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May 19, 2020
Now, why, you may ask, would I say that tube amplifiers are not something Iíd recommend for everyone? First, there is the matter of the tubes. Tubes start to wear out the minute you turn them on. They have a live span measured in hours. That may be 3,000, but you certainly canít just turn them on and leave them. The replacement costs are kind of high. Even a moderate tube amplifier like my Prologue is wearing about $300 worth of tubes, and itís not unthinkable for a good tube amplifier to take tubes costing five times that, or more.