Title page for ETD etd-71898-0315

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rauch, Andrew J.
Author's Email Address garch@vt.edu
URN etd-71898-0315
Title Tubeworks
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Schnoedt, Heinrich Committee Chair
Galloway, William U. Committee Member
Kilper, Dennis J. Committee Member
Mitchell, Larry D. Committee Member
Reinholtz, Charles F. Committee Member
  • Tube
  • Vacuum
  • Factory
  • Architecture
  • Distortion
  • Santana
Date of Defense 1994-06-28
Availability unrestricted
Outside the world of music the transistor has supplanted the vacuum tube. Transistors do the same sort of job as vacuum tubes but they use germanium or silicon in their manufacture, thus the current is produced in a solid state, rather than a vacuum. Most electronic devices are built with solid state technology. Exceptions are some musical instrument amplifiers and some audiophile grade stereo gear. For the users of this equipment the transistor is unsatisfactory both spiritually and with respect to sound. The need for tubes has become specialized, to the point where designers are designing amplifiers to the specifications of available tubes. The relative scarcity of these gems makes the notion of manufacturing specific tubes under exacting conditions, in relatively small quantities, attractive. A place to make these glass jewels should respect their history, use, and the careful manufacturing techniques required to make them. It is the basilica of the church of the distorted guitar sound.
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