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PostPosted: 01 Nov 2018, 19:42 
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Hi all. I'm Derek, 47, and live in Toronto. I've assembled a couple of Bottlehead amps (Crack and Stereomour 2), but I know next to nothing about the specifics of how they operate. I have no engineering or science background, but I've been making some small strides in educating myself about the basics of electronics and tube amplifiers. But I have a LONG way to go. Looking forward to the journey. I'm hoping to start by building the simplest tube amp design I can find -- figure out how and why it works as I build and test it -- and move on from there.



PostPosted: 09 Nov 2018, 12:36 

Joined: 26 Oct 2012, 21:00
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Location: ontario canada
dude that's a life time of learning, as a repair tech i find myself wishing i knew more about designing amps in order to simply troubleshoot the work of others.

are you after guitar amps or are you looking for more traditional stereo amps?

as part of the learning curve and a good way to accumulate the bits and pieces that can become a good amp try harvesting old organs (yeah that's right i said organ) Hammond L100's are a good candidate and in a lot of cases will to given to you if your willing to haul them away.
some Conn models are also worth harvesting for transformers and parts(not to mention speakers that can be sacrificial lambs for your future "experiments"!)

recommended reading: Building Valve Amplifiers by Morgan Jones

PostPosted: 09 Nov 2018, 17:26 
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Hi, Welcome to the forums. I would suggest doing a web search for the the Valve Wizard. It is a site that has a lot of info on how tubes work. It is broken into many topics and each is fairly easy to understand. I would pass initially on Morgan Jones. It can be a bit too much for a new comer.

Good listening

Some of my DIY Tube Amplifier Projects:

PostPosted: 10 Nov 2018, 20:46 

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gofar99 wrote:
I would pass initially on Morgan Jones. It can be a bit too much for a new comer.

I would agree.

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