I'm back stateside (San Diego). Being active duty Navy we tend to move around a bit. I had one other Bottlehead friend in Japan. He has posted here in the past but not recently. There is a HUGE vacuum tube DIY community over there. I attended a couple of events in Tokyo and haven't seen that much vacuum tube related stuff in one place ever. Tokyo has multiple specialty tube, transformer and parts in general stores. It was easier for me to take a trip to Akihabara than to order from Mouser or other places. If you want to see where all of the vintage speakers and gear went from the 30's through 60's well it ended up in Japan. I had a store two blocks from my place that specialized in vintage gear and I would take coffee there regularly listening to Garrard 301's to Marantz 7 and 9's to vintage Tannoy's or WE speakers. It was a real treat!