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Old 1st December 2020 | Show parent
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Totally agree. I think all of these reasons are a big part of why they’ve never reissued the 47.

I always thought it was crazy that modern manufacturers couldn’t recreate such a primitive, outdated technology like tubes, but when you think about the huge upfront costs, plus all the trial and error that goes into refining the process and reducing waste, all to serve a relatively small high end market... it suddenly makes a lot of sense. The original tube manufacturers had multiple, larger captive markets besides pro audio that relied on tubes, along with decades of success to refine their processes. Not the case anymore and so much expertise was lost after the transistor revolution. Maybe in a couple more decades we’ll see it come back if some of the modern manufacturers stick it out for the long haul.