father Léon Halfin started after the second world
war with a concept way ahead of its time. Still operating
today through a wonderfull business this concept established
him as one of the first electron tubes specialists in
era's tradition was to add different product lines to
feed client's needs in well defined geographical areas.
He on the contrary strictly concentrated on Electron
Tubes and sold them across the world. The
tubes were his passion.
he travelled like a magician samples would spring out
of his pockets. There wasn't a country he visited were
he didn't sell ,buy or swap.
50's were the American Army surplus decade.
60's were the years he became General Electric's distributor
for the Benelux and Poland.
He was the first to introduce Russian tubes to the world
market. After numerous trips to Moscow he obtained an
exclusive contract for their sale.
He managed to offer russian electron tubes at reasonable
prices through endless negociations in russian which
he spoke fluently.
70's : Many though the Electron Tubes were reaching
an end, causing competition to look away, to other possible
developping products. Again contrary to main stream
fashion Léon Halfin gambeled on opposit ideas.
He bought what others wanted to get rid of, and consolidated
Michel Wiams joined the company in 1975 and quickly
became my father's right hand man.
He fulfilled various missions, learned all the trade
secrets and aquired the know how .
80's: Léon Halfin's inventory and profits kept
growing while the number of players in the business
shrunk. Through his unique position in the market large
sales were achieved between legitimate manufacturers
and well known european brandowners.
It was around that time he advertised "Electron
tubes are not dead , we will talk about them in the
next 20 years" .
Michel Wiams, who had caught my father's passion for
the Electron Tube, became naturally the electron tube
division's department manager in 1989.
Taking on the tradition and adding to it current information
management in an excellent environment. Michel jumped
on the wave of hight-end audio applications that is
the rejuvenation of the Electron Tube and that gave
birth to a number of new companies.
new century: Attitudes have changed and for the first
time I sense from the electronic industry as a whole
a sort of respect for the Electron Tube.
It is now obvious to all that not a single technology
will never have such a long life as the Electron Tube
are in business since 1946.