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6EM7_Single_Ended_Triode_Amplifier.jpg“Paris” – 6EM7 Dual Mono Integrated Amplifier2101 viewsWhat started as a forum thread discussion (6EM7 power amp) ended in the construction of a 6EM7 (Sylvania tube) integrated triode amplifier. I used dual mono construction with two power transformers, two 5Y3 rectifier tubes and two separate power filter stages but with a shared single stage preamp. There is a single EMI/RFI power filter feeding both power supplies. Two chokes and two 15W Edcor audio output transformers are in the base of the enclosure. An Alps blue velvet pot after the preamp stage (4S Universal) controls volume to the power amp section. The colour is Sungold and the base Mirbue. The amp has a very detailed mid-range and produces about 2W.

Mark - retro-thermionic
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BeBampDStage6SN7ss.jpgBe Bamp 6SN7 remote driver-under the bonnet2091 viewsUnder the bonnet of the new 6SN7 Be Bamp remote driver stage can be seen the Russian 0.47uf paper, foil and oil caps (green) and component layout. The bi-pass caps are low ESR types and the filter cap was snubbed. Only additional wire used was the filament wire and two earth connections. The assembly method was component-2-component wiring. No hook-up wire was used in the signal path at all and the signal path is very short. Tube socket is ceramic with gold plated pin connects.

This driver stage out-performs the original 6N1P stage, to my ears anyhow. Better bass, deeper, better textured sound stage, extended reverb and a warmer sound in the mid-range.
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6P3S-286L629-Push-Pull-with-E80CC-drivers.jpgE80СС + 6P3S (6L6) Push-Pull2087 viewsIn the second photo E80СС + 6P3S (6L6) push-pull Class-A. This selection of tubes also works with the is in the same HP floppy drive enclosure amplifier.

Rakhmanov Ilya (Рахманов Илья)
Moscow, Russia.
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BBAmpRears.jpgBBAmp (BeBamp) bread board tube amp with no driver stage2065 viewsThis is this the rear of the bread board power amp showing the OPT case with speaker binding posts and RCAs. The On/Off switch and fuse cane be seen from here. Because the OPTs were of open construction I placed them in a metal case which doubled as a terminal block for speakers and input RCAs. The tubes are JJ Blue Glass KT88.
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Digital_Pictures_1_032.jpgKT77 Tube Amp with Guitar Speakers2047 viewsHere the KT77 OddBlocks are powering guitar speakers. (by rparsh)
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Chinook_13FD7_SET_Tube_Amp.jpgChinook 13FD7 SET Tube Amplifier2046 viewsThis is the second tube amplifier I have built and of course I'm hooked BIG TIME!! I love it. The tube amplifier is the Chinook (Baby SET, 2.5W/ch) with one 13FD7 per channel and a EM80 for VU meter. OPT are Edcor GXSE10-8-5K. This amp makes for a great sound and vision show ;-)

Isophon, Canada
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Dons-300B-Tube-Amplifier.jpgDon's Compact 300B Amplifier2041 viewsDon has build this exquisitely compact 300B on one of his fine Spotted Gum bases. He uses ABS for the top plate with no bottom plate. He doesn’t believe in them. The 300Bs and 6SN7 are Chinese made “Electron Tube” – Shuguang . All components underneath are high-end. Though Don is on a pension he always uses the best passive parts but skimps on the tubes. The rec. tube is a Golden Dragon 5U4. The horizontal power tranni, OPTs and choke are locally wound by Dyne and are expensive. The best amp I have heard of Dons is his 2A3 which I intend to re-borrow. This amp is new and may improve with time but for now both the top end and bottom end are a little crippled. Mids don’t sound fast and slightly masked. BUT this may all change with time. It does play very loud though on a large 3 way Osborn Eclipse @91db efficient.
Mark – retro-thermionic
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Jan6418JewelBoxRear.jpgJAN6418 Sub-mini preamp in a plush Jewelery box2036 viewsThe rear of the Jewelery box has a brushed Aluminum plate to hold the input / output RCA connections and on off switch. The wood was too thick to mount the RCAs directly. See other photos of this build for more info about the JAN6418 Sub-mini preamp.

Complete details about this low cost and low voltage tube amp kit are available on the 6418 Tube Preamplifier Kit page.
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E88CC-SV83-SET-Amplifiers.jpgDual SV83 SET Amplifiers2028 viewsA mirrored pair of SET amplifiers, presently being used in bridged mode. All P2P construction using silver solder. I included a "Hazen grid" capacitor and input tube bias change switch. The single mA meter displays individual output tube bias current with a Left/Right switch. Edcor XPRW178 power transformer and GXSE10-6-8K output transformers. Upgraded caps to Jantzen Audio 1200V Z-Superior. Upgraded resistors to PRP PR9372 Audio for metal film and TAKMAN REX for carbon film. ALPS Blue 100K attenuator. The power supply uses a RCA 5U4GB rectifier and Hammond 156R choke. Matched pairs of Svetlana SV83 for power and JJ E88CC for the input tube.

Billy Whiten - Georgia, USA
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Push-Pull_6L6_Tube_Amplifier_Bottom.jpgUnderside - Push-Pull 6L6 Tube Amplifier2027 viewsUnderside view of my 6L6 tube amplifier. See the other photographs of my DIY 6L6 tube amplifier.

