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Old 29th December 2011, 01:26 AM   #1
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Default Anybody using a tube amp in their car?

Not much on here about car amps these days. Is anyone using a tube amp in their car?

I'm thinking with the advent of inexpensive inverters these days one could make something decent, not necessarily using traditional car-audio tubes.
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Old 29th December 2011, 01:50 AM   #2
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It isn't 1950 any more. A tube amp is large and hot so where would you put it?
Would it void your insurance? What would happen in the event of an accident? Broken hot glass isn't much fun. If you can't see it, then what is the point?

Ironically, you are suggesting the use of very modern technology to attempt to resurrect a very old one. My question is: why?
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Old 29th December 2011, 01:54 AM   #3
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Since I've built speakers, amps, pre-amps, oh, and a house and garage, I'd say so.
There are some things that are just pointless and this is one of them.

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Old 29th December 2011, 02:05 AM   #6
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I'd say pointless is a matter of opinion. There have been a few good companies that produced tube amps for auto use and the Butler I heard was stunning! I say go for it OP and disregard the discouraging comments of Frank.
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Absolutely, Dad had one in his 1948 Chevy Business Coupe. As I recall it ran from a 6VDC power supply and took about 45 seconds to come alive after the power was turned on. Older Brother & I would enjoy the sounds sitting on our wooden stools in the back (no back seat in a Business Coupe)...often fell over sideways in the turns!
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Old 29th December 2011, 02:26 AM   #8
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If that's the case and they wanted to put an after market SS amp in their car wouldn't they also have the same issues? Tubes can be implemented safely in cars and are no more of a hazard really than any other electronic item you could put in or on your car.
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not getting into the argument on suitability, but here's the link to Bob's page via the wayback machine
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Hey that's a good read.

As far as where I would put it, I have lot's of room in my old Porsche.

I will be putting a system of sort's in there this spring, so I thought what the heck.
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