Langevin Tube Console

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Langevin Manufacturing Corporation was founded by Carl Langevin shortly after the disbanding, of the sound division, of Western Electric into Altec. Carl Langevin departed from Western Electric at roughly the same time as James Lansing from what I understand. The name, Langevin, is held today by Manley Laboratories - a producer of some of the finest recording equipment, and friends of mine, in which I highly respect.

Langevin, like few manufactures today, pursued quality, pride and honor in his products and would surrender profit for superiority. Western Electric transformers and various other outsourced components were found in early Langevin equipment until Langevin began producing their own transformers. Langevin quality standards, were high, and when Western Electric transformers became unavailable, it only made sense to in-house the manufacturing of these components.

Larry DeVivo adds a bit to the story:

"Langevin became a secondary supplier to Western Electric during WWII (hence why the font is the same for both companies at that time). Most people didn't know this. The government required any manufacture supplying goods to the war effort to have a secondary supplier. Carl Langevin went to the head of W.E. and asked to be their secondary supplier since they were winding transformers for them at that time. This was the actual start of Langevin.

Also at one point Electrodyne's parent company, MCA Technologies, acquired Langevin for a period of time when they were making their tube equipment, hence why you have "cross pollinated" parts in these modules. I have 201-A's that are branded both with the E from Electrodyne and the L from Langevin, some of the Electrodyne transformers are in Langevin branded modules and vise versa."

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