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Sovtek MIG 60 Amplifier Head

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 and a wave of freedom swept across eastern Europe. Nations behind the Iron Curtain opened up their economies and a new wave of entrepreneurship followed. So just what does a country whose economy largely focused on building military weapons and technology do to compete in a global market? Answer: build guitar amplifiers. There is an interesting story behind this development. U.S. military doctrine operated from the pretext that nuclear war would result in mutually-assured destruction of both sides and was, therefore, unwinnable. We abandoned hopeless measures like civil defense, building bomb shelters, etc. The Soviets did not subscribe to this doctrine. They believed that they could ride out the first wave of nukes and the survivors would continue to fight on until victory was achieved.  We used to laugh at how archaic Soviet military electronics were. For example, their military aircraft had radars, avionics, and radios that still used tubes. How ba