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12AX7-Tube-Preamp-Kti-Enclosure.jpg12AX7 Tube Preamplifier Kit2493 viewsA finished photos of the 12AX7 Tube Preamplifier Kit. The volume control is an Alps pot salvaged from an old Sony amp. I added a second input and switch to allow multiple inputs. There is also a second out for a subwoofer.

The preamp is dead quiet and the sound is far more than I had hoped for. My spouse was skeptical, shall we say. But when she heard familiar music she was hearing things never heard before and the bass was thicker and richer. I heard a much bigger sound stage, sparkling highs. Very impressive. Thanks to Bruce Heran for all his help with this project.
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F2.jpgTube amplifier for guitar and music listening2479 viewsDIY tube amp for guitar and music. 12AT7 input tube and singled ended EL34 output tube. Power output is about 10 Watts.

For more details about this tube amplifier see: http://sites.google.com/site/diyrbt6/ (Portuguese)
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Single-Ended-300B-Tube-Amp-MockupIIs.jpgSingle-Ended 300B Tube Amplifier - Mockup IIs2474 viewsThis is my first 300B tube amplifier. The power supply will be separate from the amp. The tubes are $1200 rrp TJ Full Music 300B/SE carbon plates. The 6SN7 is a 50 year Treasure. The audio output transformers are 30W Hammonds. The base is Mirbeau and the top and bottom plates are 2mm thick aluminum. Signal wiring is 0.7mm pure silver wire and super heavy gold plated speaker binding posts.

For the design information see the 300B SET Design Project thread on the forum.

Mark Houston (Australia) - retro-thermionic
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JAN6418HPD_GalleryII.jpgRaytheon JAN6418 sub-mini valve headphone amp 2454 viewsThis shot shows the Oatley Electronics Kit in a small case to be constructed as a headphone amp/driver. The small cct. brd. is double sided, plated through, solder masked and screen printed. Construction is simple and this $AU27 kit makes an excellent first valve kit of any DIYer. See the other image for the completed headphone amp. The L4949 5V reg. chip lights the led for the first second it is on then only re-lights when the battery voltage falls below 6.8V. Nice touch. The reg chip supplies 5V to the filaments which are in series with a 270omh resister. The amp only draws 12mA. Two 9V lithium batteries power the unit. In the preamp version the PT2308 headphone driver chip was replaced with a Burr-Brown OPA2134. Excellent sound stage and rich bass. And it is a portable headphone amp!

There is more information available on the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Headphone Amplifier Kit page.
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RH84_-_SE_EL84_Tube_Amp.jpgRH84 - SE EL84 Tube Amplifier2449 viewsThe first tube amp I built and I love the sound... pentode power with triode sound! The amplifier topology is the RH84 from designer Alex Kitic. I am using JJ EL84 and Sylvania 12AT7 tubes. The most important aspect of this ingenious design is the plate to plate partial feedback without global feedback, 2nd harmonic distortion is slightly increased giving the impression of listening to a SET amp. Damping factor and bandwidth are also improved. The OPT are from a salvaged an RCA console - a gift from Dave of Planet10 (thanks).

What a great amp !

Isophon, Canada
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TeaBoxRearSmall.jpgTwinings Tea Box 12AX7 Tube Preamp with Remote PS2439 viewsIn this image you can see the RCA connections and power connections for the remote PS. An XLR plug and socket provide a solid connection for the power cord. Two sets of switchable inputs allows two devices to be selected. A three wire power cord provides 250VDC HT, 6VDC and common earth to the preamp.
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Digital_Pictures_1_002~0.jpgBottom View - OddWatt KT77 Push-Pull Valve Amplifier2425 viewsBottom view of my build of the Oddblocks amps from rparsh. I decided to incorporate a switch on the CCS so I can also use this amp with my JJ KT88s too.
This build follows the OddWatt KT77 Push-Pull Tube Amplifier instructions by Bruce but I built mine as mono-blocks.
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JAN6418HPD_Gallery.jpgRaytheon JAN6418 sub-mini valve portable headphone amp2419 viewsJust when you thought you had seen it all something "different"comes along. This 9V valve front-end headphone amp/driver is based on a Oatley Electronics (Australian) kit. I built the kit stock standard and loved the sound. Then upgraded most parts to make a "Signature" strength preamp version. A L4949 5V regulator chip and PT2308 headphone driver come with the kit which also has two Raytheon JAN6418 sub-mini valves. As a preamp (replace the PT2308 with an OPA2134) or headphone amp the kit is excellent. I run both on two 9V lithium batteries in parallel.The amp only draws 12mA! Soundstage is excellent and bass rich and extended. The bandwidth is <10hz to 50Khz (-3db points).

See the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Preamplifier / Headphone Amp Kit project page for full details.
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amputron-12au7-IRF510-headphone-amplifier.jpgAmputron: 12AU7 / IRF510 Headphone Amp2411 viewsDave and his wife's build of the NP-100v12: 12AU7 Tube / IRF510 MOSFET Hybrid Headphone Amplifier project.

