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Cathode Danger?

Q: Someone told me that if I don’t warm up my tube gear before I use it, the vacuum tubes will be destroyed by cathode stripping. Is that true?

A: See Word for the Day “Cathode Stripping” for a definition of the term.

Experts disagree whether cathode stripping is a real phenomenon or not. But whether cathode stripping is a “real” danger or not, for best performance, best stability, consistent tone, and longest tube life, it is wise to allow a tube-equipped piece of gear to warm up thoroughly before you begin using it.

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