Tubes with "numbers" inside them
don at till.com
Sat Jul 4 18:38:35 CEST 1998
From: Per.Mattsson at mkv.mh.se
Date: Sat, 04 Jul 1998 12:14:03 +0100
I remember from 15-20 years back some lab measuring devices like
freq.counters and some very hightech HIFI equipment like the Revox
tuners had - I don't know how to describe them better than - "tubes
with glowing numbers inside them".
As others have said, "Nixie Tubes". I miss them terribly.
I've always thought that they would be wonderfully cool displays for
modern electronic music equipment! (Arguably a hell of lot more
readable than that LCD disaster on my NAD CD player.) At the very
least Nixies would be the appropriate display for a midi controlled
tube guitar preamp. Or when one of Eric Barbour's creations gets
A web search finds the following:
Oh wow, I remember these Wang calculators set up at the Boston Science
Museum around 1970!
There's also a view of a Nixie tube display on a Smashing Pumkins
video; I think it's called "Rocket".
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