See Dave's website for more photos of their fantastic versions of the headphone amplifier:
http://robotninjapirate.com/v/Amputron/
http://robotninjapirate.com/v/Amputron/Board+Assembly/

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Jan6814HPAmpIIFinisSmall.jpgJAN6418 portable Triode Headphone Amp MkII2410 viewsThe finished (second) headphone amp is assembled in a slim durable plastic enclosure lined top and bottom with bituminized heavy Al foil. You can see the lithium battery, printed cct. brd. and 6.5mm stereo phono sockets. In this build the stereo phono sockets have double pole double throw switches which are all employed, including the “real” switch. The switches make only when both devices are plugged into the amp. The idea is if you do not have devices plugged into both input and output and have the switch on then the unit is “off” with no battery drain. The battery is lithium so expensive bit I should get 80 to 100 hours of play out of this little portable triode headphone amp. See the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Preamplifier / Headphone Amp Kit project page for full details.
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DIY-ECC802S-12AU7-ECC82-Vacuum-Tube-SRPP-Preamplifier.jpgDIY ECC802S Tube SRPP Preamplifier2409 viewsThis fantastic looking piece is a ForeWatt ECC802S tube SRPP preamplifier by Bruce. The gain of the preamp can be set at 7 or 11. 12AU7 and ECC82 tubes can also be used. The power supply is solid state.

For full details see the ForeWatt DIY ECC802S (12AU7 / ECC82) Vacuum Tube SRPP Preamp project page.
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SynergyII-Cu-LM3875-Gainclone.jpgSynergyII\Cu - LM3875 Gainclone2400 viewsSynergyII\Cu started with 3.6kg of 100% very thick copper plate. The enclosure was selected, a 1U, 19" rack mount. The challenge was to build a pure Gainclone with its three resistors and simple 1500uF storage capacitors in a compact 1U enclosure. Everything had to fit in this tiny space including two 48VAC toroidal transformers for the dual mono supply, The LM3875 amplifier weighs 9.6 kg. The sound is clear, clean and solid with bass extended and very controlled.

See the original Synergy LM3875 Gainclone Amplifier (Chip Amp) project page.

Mark Houston – retro-thermionic
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Club191207.jpgLast Audio Club Meet for 2007 - Melbourne, Australia2395 viewsTaken with a camera phone the Melbourne Audio Club last meet of the 2007 year is DIY night. You can tell by the array of equipment there was plenty of participants. A Great night.
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IMG_2142.JPGGlowing 12X4 Tube2395 viewsThis is a glowing 12X4 / 6X4 tube in a full wave bridge rectifier power supply. I've only seen a couple of people use a diode and tube type bridge rectifier, but I personally like this setup. This type of bridge rectifier is used in my 50EH5 amp but using a 6AX5. This is a project I have not finished yet.
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6EM7-Tube-Power-Amp-Arabella.jpgArabell - 6EM7 Tube Power Amp2394 viewsInspired by a beautiful Acacia, heavy, chopping board I fashioned this excellent sounding single-ended 6EM7 tube power amp (Arabella). To hide wiring a shallow aluminum skirt is tucked up underneath. Smaller components also reside here. Larger power supply caps are housed in a “trunk” at the back where the RCAs and gold plated speaker binding posts are also located. Tubes are Dutch made AWA NOS and Sovtek 5Y3. A large Hammond power transformer (370EX) and Hammond 20H 100mA choke (193C) grace the gorgeous wooden top plate. Edcor GXSE (GXSE10-6-5K) audio output transformers stand proud and blue to give this build a striking look and super clean pure sound. I love the amp for its looks and sound, all 2.5W of it.

Mark Houston – retro-thermionic

UPDATE - June 2015 - see the 6EM7 Single-Ended Triode (SET) Vertical Amplifier project page for the latest revision of this amplifier.
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JJ-Tesla-Blue-Glass-KT88-Vacuum-Tubes.jpgJJ / Tesla Blue Glass KT88 Tubes2389 viewsA set of Blue glass envelope JJ / Tesla KT88 vacuum tubes used in the Odd Blocks - KT88 Push-Pull Class A DIY Tube Amplifier
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DSCN0290_Small.jpgAnother version PP UL Oddblock 6P3S & ECC83 Tungsram2389 viewsAnother version PP UL Oddblock. This one uses 6P3S & ECC83 Tungsram tubes.

See the OddWatt KT88 tube amplifier project page for information about the circuit.
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Genalex-Gold-Lion-KT88-Vacuum-Tubes.jpgGenalex Gold Lion KT88 Vacuum Tubes2388 viewsClose up view of the Genalex Gold Lion KT88 Vacuum Tubes. The amplifier topology is Push-Pull and built following Bruce's KT88 Push-Pull Class A DIY Tube Amp with 12SL7 Driver build. The extra tube is a 6NO30 which delays the B+ so the tubes have time to warm up.
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KT120_IIs.jpgBe Bamp with KT120 Tung-Sol tubes2377 viewsA fellow builder had bought a pair of these tubes and claimed they were an improvement over KT88s and others. I had to try for myself. Just dropping in the tubes in where the JJ Blues Glass KT88s once were gave me a 2W improvement in my SE UL bread board amp raising the power to 9.7W. Bass is far more controlled and mid-range crisper and clearer. Idle current is 112mA up from 93mA and HT+ is 400V with bias at 34V. Operation is class A. These tubes are not only impressive looking but have improved the performance of the amp. +/- 3db points are 26hz to 36khz.
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SE_807_Tube_Amplifier.jpgSE 807 Tube Amplifier2373 viewsI send to you a picture of my 807 "Oldschool" tube amp. It's Homebrew Audio made in Germany.

In the first stage I used a EBC91 (6AV6), followed by an Russian 6H8C (6SN7) that works in SRPP configuration. Next is the 807 tube in SE. A special gimmick is the EM83 magic eye with to sections, one for each channel.

Description is published on my site www.audioelektronik-shop.de
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