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SY 1st April 2007 08:37 PM

I meet Mr. Morgan Jones
Some business took me to London last week. Mr. Jones made (in retrospect) the mistake of inviting me down to his place for the weekend, accompanied no doubt by much eye-rolling from his long-suffering girlfriend; he had just gotten his laboratory up and running after a hiatus and she knew well that we would not see the light of day throughout my visit.

I had quite a good time; I'm not so sure about Mr. Jones. Rather than go into any particulars, I will merely inventory the items that he no longer has, with a brief explanation:

1. Tek 571 curve tracer- while we were investigating some FETs, a truly impressive roiling of smoke occurred, billowing out the side vent holes. Though the tracer is well and truly dead and the quantity of smoke was noted to be unusually large even by the standards of two tubeophiles with nearly 80 years of experience between them, there was nothing visibly wrong on the interior. No doubt his future tedious disassembly will turn up the source of the fire. Since this is a PG-rated site, I will not quote The Author's comment upon witnessing the death.

2. Two bottles of Glenmorangie 15 Year Scotch. This somewhat ameliorated the pain of frying a curve tracer.

3. Two DN2540 FETs, above and beyond anything lost in the Tek Disaster. We have learned that the order in which power is applied can be critical. We are also mutual witness to the miracle of transmutation, where silicon can be transformed into carbon faster than the speed of an f-bomb.

4. An oscilloscope probe- it wasn't attaching correctly. I suggested that the spring tip be filed slightly. "Nonsense, it's merely a bit bent! We can straighten it out with some long nosed pliers." Famous last words.

5. Innumerable bottles of Landlord and Leffe ales. See #2.

6. A NOS CV1988. We were setting up a measurement and I made a prediction about how it would come out. Mr. Jones disagreed. I asked, "Would you like to make that interesting? One of your few remaining precious CV1988 against an RCA red base 5692?" I'll enjoy plugging that one into my line amp.

7. A second edition of Terman. Well, OK, that was a gift. I think he was trying to hint to me that I needed to study a bit more...

8. A significant chunk of the lifetime of the 13E1s in the Crystal Palace. This had to do with the Glenmorangie. Red plates. Don't ask.

9. And of course, the last shreds of his dignity and self-respect.

analog_sa 1st April 2007 08:47 PM

Writing great books takes its toll. Often in the shape of 2. and 5.

But talk is cheap. Where are the pictures?

Glad you've had a great time.

jlsem 1st April 2007 08:54 PM


I'm not so sure about Mr. Jones
The refrain from a certain Bob Dylan song is wanting to burst forth...


jlsem 1st April 2007 08:58 PM


A second edition of Terman
Terman and the McGraw-Hill series which he headed are worth their weight in gold. I have RDH 2, 3, and 4 and they won't hold a candle.


SY 1st April 2007 09:10 PM

Remains of the Night
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Originally posted by analog_sa

But talk is cheap. Where are the pictures?

Here you go.

leadbelly 1st April 2007 09:22 PM

Re: Remains of the Night

Originally posted by SY
Here you go.
My favorite NOS, love that old glass! Sound improves the longer you listen!

Tubes4e4 1st April 2007 09:31 PM

Hi SY,

Ha! You forgot to get your Morgan Jones books signed/autographed!


Netlist 1st April 2007 09:38 PM

Unless he got one free, I wouldn't be surprised Mr. Jones is missing a copy somewhere. :D


Geek 1st April 2007 10:10 PM


I wonder if this is going in a "bloopers" section in a future book. I have never heard of two "professor's" meeting and turning into two "Gilligan's" before

jan.didden 2nd April 2007 05:59 AM

Re: Remains of the Night
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Originally posted by SY

Here you go.

I think Mr. Freud would find this THE reason why people are still loving glass amplification - and it has NOTHING to do with audio, -it's just in the unconcious craving!

Jan Didden

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