#29: In Tubes We Trust - EveAnna Manley


Welcome to our fifth episode from the New York AES. Our guest, EveAnna Manley, has been dubbed by some as America's Goddess of Thermionic Emissions. The tube-based gear designed and manufactured by Manley Labs is legendary. And it almost seems pre-ordained that EveAnna would be the driving force behind the creation of such great gear given that her stepdad, Albert, owned the legendary tube-powered guitar amp company AMPEG. It’s as if vacuum tubes were in her blood.

But so was music. In January 30, 1989, a 20 year old EveAnna, on sabbatical from her music studies at Columbia University, met the original Manley crew and was hired on to the production team. She quickly learned to solder and assemble vacuum tube amplifiers, and after only three years with Manley Laboratories, co-founder David Manley abruptly left the company and the country in 1996. With EveAnna now at the helm, the modern form of Manley Labs began to take shape. Studios worldwide cherish Manley’s tube-based microphones, pre amps, compressors and EQs. We were lucky to have had a chance to talk with EveAnna and learn a thing or three about tubes, bikes and why Chino is not China.