Dawn of the PDHA
That's right, your Personal Digital Ham Assistant.
BANDSPREAD does it all.
Universal Vacuum Tube?"One tube to replace them all!" exclaimed Deluxe Luxury Laboratories Chief R&D Officer Joe Bolton, urging DLL's legendary Boffin Brigade forward after initial experiments aboard the International Space Station suggested the entire universe could prove vacuum enough to remotely support any number of planetary devices. Industry insiders whisper that's equivalent to an infinite number of filaments, cathodes, grids, plates, and what-have-you, perhaps the biggest game-changer since General Electric's Compactron, kind of like a Breath Mint/Candy Mint with some other foolish mint in one stubby little envelope.
"This could mean no more trips to the drugstore for testing TV and radio tubes possibly on the fritz," imagi-freaking-neered Deluxe Luxury's Big Boffin .
"Of course, once our preliminary data pans out, scale-up would be surged to meet demand, estimated to exceed that for hot vinyl when Big Bands came back with a vengeance."
On the condition of anonymity, some guy identifying as American Drugstore Association spokesperson called DLL's announcement "Hasty, if not sheer pie in lower earth orbit," urging customers to remember that drugstore vacuum tube testing is free, in keeping with pharmacies' traditional Hippocratic credo of "Do no harm, test radio and TV tubes without charge, and make it up on vitamins, prescription drugs, over-the-counters and thumb drives because anyone who buys thumb drives in a drugstore is desperate, desperate we tell you."