Welcome to A Taste of Tubes. We’ve enjoyed writing it and
sincerely hope you’ll enjoy reading it. We think this little
book will increase your knowledge of — and appreciation
for — the efforts that tube lovers all over the world lavish on
their audio systems.
A Taste of Tubes is your guide to the ever-finer subtleties in
our auditory lives. You’ll find the recipes here easy to follow.
We’ll take you step by step through the basics and show you
the often hidden secrets that transform musical indifference
into musical rapture.
There is food here for everyone — from nouvelle gourmand
to advanced gourmet — so feel free to pick and choose.
You’ll find some sections on simple electronic theory, others
that will clarify more esoteric distinctions, and even enjoyable
bits of tube history so you’ll really appreciate the rich
tradition you’ve chosen to explore.
If you should feel hesitant to dive into some of the thicker
batter, don’t worry. You can easily skim the advanced
“Cordon Bleu” sections on your first pass through the cookbook
(just as the Cordon Bleu is the premiere French cooking
school, these sections aren’t for those without a little
preparation). But don’t worry. After reading a few chapters
of A Taste of Tubes, you’ll be ready for those challenges, too!
Our advice is simple – skim through A Taste of Tubes at your
own pace. Then savor it slowly for maximum enjoyment.