I might also point out that CRT Tube manufacturers are going out of business left and right. RCA pulled it's tube manufacturing process here in Indiana last year and others are following suit. I'd say that's a pretty strong indication of where the market is heading. You can still buy a decent CRT but in time they will be hard to come by. For now the prices are low while stocks are being cleared out so now is in fact a good time to consider buying one cheap. In time though demand will outstrip production and the price for CRT will climb. At that point only the hard core CRT fans will be shelling out the cash for the antique technology. If you don't believe me just ask hard core audiophiles how much their new tube amps cost.