It is true that many prospective clients associate a tube console with bakelite knobs. I am uncertain if it is the look/feel/shape or just the material they are after; probably the former. From the designer's point of view, the problem is most bakelite available knobs are simply too big. In some ways I am surprised no enterprising knob manufacturer has not brought out a range of bakelite looking knobs with modern fixings - which is why I am very interested to find tubetec's CHina source.PRR said:But the small quantities you are needing, no. Not unless you can sell a set of "Vintage Style" knobs for $500. A few users may be tempted. Most will take whatever is fingerable and affordable.
Tubetec said:I just found 'Tayda electronic' ,quite a nice selection of knobs under 'hardware' ,
Ive a feeling most of the stock there is China made , so probably better prices to be had from a supplier in mainland China , still a very good selection there , a 'picture search' of an item you like might reveal other suppliers . They have nice repro 'Davies' style knobs ,and cute knurled alloy ones too .
mjrippe said:I hate to say this, but I can tell the difference between Bakelite and plastic with my eyes closed and I think most other folks can too. Bakelite has a nice dry feel, whereas the plastic knobs feel almost greasy by comparison. It is definitely not just about the shape or look of the knob, IMHO.
I'm not saying that your tube console has to have Bakelite knobs, but if it does not then perhaps stay away from that style to avoid disappointing people. I still can't stand using a Tube-Tech EQ-1A because the knobs feel greasy and the pots feel so loose compared to a real Pultec.
And it isn't a tube console either.boji said:Edit: I will say though I think the folks at Tree Audio took it a bit too far. A new tube console doesn't need to be made to look like it was discovered in a hermetically sealed, abandoned WWII military bunker.
ok, technically it's a tube hybrid. =D I'm thinking of the Roots Gen II with those big ol' wiper switches.And it isn't a tube console either.