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6EM7_Single_Ended_Triode_Amplifier.jpg“Paris” – 6EM7 Dual Mono Integrated Amplifier2357 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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Jan6814HPAmpIISmall.jpgJAN6418 portable Triode Headphone Amp MkII2355 viewsThis is a straight build of the oatley electronics sub-mini headphone driver and preamp. In other builds where the basic cct. brd. is used as a preamp the passive components are upgraded and the PT2308, headphone driver chip, though very good, has been upgraded. Not here. This build uses the stock components that came with the kit. See the JAN6418 Valve (Tube) Preamplifier / Headphone Amp Kit project page for more information and other build variations..
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Push-Pull__Amplifier_6L6_Tube_Glow.jpgTube Glow - Push-Pull 6L6 Tube Amplifier2348 viewsThe glowing tubes of my 6L6 amplifier. The large tubes are the 6L6 output tubes and the smaller tubes are the 12AX7 driver tubes. The bright tube in the middle is an EM80. See the other photos of my 6L6 amp.

Panagiotis Gavriil (Greece)

See the DIY Audio Schematics page for more 6L6 amplifier schematics.
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Listening-Room-Nikola-Azazello.jpgNikola's (Azazello) Tube Listening Room2346 viewsPhotograph of my tube amplifier in my listening room.

From left to right on the shelf:
SE 6Ф3П
SE 2A3 RCA
OTL 6AS7
EL11 Telefunken
PP 6П3С (variant of Leibowitz circuit)

From left to right on the floor:
PP 6005 - variant Leibowitz
SE 300B JJ
SE 6С4С
SE EL11 Tungsram
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6v6amp.jpg6V6 SE Tube Amplifier2343 viewsA small 2 tube amplifier with a 6V6 tube used for the output and a 6N7 general-purpose double triode used as pre amp tube. For full details see http://diy-rbt2.tripod.com
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DSC04201.JPGKT88 (Genalex) Rackmount Build (Bruce's OddWatt Design)2330 viewsI am glad I built these; every #$%@!ing day. Wow. You need a project, yep, this is it.

KT88 Push-Pull Mono Block OddWatt Amplifier Project
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BeBampDStage6SN7ss.jpgBe Bamp 6SN7 remote driver-under the bonnet2319 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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Dons-300B-Tube-Amplifier.jpgDon's Compact 300B Amplifier2303 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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_63-Fender-Reverb-Clone.jpg'63 Fender Reverb Clone2290 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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Chinook_13FD7_SET_Tube_Amp.jpgChinook 13FD7 SET Tube Amplifier2283 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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BBAmpRears.jpgBBAmp (BeBamp) bread board tube amp with no driver stage2272 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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Push-Pull_6L6_Tube_Amplifier_Bottom.jpgUnderside - Push-Pull 6L6 Tube Amplifier2254 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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SE-JJ-300B-Hammond-125.jpg2244 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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6p45s_push-pull_class-A_amplifier.jpg6p45s tube push-pull class-A amplifier2241 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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Digital_Pictures_1_032.jpgKT77 Tube Amp with Guitar Speakers2239 viewsHere the KT77 OddBlocks are powering guitar speakers. (by rparsh)
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IMG_1943-1~1.JPGNP-100v12: 12AU7 / IRF510 Single Tube Headphone Amp2236 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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Jan6418JewelBoxRear.jpgJAN6418 Sub-mini preamp in a plush Jewelery box2227 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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6EM7-SE-Amp.jpgSE 6EM7 Power Amplifier2227 viewsYet another 6EM7 power amplifier. This time some parts were down graded and a different internal layout technique was used. The power transformer and choke are isolated top and bottom by rubber grommets. This ensures no AC vibration reaches the tubes. The initial power supply filtering is preceded with a on-board power filter, a 20uF/450V electrolytic capacitor and a 20H/100mA Hammond choke. The HT is supplied by a Hammond power transformer and Sovtek 5Y3 rectifier tube. The second stage of filtering is 47uF and 100uF electrolytic with a large limiting resistor ensure the amp is totally free from of hum and noise. All power supply capacitors are snubbed.

This amp sounds better than the last and I think it may be the Sylvania NOS 6EM7 tubes. Sprague orange drops are used in the inter-stage coupling and once more large non-polarized capacitors for the bypass on the power tubes. For the first time I have used Chinese made H&K 15W audio output transformers, can't fault them. The look of the amp is almost under-stated "sexy" and the sound the same - sexy and natural.

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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6T9-Tube-Amp-Rear.jpg6T9 Hi-Fi Vacuum Tube Amplifier2219 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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Push-Pull-6V6GT-6SN7GT.jpg6V6GT Push-Pull (PP) Amplifier2207 viewsThe 6V6 PP Amp is my very 1st attempt at valves and built it about 18 months ago...

Keith (Christchurch, New Zealand)
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