Tube amplifiers possess a very special tone that musicians want. The amplifier and speaker become part of the musical instrument. We estimate 80% of the market for high-ticket guitar amplifiers are vacuum powered. Brands such as Marshall, Fender, Vox, Ampeg, Yamaha are just a few of the major players that power their high-end amplifiers.
In addition to tube amplifiers, studio recording is influenced by the prevalence of vacuum tube guitar amps in the hands of musicians. Also, classic condenser microphones, microphone preamplifiers, limiters, equalizers and other devices have become valuable collectibles, as various recording engineers discover the value of vacuum tube equipment in obtaining special sound effects. The result has been huge growth in the sales and advertising of vacuum tube- equipped audio processors for recording use