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You also got the idea that he had a pretty good idea as to how it could be done, the machines and processes necessary, all that.
He also argued that it would never happen. Too much money for too small a market, even at the bottom of that $200k swing.
But look at this. This astonishes me. This should astonish you.
Of course, the crowdfunding campaign for Townsend modeling microphone linked above is marketed to a much different audience -- a large gaggle of people chasing a dream of getting everything for nothing.
But the fact remains -- these people raised A LOT OF MONEY for A MICROPHONE that DOESN'T EVEN EXIST YET.
So with this in mind...what, if anything, is stopping someone with knowledge of tube manufacturing and the dedication and obsession to really do it right from opening up a crowdfunding campaign for the thousands of U 47 owners in 2016 to try and get the VF14 back into production so that every current and future U 47 owner could have the proper tube in their microphone?
If someone who owns two U 47s could pay $1000 toward a crowdfunding campaign to potentially get 10 tubes in return rather than gambling $2k on a tube that may or may not be microphone-grade, don'tcha think that someone would gladly plunk down the $1,000?