13a wrote:Cool video, Omsong.

Agreed. It's easy to see why tubes can be quite pricey as, essentially, each one is custom made. I would expect that some factories are more automated than shown in this video, NTL...
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Re: Are Tube Amps History?

Postby Omsong » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:20 pm

Lov'n those vintage tube tones. Check out this fun video: Repairing a '56 Bassman - gorgeous tones at the end!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wst69bygMSk

I didn't realize Bassman Reissues were available: At Sweetwater $1449

Edited: HERE is a great video series on vacuum tube theory for those that are curious about how those glass thing-a-ma-gigs work.
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