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Old 1st March 2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Wasn't sure in which forum to post the below link, so I've posted here. Retro cool looks (well, at least to us audiophiles ), and likely an conversation starter too.

Vacuum Tube Flash Drives Combine Old School, New School Tech
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Old 1st March 2013, 12:22 PM   #2
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I love it. Just had to buy one. Thanks for the link.
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Old 1st March 2013, 02:05 PM   #3
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Uurgh! I hate pseudo 'retro' styling, and LEDs illuminating valves. Definitely not for me.
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Old 1st March 2013, 02:30 PM   #4
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Uurgh! I hate pseudo 'retro' styling, and LEDs illuminating valves. Definitely not for me.
Geez, man, you're not going to install it in your next valve preamp project, it's a USB drive. It's a far more interesting looking USB drive than the boring plastic rectangular block I'm using now, that's for certain.
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Very funny, I like it!
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Uurgh! I hate pseudo 'retro' styling, and LEDs illuminating valves. Definitely not for me.
Dito. I have the same concerns.
But I respect others opinions
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Old 1st March 2013, 03:42 PM   #7
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As we are talking about superficial appearance of an object, opinions are all there is!
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Dito. I have the same concerns.
But I respect others opinions
I'm also in this camp...
SteamPunk bothers me.. I would LOVE to see modern design that features the components (similar to our tube amps w/ the tubes on display, and the way Victorians built engines and things) but to simply add guilding and lights and copper disks for no reason is gaudy!
Obviously, just my opinion.

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Old 1st March 2013, 03:46 PM   #9
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My valve amp hides them under a perforated plain black cover. You can just about see the heater glow through the holes. Each to their own.
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My wife who is a design professional would probably like your cleaner design more than my tubes on display type. At least I don't cross the line and have other stuff that's not really in use hanging off the chassis
I know a lot of people will say it's all opinion and there is no right or wrong when it comes to industrial design, but my wife would certainly argue that point and thinks there IS a correct way. But we're way off topic by now.

About the OP, that would be about the easiest DIY project for any of us.. Go buy a small USB flash drive, a copper pipe end cap, some silicone sealant, an led, and BAM.. 10 min later you've got one.
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