Many books about vacuum tubes and do-it-yourself have been published.
Here is a suggested title for the non-Japanese speaking audiophile:

Title : Audio Tubes of the Past and Present

Author: Hisashi Otsuka
Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing Co.,Ltd.
ISBN : 4-416-19610-5
price : 3600YEN

Full color 103 pages.

Many pages include big and beautiful pictures of tubes.

Chapter 1 "This chapter present full color pictures of vacuum tubes used in audio amplifiers and similar devices which are currently available in Japan"

Chapter 2 "This chapter introduces tubes of the past up to the 1980's, which were made by well-known tube makers and are now no longer readily available in the market."

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