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Old 03-26-2017, 01:36 PM
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I think they, EI, lost their suppliers in the embargoes after the war. They had a shortage of critical parts & materials and just had to shut down.
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Anyone familiar with these?

http://brimaruk.com/valves/brimar-tube-range/

British-made re-issues in almost all the tubes we appreciate in the Inspire ... More affordable than NOS and probably more reliable, but I have not heard any comments about them in this forum, I believe. Of special interest are the KT-66, 6L6 and 6SN7.
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Anyone familiar with these?

http://brimaruk.com/valves/brimar-tube-range/

British-made re-issues in almost all the tubes we appreciate in the Inspire ... More affordable than NOS and probably more reliable, but I have not heard any comments about them in this forum, I believe. Of special interest are the KT-66, 6L6 and 6SN7.
Wow! I hadn't been familiar with them. While Brimar was a common designation on many classic tubes, it's ironic that it really stands for "British Manufactured American Radio".

I'll have to at least try their EL34 (my current goto - EL34/KT77)
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:04 PM
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It's probably the tester. I think Dennis gets tubes from The Tube Store.
Yes and no. Dennis gets his tubes from all over, including me. If your amp came with a 6CG7, most likely it came from my stash....
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Anyone familiar with these?

http://brimaruk.com/valves/brimar-tube-range/

British-made re-issues in almost all the tubes we appreciate in the Inspire ... More affordable than NOS and probably more reliable, but I have not heard any comments about them in this forum, I believe. Of special interest are the KT-66, 6L6 and 6SN7.
They're not British made. Chinese tubes. Whether they're made with their design specs, or simply carefully tested is not clear.
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There's some info on their site about efforts to acquire manufacturing equipment including stored original Mullard equipment. FWIW

I tried to order a pair of EL34's but United States does not seem like an option, at least trying to purchase on their site.
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I am not certain that many of the current Brimar tubes are made in the United Kingdom. I have heard, but cannot pin down, that some of their tubes are sourced from Russia and China, then tested to Brimar standards. If they pass, then they are rebranded as Brimar.

Consider what they write on this page: http://brimaruk.com/about-us/brimar-...onic-products/

"Brimar thermionic products are dedicated to bringing you the best valves possible – we know this is a huge task and not one to be taken lightly but each time you purchase one of our electron tubes it brings us closer to manufacturing right here in the U.K." This statement was put out 18-24 months ago, so perhaps they have started manufacturing some tubes in the UK, but this info is difficult to verify.
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I am not certain that many of the current Brimar tubes are made in the United Kingdom. I have heard, but cannot pin down, that some of their tubes are sourced from Russia and China, then tested to Brimar standards. If they pass, then they are rebranded as Brimar.

Consider what they write on this page: http://brimaruk.com/about-us/brimar-...onic-products/

"Brimar thermionic products are dedicated to bringing you the best valves possible – we know this is a huge task and not one to be taken lightly but each time you purchase one of our electron tubes it brings us closer to manufacturing right here in the U.K." This statement was put out 18-24 months ago, so perhaps they have started manufacturing some tubes in the UK, but this info is difficult to verify.
Yep, this is where I got they were supposed to be made in the UK. I know many manufacturers design and implement strict quality control in Chinese factories to keep a competitive price. Done right, that should guarantee the quality, but in these cases they certainly do not publish in their websites "these are manufactured in the UK (or USA or wherever)", which would be outright illicit. We need to ask people with hands-on experience in these particular products for hints, as this website's rhetoric and the brand's history are quite appealing.

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I believe almost all of the Mullard tooling went to Japan. The Telefunken & Phillips machinery went to Ei in the former Yugoslavia and Russia. M&O Valve equipment went to China. Interesting article(s) and data at the jacmusic website. There's a wealth of info there.

There is still tooling stored out in the wild, including in the States, but who knows what condition it's in.
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Most of the tubes manufactured today come from 6 factories.

The huge majority are from three: New Sensor's factory in Xpo-pul (the old Reflektor factory), Shuguang in China, and JJ in Slovakia.

Then comes: Psvane in China, Emission Labs in Czech, and Tiajin in China.

There are another 4, 5, or 6 small factories which make specialty tubes.

Svetlana made some very good tubes, including the famous Winged C EL34. But they closed in 2012. As mentioned earlier, EI closed around 2003.
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