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Old 23rd August 2019, 11:43 AM   #1
Dinolobe is offline Dinolobe  Canada
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Hi everyone ! Ive read in that article that there is (or was ?) an active vacuum tube manufacturer in canada. The article doesnt name the actual manufacturer, and Id like to know what it is ! I suspect it to be the rogers vacuum tube company, but i cant find where it is located, or if its still avtive. There was also marconi vacuum tubes that were made in canada, but as many brands were just rebranded tubes made by bigger manufacturers, it might be the same manufacturer. Since I live in Canada, if its still active and not too far away, I would love to knock their door and ask for a visit

If you guys have any informations about the subject, it would be greatly appreciated ! Thanks !

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Old 23rd August 2019, 12:26 PM   #2
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There hasn't been a tube manufacturer in Canada since the 60's. That manufacturer was Westinghouse, in Hamilton, ON. The plant stayed open until the late 70's but was used a warehouse. No tube manufacturing was done.
They made tubes for Marconi, Rogers, and even RCA for a while.
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Old 23rd August 2019, 02:25 PM   #3
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The ads and pictures in that article should give you a clue about what decade they are talking about.

So any Canadian Factory they mention should have been active 50/60 years ago.

If you want to knock some doors, youd better have your passport ready and have a working level of Chinese, Russian or Czech Im afraid.
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Old 23rd August 2019, 07:00 PM   #4
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Quoted from the article, wich was published in 2015 :

"Today, the vast majority of the world’s vacuum tubes, most of which are produced for guitar amplifiers, are made in just a few factories in China, Russia, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, and Canada."

This might clarify why I asked. The author might be wrong, but it’s strange since he seems to have researched the subject quite a bit. He says himself that he does not know much about vacuum tubes, so he had to pick up this information somewhere. Thanks for your help !
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Active Canadian vacuum tube manufacturer?
I can only assume they were referring to Hammond to make a lot of parts for the guitar amp industry but not the tubes .......there is a company in Alberta called Grant Fidelity I’m not quite sure what they do but they do distribution tubes and I think they own or partly own a factory in China under the name PSVANE
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Old 26th August 2019, 12:45 AM   #6
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You are likely being "had" by the usual brand-marketing ripoff.Others have already cashed in on the historical cachet of lots of well known tube brands by purchasing the rights to use the names,so we should not be surprised by this happening with a well known Canadian entity,Northern Electric.

And as usual,the users of this name have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the original Northern Electric,and they certainly aren't making any Canadian tubes.

I grew up just down the road from the Northern Electric Pointe Saint Charles plant (Montreal).
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That magazine article is chock full of iffy information, irrelevant data, etc. and writer has no clue , just googled here and there and copypasted.
One of the articles must have been from the 50s.

Canadian Tube Manufacturing:

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none seem recent.
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Old 26th August 2019, 03:31 PM   #8
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That magazine article is chock full of iffy information, irrelevant data, etc. and writer has no clue , just googled here and there and copypasted.
One of the articles must have been from the 50s.

Canadian Tube Manufacturing:

none seem recent.

Great pictures. Thanks for sharing this with us JMFahey.
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