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Old 5th May 2013, 11:10 AM   #31
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Yes its a real shame that VTV went out of print, it was a great read. The reason it did was because the Editor and Owner of the Magazine Charles Kittleson died 2 or 3 years ago. What is a real pity is that no one had the interest to keep it going. That said I think CK was the main driving force behind it and it was he alone that made it so good. I think The Parts Connexion have some back issues.
It's not really fair to say "he alone made it so good" There are a number of us that put long hours and a lot of effort into making VTV what it was. Eric, John, Earl, Jack, Kent and others are responsible for each issue being as good as it was. There was the fortunate combination of talent, experience, and hard work that somehow made those issues come together. Charlie may be gone and we all miss him, but he was always the first to insist it was a group effort.
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MeTarzan - the Austin audio magazine you remember was "Sound Practices"
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Old 6th May 2013, 04:12 PM   #33
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MeTarzan - the Austin audio magazine you remember was "Sound Practices"
Holy cow I believe that is correct! I used to prepare their files for printing. I looked but could not find any of the issues I thought I kept around.
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Here is a quick history of how VTV got its name.

Vacuum Tube Valley was formed by Charlie Kittleson, Eric Barbour and myself. I was living in San Jose at the time, Charlie was living in Belmont (on the S.F. penninsula), and Eric had just moved to Sunnyvale. Eric didn't have a car, so we rented office space which was within walking distance of his day job. This was on Duane Ave., near Lawrence Expressway and 101 in Sunnyvale. It turns out that the window in our office faced the (rather impressive) front of AMD's corporate headquarters. Since this was in the heart of Silicon Valley, we decided, as kind of a joke, to name the magazine Vacuum Tube Valley. This was in early 1995, and the web was young enough for us to get the URL Under Construction. I taught Charlie how to use Quark Express on the Mac, and he did the layout using it.

The main reason why the production values of Vacuum Tube Valley came out so well was that Steve Parr, a tube audio and radio collector, who also worked at a printing company in the East Bay, took the pictures and "baby-sat" each issue as it went through the printing process. He is a perfectionist, and it really showed.

In 1999 I moved to Nevada, and around the same time Charlie, then later, Eric moved to Lakeport, California. We still published VTV, but it became harder to get "synergy". I resigned my position as Technical Editor after a disagreement with Charlie on editorial independence, and Lynn Olson took over that job. I had no hard feelings towards Charlie, and was really saddened when I heard of his death. I don't know what eventually happened with his estate and who now owns the rights to VTV.

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I did a few tube cut-aways for Charlie; one was a 6BQ5, below. IIRC, done in the late 90's.

It was a real treat to draw something I have such a passion for. Still have the de-constructed tube; revealing it's dimensions for me to draw.

Big Kudos to Charlie; but also to John, Steve & Eric for starting such a great reference magazine.

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Old 7th May 2013, 11:17 PM   #36
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Default VTV and Sound Practices

Thanks Kent. To go full circle regarding Charlie and Joe, here is a shot from CES published originally in VTV back then. Sorry to get so sentimental on Y'all.
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It was a real treat to draw something I have such a passion for. Still have the de-constructed tube; revealing it's dimensions for me to draw.
That's a very nice illustration.

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Here is a quick history of how VTV got its name.

Vacuum Tube Valley was formed by Charlie Kittleson, Eric Barbour and myself. I was living in San Jose at the time, Charlie was living in Belmont (on the S.F. penninsula), and Eric had just moved to Sunnyvale. Eric didn't have a car, so we rented office space which was within walking distance of his day job. This was on Duane Ave., near Lawrence Expressway and 101 in Sunnyvale. It turns out that the window in our office faced the (rather impressive) front of AMD's corporate headquarters. Since this was in the heart of Silicon Valley, we decided, as kind of a joke, to name the magazine Vacuum Tube Valley. This was in early 1995, and the web was young enough for us to get the URL Under Construction. I taught Charlie how to use Quark Express on the Mac, and he did the layout using it.

The main reason why the production values of Vacuum Tube Valley came out so well was that Steve Parr, a tube audio and radio collector, who also worked at a printing company in the East Bay, took the pictures and "baby-sat" each issue as it went through the printing process. He is a perfectionist, and it really showed.

In 1999 I moved to Nevada, and around the same time Charlie, then later, Eric moved to Lakeport, California. We still published VTV, but it became harder to get "synergy". I resigned my position as Technical Editor after a disagreement with Charlie on editorial independence, and Lynn Olson took over that job. I had no hard feelings towards Charlie, and was really saddened when I heard of his death. I don't know what eventually happened with his estate and who now owns the rights to VTV.

- John Atwood
Most of his estate was/is on Ebay under the " tube valley" seller name.Lots of really nice stuff

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That VVT link for the 20 issues seems to have disappeared, does anyone know where it is now?

Thanks very much in advance!
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