Somewhere under the ocean off Taiwan...

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by CoolBlueGlow, Jan 24, 2016.

  1. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    Considering there are bizarre three foot long earthworms around Chernobyl and we contaminated millions of tons of seawater around Bikini Atoll...

    It's surprising we haven't spawned oversized mutant komodo dragons. It actually is kinda plausible... :rolleyes:
     
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    Are we not at the stage yet where we can make computers do the work of turning the bloated scripts into tight code? Or is that where Skynet becomes self-aware?
     
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    Big earthquake today in Tainan, Taiwan... buildings toppled....hundreds rescued....
     
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    I have a box of Westinghouse 5U4GB rectifiers, marked "Made in Japan".

    Where do those fit in?
     
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    We have always been at that stage. People just never got into writing in "machine language". The performance eclipses what is going on today.
    Current technology is topping out in the hardware department. The latest greatest is always a huge let down. It has become a planned obsolescence nightmare. We are on the verge of a paradigm shift in the hardware department but writing for 128 cores is a whole new ball of wax. Real programmers are writing the code so the faux programmers can drag and drop.
     
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    Hi Paul,

    re: "I have a box of Westinghouse 5U4GB rectifiers, marked "Made in Japan". Where do those fit in?"


    Westinghouse exited the domestic television market in 1967. During that phase of their exit strategy, they sold their tube manufacturing assets to various vendors, (including European tube manufacturers) Amongst the big four, Westinghouse was fourth in vacuum tube equipment related sales in the US in 1967.

    After 1967, Westinghouse continued to support their legacy products (televisions, mostly) which still required replacement vacuum tubes. They did this by sourcing a line of rebranded imported and domestically sourced tubes. This business behavior was based on the idea of Principles Based Resourcing (aka "PBR") PBR is in essence the continuation of parts and support for obsolete and discontinued products. PBR was widely done in those days. It was understood by large electronics manufacturers that a sudden loss of tech/parts support for an expensive legacy product from a manufacturer was damaging to that brand's reputation. Such practice was a "principle violation" of integrity and good business. (What a concept!)

    Thus Westinghouse offered PBR on vacuum tubes until 1975. Incidentally, it is reported that Westinghouse had the least graceful exit strategy of the big four. At that time they sold off their remaining residual tube stock inside the industry (reportedly at distress pricing...aka the "fire sale").

    It seems reasonable that your Japan branded 5U4 were probably built on what was initially US sourced tooling and designs. These were acquired by the Japanese in the early 1960's, as the Japanese made a strong move into receiving tube exporting. The tubes themselves probably acquired by Westinghouse from Nippon Electic (NEC) or Hitatchi, or (less likely) Matshusita or Toshiba, certainly between 1967 and 1975, and most probably later in that period.

    Source: Kathryn Harrigan, "strategies for declining businesses" pp 67-79, Lexington Press, 1980.
     
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    LOL
     
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    Thanks for this. I think I remember the outside box does have an NEC logo somewhere on it.
     
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