The WE 300B

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  1. bazelio

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    Reminder that the 300B was introduced by Western Electric for Bell Labs for amplification of telephone lines. I wonder what frequency range is important for telephone lines, and what's considered not so important? :confused:
     
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    The first link nearly made me choke on my lunch. The second one made me spit it out... :eek:
    I know some NOS tubes can get really expensive, but DAMN!
     
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    Same way Martin Shkreli did, Ambien.
     
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    In-line with TAKATSUKI, not surprising.
     
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    I'm not necessarily a big fan of the 300B myself (45 fan here and 45s in my main amp), but if you are implying what I think you are implying (that the 300B cannot cover the hi-fi frequency range because it was used for low-bandwidth phone lines) then I have this to say to you:

    Blub blub blub blub blub blub

    People like the 300B sound for better or worse, and the WE is IMO by far the best one out of the bunch. This announcement has been eagerly awaited by many for now.
     
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    Sadly, it's kind of a bargain even given the price of EMLs (arguably the best of the modern 300B tubes).
     
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    This is a big sign for people to be wary.
    A lot of the materials used back then could have been considered hazardous, toxic or not environmentally friendly & would be outright banned today. That material could be what made those tubes from '40s & '50s so much better sounding than anything since.

    Paying $1500 for a pair only to find out, it doesn't really sound like the originals & more inline with a the modern Chinese manufactured tubes.
     
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    There was a fairly modern run of WE300Bs 15-20 years ago? Supposed those 300Bs were very close or as good as the vintage 300Bs. Now I would be curious if this latest run would be using the same processes and materials from that most recent run? I'll ask around. I thought I had heard that some people bought up the equipment and know-how, but I don't know if this is true.
     
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    Just joking around, I was hoping my username would make it obvious :)The 300Bs popularity has resulted in more hi-fi designs around it than any other power triode and while it's not my favorite there are a few amps utilizing it I really like (ElectraPrint DRD, Sun Audio, Triode Labs).

    I'm looking forward to comparisons of the new WE 300B vs. the budget king (for me) Genalex 300B and EMLs like you said.
     
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    Lol not like the other DHT SET tubes are that much cheaper.
     
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    AD1 hipster vote here, but if they sound close enough to the vintage stuff that's good news for 300b lovers.
     
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    He probably meant the $20k for NOS. But I'd sleep damn well after selling two tubes for $20k myself. I'm wondering how they're going limit production on the reissues though, and where their prices may head in a few years assuming they don't sound like buttocks.
     
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    NOS WE 300b is a finicky tube, if you don't run it regularly it sounds worse, basically need to be using every other day. When you think about it.. it's costing you a bottle of whisky every hour of use. Personally, I'd rather buy the whisky.
    I also much prefer 2a3 and 45 sound.
     
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    Leave the 300B. Take the whiskey.
     
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    Given the way that tube madness has been going lately, buying those 20K NOS tubes and selling them in 10 years would be a pretty risk-free investment.

    They probably take cash, eh?

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