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Thoughts  from 75 years ago in the 1937 edition of the “RCA Receiving Tube Manual”
“The radio tube is  a marvelous  device.  It makes possible the performing of  operations, amazing in conception, with a precision and a certainty that are astounding.  It is an exceedingly sensitive and accurate instrument- the product of coordinated efforts of engineers and craftsmen.  It’s construction requires materials from every corner of the earth.  Its use is world wide.  Its future possibilities, even in the light of present-day accomplishments, are but  dimly foreseen...”
Excerpt from “Design Philosophy” by Lynn Olson ... ( good advice for many things in life )
“...Every designer has a set of different priorities, and this is why electronics sound different.  THERE IS NO BEST.  Get the idea out of your head.  This is a pernicious and ugly myth propagated by greedy marketers and lazy magazine reviewers.  The entire notion of an “Absolute Sound” is false.  Absolute to who?  To some self-appointed “expert” who knows how to write and publish a magazine?  Don’t be fooled.  Trust what you hear; people really do hear different things, and YOUR PERCEPTIONS ARE UNIQUE TO YOU.”
Excerpt from “ Electronic Musical Instruments” by Richard Dorf
“...This is an interesting point in all electronic instruments - perfection is undesirable!  A pipe organ, a wind instrument, a violin - all of them have inherent random irregularities of pitch and volume caused by small variations in the wind supply or slight unsteadiness in the player’s control.  One of the essential factors in art appreciation by the emotions is variation;  MONOTONY IS INARTISTIC AND UNPLEASANT.  Thus the natural slight unsteadiness of acoustic instruments is welcome, and to attain a really ideal musical instrument, the engineer should deliberately avoid the perfection which we normally look for in engineering.”
Excerpt from “ Vacuum Tubes and Transistors Compared” adapted from IEEE & Eric Barbour by Milbert Amplifiers
“... Hardly scientific or objective, but whereas transistors operate on an invisibly microscopic, quantum scale, tubes exist and operate on an intuitive human scale.  You can see the heaters light up, you can sometimes see a glowing plasma, and you can feel and hear the warmth.  Everything about tubes exists in a more human realm than hard, cold transistors.  Measure away, but it’s the sound that matters.”
Articles:
1) ” King Tone’s Ascension ” by  Dr. Harvey Rosenberg,  www.meta-gizmo.net/tri/mag/KINGTONE.html
2) “ Illusion Engines “ by Lynn Olson,   www.nutshellhifi.com
3) “ The Sound of the Machine “ by Lynn Olson,  www.nutshellhifi.com
4) “ A Tiny History of High Fidelity “ by Lynn Olson,  www.nutshellhifi.com
5) “ A New Business Model for the Music Industry “ by J. Donald Tillman,  www.till.com
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