- Apr 11, 2012
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They have all that old AT&T gear and I imagine it’s been quite a journey trying to get it all set up and refurbished and calibrated when almost all the experts are long dead. I hope they can make a go of it. It would be great to have quality domestic tubes again.They get that price for 300B tubes because that's what the market expects them to cost, and they're not a very common tube anyway. Not outside the 300B audiophile world. Really there's no other reason for that tube to exist.
But if they were to make something common like EL34s or 6L6s, they'd have to make a competitive product in terms of both price and performance.
And if they did, then they would soon find that 6L6 and EL34 production is most likely more profitable than 300B production. The sales volume would ensure it.
Once you have an established tube production line, adding another tube type to the production list is certainly less difficult than it was to start up the first line.
They'll know what they need. Building new tube type specific tooling is the complicated/expensive part.