Panagiotis Gavriil (Greece)

See the DIY Audio Schematics page for more 6L6 amplifiers.
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_63-Fender-Reverb-Clone.jpg'63 Fender Reverb Clone2023 viewsHere is a photo of the last project I built. It is a rear view with the cover removed. It is a modernized clone of a '63 Fender Reverb. I changed a few things like using modern grounding and layout methods I went with larger filter caps a full wave bridge rectifier. I think I used a slightly nicer spring suspension system to "fly" the pan in it's shock isolation mounting. The input jack is grounded to the chassis but the other jacks are isolated. There are two transformers and one choke, all are made in USA with paper insulation. The enclosure is Maple. The sound is very true to the vintage Fender. It goes from very subtle to full-on spring/twang.

Chris A.- California, USA
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6T9-Tube-Amp-Rear.jpg6T9 Hi-Fi Vacuum Tube Amplifier2020 viewsRear view of the DIY 6T9 Tube Amplifier. The amplifier uses circuit boards purchased from Spare Time Gizmo. The power / filament transformer and audio output transformers are from Edcor. Mark's 6T9 ultra-liner tube amp modifications were also used.
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IMG_1943-1~1.JPGNP-100v12: 12AU7 / IRF510 Single Tube Headphone Amp2017 viewsHere's my version of the NP-100v12: 12AU7 / IRF510 Single Tube Headphone Amp, with it's companion regulator, running from an orphaned laptop power pack.

I added a simple headphone output delay during tube warmup, essentially a clone of the e12 delay from Millet Max: http://www.diyforums.org/MAX/MAXe12.php

The regulator side-kick is simply 3 50V, 1000uf capacitors before an LM317M regulator, also cobbled from the Millet Max (but without the need for the bridge diodes): http://www.diyforums.org/MAX/MAXps.php. Works swell and no noise. Audio is incredible.

Mike Y in Dallas
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SE-JJ-300B-Hammond-125.jpg2001 viewsThis is my newest project. A SET using JJ 300B and a 6E5P driver. The audio output transformers are Hammond 125FSE (90 mA). Two electr. chock channel supply. Fixed bias - 60v. Currents - 70 mA.

Nikola (Azazello)
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RFTUBES.jpgRF tubes in audio use1994 viewsThe use of RF tubes in audio amplifiers may be a good option and saves some money. Here you have the descriptions of some experiments done in this field. For details see http://diy-rbt5.tripod.com/
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PhonoTubePreampMkIIFrontS.jpgOatley Electronics K282 - JAN 6418 tube phono preamp kit1992 viewsFront view of my second Oatley JAN6418 tube phono preamp kit build. I call this one the Special Edition version. It uses an external solid state power supply instead of the two SMPS that come with the phono preamp kit.

See my review of the 6418 Tube (Valve) RIAA Phono Preamplifier Kit for full details.
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Jan6814HPAmpIIAirsAnd_CownSmall.jpgJAN6418 portable Triode Headphone Amp MkII1991 viewsThe finished portable triode headphone amp/preamp on top of a pair of audio-technica “AIR” head phones and the Cowon S9 in front. This "out of the box" build of the Oatley electronics JAN6418 headphone amp / preamp has a delicious sound, is compact and quite unique. See other images. It may seem odd to be driving high-end headphones with a space age SS player (Cowon S9) with an amp which employs sub-mini valves developed for the military last century. But it sounds excellent. More information about this little tube kit is available on the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Preamplifier / Headphone Amp Kit page.
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BBAmpDriverS.jpgRemote driver stage for Be Bamp - rear view1989 viewsRear view of my Tea Box 6N1P remote driver stage for the Bread Board KT88 SE UL tube amp.

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6p45s_push-pull_class-A_amplifier.jpg6p45s tube push-pull class-A amplifier1989 viewsHello, my name is Vitaly Gorbachevsky from Russia. In this photograph is a push-pull class-A tube amplifier that I built. The maximum output power is about 34W per channel. The vacuum tubes used are 6p45s tubes in the output stage and a and longtail 6n23p driver tube. The name for this tube amplifier project is the SILVER GLOW.

Here is a link to an article that shows how the amplifier was constructed. http://people.overclockers.ru/primrose/record2/. Note that the the text is in Russian however that are several pictures in it that will be interesting.
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12AU7_Super_Simple_Single_Stage_284S29_Tube_Preamplifier.jpgSuper Simple Single Stage (4S) 12AU7 Tube Preamplifier1958 viewsHere is my second attempt at the Super Simple Single Stage (4S) 12AU7 Tube Preamplifier. The internal layout is a lot neater and some values have been changed which better work with the 12AU7 tube. The sound is good but not as good as the first build. But that depends on the tube in place. The 12AU7 Golden Dragon (GD) is bright and detailed the 12AU7 CONN organ tube mellow and harmonically rich. The finish on the case is Epoxy Enamel Beaten Copper. Alps pot and black heavy weight solid brass knob. Again powered by a 24VAC wall wart. The third this has been built and a Universal 4th is too come.

I have built a number of these now and full information is available in the Super Simple Single Stage (4S) tube preamplifier thread on the forum.

Mark Houston (Australia)
http://www.retro-thermionic.blogspot.com/
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