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Author:  wdecho [ 28 Dec 2017, 15:28 ]
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I built the Pete Millett designed preamplifier using his board with the Nutube for $55 on Ebay. Simple easy build and it does work and sound really good with a SS amplifier. I had to make one correction to stop oscillation by installing a 1K grid stopping resistor otherwise it would oscillate when the pot was fully off. What peaked my interest with the Nutube was Nelson Pass' talk at the Burning Amp Festival 2017 in November. His circuit varies some from Pete's in that he installed a constant current source for the tubes. Worthy project for anyone interested. Scoped good.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/DIY-PCB-plus-T ... 2749.l2649

Possibly some boards to be made using NP design in the future. Anyone interested in NP talk can find it on youtube BAF 2017 with detailed info on the tube with charts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCqAvYDpbKQ

Author:  mwhouston [ 28 Dec 2017, 17:59 ]
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Good to know. Mines on hold while s finish a Hiraga 8W Class A.

Author:  Geek [ 29 Dec 2017, 02:16 ]
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Good advice, thanks!

I would not have thought this an issue in a tube of such low Gm. Will keep in mind :D

Author:  wdecho [ 29 Dec 2017, 07:04 ]
Post subject:  Re: Korg Nutube - sub-sub-miniture twin triode

Geek wrote:
Good advice, thanks!

I would not have thought this an issue in a tube of such low Gm. Will keep in mind :D


I spoke to Pete about the issue after I installed the grid stoppers and he had noticed the same problem on some builds but his fix was a different transistor until I pointed out that grid stopper resistor would solve the problem. Nelson Pass always uses gate stopper resistors in all his production offerings. As he said there is always one amplifier during production that will oscillate if one is not installed. One may try building without a grid stopper resistor because in my view less parts are best and install the gate stopper if you encounter oscillation.

I have not jumped through the hoops to install pictures here but one can find my build on the Klipsch forum.

https://community.klipsch.com/index.php ... utube-6p1/

I strongly suggest that one watch the NP video at the BAF 2017. Even veterans may learn something. People fly in from all over the world to hear Nelson and find out what new project he is working on.

Author:  scafas [ 24 Jan 2018, 10:13 ]
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in the time that I wait for the korg 6p1 to arrive, I have produced a printed circuit suitable as a line and headphone preamp.
this is my circuit:

Author:  Geek [ 24 Jan 2018, 14:54 ]
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Nice work, Scafas! :up:

Wdecho - yes, I use grid/gate stoppers as a matter of course. It's inexpensive insurance.

What Nelson will tell you too as he did me is use a carbon comp here - anything else can cause oscillations at UHF, not so much of what they're made of (though metal by nature are little inductors), but how they are made. Even the carbon film are spiral because of laser trimming. That spiral can insert *just* enough nH inductance to make a 400+ MHz oscillator, especially with RF types, like 12AT7, ECC88, etc.

12AX7 by thier construction are usually immune.

Cheers!

Author:  scafas [ 10 Feb 2018, 06:15 ]
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this is the final circuit , i made it with two output mode : line and headphone amp
the ne5534 is an example but it work with my headphone.

Author:  Soundbrigade [ 21 Jul 2018, 07:57 ]
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Metoo .... I have also been harassed and fingered and poked by the slimey Yous-simply-have-to-try-it-yourself-foul.
So I ordered Peter Milletts board + tube and soldered stuff together just to find that NOTHING worked. Good job! Beaverman ... :(
Well at first, I got a 4-pin 3V3-regulator and not knowing how to treat the 4th leg I ordered 3-pinned regulators that wasn't configured like the uA78's. :blush:
Next, when firing things up, still nothing worked so I started to check voltages here and there and found that the 40 Ohm resistor feeding the anode voltage was actually 40 kOhm!!! Next I found a bad solder joint.
In the process of correcting all faults I happened to order two Nutubes extra "just in case".

I have tried the buffer and it works pretty much OK, though I guess I have to add a potentiometer and adjust bias a bit. A bonus is the pulsating blue light - it rocks itself to the music!!!

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Milletts Nutube buffer

Author:  mwhouston [ 21 Jul 2018, 09:45 ]
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Well done. Done nothing with mine. To busy building stuff for everyone else to get to my own projects.

Author:  Soundbrigade [ 05 Sep 2018, 02:15 ]
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This is how things look before soldering all together.

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The box is a wooden "decoration box" bought from HM HOME (HM as i ladies' wearables). Cover is a piece of plexi, spraypainted just to cover bad solder joints, leaving a window open for the tube to be seen. I will propably cover the inside of the box with tin foil.

I did test the amp when all problems were solved and it worked fine. However what to do with two spare Nutubes?? Well, I ordered the Millett's PCB for the headphone amp (still waiting since end of July for Mouser to send the components) and PedalPCB's NuDrive PCB for my guitar (got the components but Sw Post is taking a looooooooooong time to deliver; 3 days from USA, 40 days in Sweden :lildevil: ).

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