A number of Eastern European firms offer what appears to be some very enticing gear.
1. The first firm that caught my eye is Thrax Audio, a Bulgarian firm that builds some of the loveliest tubed gear I have ever seen. Their preamp garnered a rave review over at 6Moons, and bottleheads are cueing up to audition the new Spartacus mono-blocks. They even make a phono preamp.
I should disclose that I lived in Bulgaria for a number of years in the mid-1990s and think fondly of the Bulgarian people. I wonder if I can get a "friends of Bulgaria" discount? No.....
Anyway, here is the link: http://www.thrax.bg/index.php
2 The second firm, Serbian I believe, also offers a tasty round-up of goodies. The firm is called Trafomatic. It boasts a more extensive product range than Thrax, and appears ready to introduce a statement pair of tube mono-blocks and a lovely DHT tube linstage, the aptly named Tara.
Here is the link: http://www.trafomaticaudio.com/index.php
3. Keen observers will recall that Lamm Industries' chief Vlad Lamm hails from the former USSR, where designers and enginners - as in the rest of the Soviet block - stuck with vacuum tube technology on a pratical level far longer than the West. I seem to recall that Soviet MIGs used a metal-encased tube in their guidance systems, rendering them immune from the disruptive effects of nuclear-generated EM pulses.
4. The Serbian firm NAT Audio also offeres up beautifully built and well-reviewed, albeit understandably pricey tube gear as well. See http://www.nataudio.com/
5. I seem to recall that the digital gurus over at Antelope Audio also boast a Bulgarian connection. http://www.antelopeaudio.com/en
6. Notice the "Iztochna Evropa" affinity for all things glassy and warm. I'm so frakkin' glad the Cold War ended.
7. Now, if only someone would raid the vaults and reissue the greatest Supraphon, Hungaraton, Nova, and Melodya analogue recordings on 200 gram vinyl. That would be the cat's meow........