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Old 7th May 2018, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Tube sales, 1955

400 million tubes were sold in 1953.

How many tubes are sold now?
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Less than a million? Who knows for sure...
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Let say the top 4 tube companies reach $25M in avg revenue and the ASP is $10 per unit. That will translate to 10 millions units per year.
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Is there a tube company today that has $25M revenue?
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I wonder is 1955 was the peak year for tube sales, or near it?
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Tube sales, 1955
1957 has been the peak year (in value) for receiving electron tube sales in USA. See page 22 from Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1963.
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Nicely found, thanks! I would have guessed 1958 or 1959, but transistors might have been cutting into the tube market by then.
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This statistics is for USA market alone, and it does measure value. It is fair to assume that the increasing competition from transistors drived the unit cost of tubes down, so the total number of tubes sold in USA may have peaked after 1957.

And: the rest of the world was far behind USA on semiconductor technology. I guess that receiving tubes production peaked globally in the first half on the '60. The extremely slow decline of the tubes in consumer electronics is the real quirk that always amazed me. One would guess that, from late '60, in the western world at least, no one would have ever thinked about buying a tube-based consumer electronic device: transistor based equivalent devices were already available at nearly the same cost. Marketing power, I guess.
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One would guess that, from late '60, in the western world at least, no one would have ever thinked about buying a tube-based consumer electronic device: transistor based equivalent devices were already available at nearly the same cost. Marketing power, I guess.
Perhaps it was more money based than anything else? - solid-state devices in the early days were quite expensive. While a tried and true vacuum tube was a known quantity. Vacuum tubes in television was a thing for a long time.
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As transistor sales go up, tubes go down. 1962 is probably the pivot year.
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