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Offline stevenvalve

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Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« on: March 05, 2019, 12:37:01 PM »
I need some new production Western Electric 300Bs 2019 to run my Rullit Field coil Aero8s, but i read this post on another forum, i do not know the truth, but its a worry.

The Western Electric company that manufactured the mid century NOS tubes that everyone seeks out and lusts for went out of business in 1996 when AT&T spun off it's manufacturing arm to Lucent Technologies which sold off all kinds of divisions and itself was eventually bought out by a French firm called Avaya and then again by Nokia.

The company that now calls itself Western Electric is only related to the original firm in that they bought out some of their trademarks and intellectual property.

They are making copies of the 300B, just like everyone else that sells them. I can't say that they will be better or worse that any other new production 300Bs on the market today, But don't think that they will be the same as the old NOS tubes. Just because it says Western Electric on the tube it does no guarantee that they will be anything like the old stock. The name basically means nothing other than a marketing ploy. The tubes will have to stand on their own two feet. That's not to say that they won't sound good, just that they won't sound good, simply that the name on the box has nothing to do with how they end up sounding.
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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2019, 03:55:28 PM »
I finally scored a mint unused matched pair of Western Electric 300Bs in the wooden box from the old reissue dated 2006. They have the number engraved length-ways down the base, if you find some 300B reissues that do not, they are rejects from the factory that did not meet spec, often sold cheaper as singles or pairs, so make sure they have the codes on the base. The current 2019 reissue 300Bs are risky because its unlikely there will be any of the original people to draw on, unlike the 2004 reissue program. The picture here is showing the numbers is from the net. My pair sound superb.
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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2019, 07:51:34 AM »
Having heard the western electrics them against the PSVANE the results were ugly. The Psvane sounded okay, a tad polite, no huge flaws. The western electric absolutely trounced them. Better bass, mids and highs, more natural, more extended, more natural sounding. The western electrics delivered more of everything without sounding artificial, the best modern valve I have heard. 9.9 Western electric, Psvane 5.5.

Yes the western electric cost a lot more, they deliver in spades. They are worth the investment. :o :o :o :o :o



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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2019, 10:03:59 PM »
interesting. I paid an eye-watering amount for a pair of Takatsuki 300Bs a couple of years back (Elrog 300Bs didn't work in the amp). Have you by any chance compared them to the WEs? (... and do i want to know? Maybe not!)

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2019, 12:48:39 AM »
interesting. I paid an eye-watering amount for a pair of Takatsuki 300Bs a couple of years back (Elrog 300Bs didn't work in the amp). Have you by any chance compared them to the WEs? (... and do i want to know? Maybe not!)

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I have not, but i would like your Takatsuki 300Bs, do you still have them

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2019, 07:22:21 AM »
Takatsuki 300Bs now that's tasty, no wonder you want them steve.

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2019, 06:28:25 PM »
I have a feeling that the Takatsuki 300Bs as well as the other current production 300Bs will drop in price because the Western Electric 300Bs are coming, at an affordable price.
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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2019, 11:01:09 AM »
Well a price drop that's good news :o :o :o

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2019, 09:44:46 AM »
Just a heads up on pricing but as we directly import Takatsuki products from Japan rather than going through a 3rd party exporter, the price of the Takatsuki300b tubes came down significantly and sell for $2300 a pair. The expected retail price of the WE tubes is expected to be around $2500 a pair. There won't be a price reduction anytime soon. Cheers.

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2019, 06:34:38 PM »
Just a heads up on pricing but as we directly import Takatsuki products from Japan rather than going through a 3rd party exporter, the price of the Takatsuki300b tubes came down significantly and sell for $2300 a pair. The expected retail price of the WE tubes is expected to be around $2500 a pair. There won't be a price reduction anytime soon. Cheers.
Guru do you have the Takatsuki 300Bs in stock.

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2020, 11:01:31 PM »
My apologies Steve for not replying to your question. The only forum I sporadically post on is the Hoffman forum  these days. We always have in stock match pairs of the Takatsuki tubes however with the decline in the dollar against every other currency seemingly in the world, the retail is now $2500 a pair. I also have a matched quad of 1967 manufacture WE 300b tubes for sale if you are interested in. They were an original supply from AN for a pair of Kegon Balanced monoblocks which were never installed. Shame about this bloody virus, there was a hifi show starting Friday afternoon in sydney if but for the grace of God.

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2020, 12:54:16 AM »
My apologies Steve for not replying to your question. The only forum I sporadically post on is the Hoffman forum  these days. We always have in stock match pairs of the Takatsuki tubes however with the decline in the dollar against every other currency seemingly in the world, the retail is now $2500 a pair. I also have a matched quad of 1967 manufacture WE 300b tubes for sale if you are interested in. They were an original supply from AN for a pair of Kegon Balanced monoblocks which were never installed. Shame about this bloody virus, there was a hifi show starting Friday afternoon in sydney if but for the grace of God.
1967 manufacture WE 300b, I am interested, a price please

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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2020, 08:50:37 AM »
$15000.
By the way, a mate in Melbourne is on the email list for the new production of the WE 300b tubes and the latest is that the failure rate in production is around 10% and they are at least a year away from shipping anything. I do hope they go into production.
 By the way, the molybdenum plate tubes made by AN in conjunction with Psvane don't sound to bad now they have some hours on them just as the Takatsuki's need at least 230 hours to sound how they should.
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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2020, 08:49:25 PM »
The Western Electric 300Bs certainly bring some big money, here is a set of genuine new in box engraved base 1930s - 300Bs i sold to a dealer in the US a wile ago, and as you can see he wants big money. But they are really new and the most in demand 300B ever made.

 https://www.tubedepot.com/products/nos-western-electric-engraved-base-300b-black-plate-late-1930-s-matched-pair
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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2020, 09:23:47 PM »
These will sell to some Asian buyer who will never use them but put them in his display cabinet to show to his friends. Imagine the Oh's and Ah's over 4 perfect 10 67 date stamped matched boxed sitting there , just out of reach. It doesn't worry me if I never sell them, I've got plenty of amps to use them in including the original Kegon Balanced units. They came with U52's and WE VT-25's as the driver tubes doing the WE-300's in PSE, all silver, nickel 55 laminations double C-Cores, transformer coupled.
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Re: Western Electric 300Bs 2019 new production
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2020, 03:23:03 PM »
The Western Electric 300Bs certainly bring some big money, here is a set of genuine new in box engraved base 1930s - 300Bs i sold to a dealer in the US a wile ago, and as you can see he wants big money. But they are really new and the most in demand 300B ever made.

 https://www.tubedepot.com/products/nos-western-electric-engraved-base-300b-black-plate-late-1930-s-matched-pair
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