Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by kbgear, May 2, 2015.
Maybe said builder is willing to post his experiences on here?
Yeah, it would certainly be interesting to hear.
I'll ask him if he wants to chime in, but I guess if I were him, I would not get involved with the controversy. I just passed on what he told me in an effort to inform. I just hope there is positive outcome with RCH.
I couldn't imagine the costs to get something like this started, never mind the regulations, etc. in the US
you'd have to be crazy or dedicated to tubes, or both... maybe not so far fetched afterall? with deep enough pockets perhaps
I think making silicon chips would be wiser
Just dropped in today to see what condition their condition was in: http://www.rchlabs.com
Interesting as a few posts back there were claims of a builder using their tubes.
Thanks for the update... Bummer. I feel bad for them, always hard to hear about disappointments like this. I just hope it didn't break someone's life in the process...
I guess it has been a few years now that i spoke to (via email) the woman and son that owned the company. I asked if either her or her son knew how to make tubes.?
She answered no, but she had a capable staff that was making good headway on a few models and that production was "just around the corner".
She avoided my question of....."Why are you two pursuing this.?"
Do not know if their family had a tube history, or if somebody had convinced he it would be a money-maker, or a dozen other possibilities.......
Kind of an odd thing to do, but she might have had a very sound reason. Never know i suppose.
It looks like they at least tried to make a legitimate go of it, but ultimately failed:
I don't have a clue as to what all that equipment is, but it does seem like they really were trying to get a real tube manufacturing business going! It's sad that it didn't work out.
That site says.....
BY ORDER OF SECURED CREDITOR FOR RCH LABS
Is that inferring that they filed bankruptcy and forfeited, well it Looks Like everything they owned +
As if they were in (a lot) debt.?
If they were actually able to produce good tubes, it might make sense for a Tube seller to buy it, and produce an in-house line.
I don't think they could.
There's a thread form a few years back where a TGPer took the plunge and ordered a matched pair.
IIRC they tried a few times to make them for him but couldn't get them right and after a number of times he cancelled the order.
I'm no tube manufacturing expert, let alone beginner-level knowledge of this stuff, but that sure doesn't look like a production level type of setup. Seems more of a one-by-one individual kind of thing. Maybe I'm wrong, but that may explain why all their bottles looked unique.
I have the 1968 Fender price sheet and new Tung Sol 5881 were 4.75 each, how many you need?