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Old 25th December 2013, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Test Equipment for Valve Amplifier Building

Dear All,

First of all let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

I wanted to field a question regarding test equipment for building Valve amplifiers.
I currently already own a Gould OS300 20Mhz Oscilloscope, Fluke IV DMM, AVO 8 Meter.

So my question is does anyone have any advice on what other test equipment I should purchase for my work bench?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 25th December 2013, 11:04 PM   #2
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Location: Mar del Plata, a BIG seasonal getaway city, can see the Ocean from our residence.
You can always get some freebie PC based AF generators online.
You already have more gear than most for building tube amps. REMEMBER, all high voltage protocols apply when testing your tube amp. Just one moment of inattentiveness can put you on the floor, frothing at the mouth, not breathing..with a stopped heart.......OK?? Peace.

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Old 26th December 2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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Thanks thats a good idea I will look up some af generators for my imac.
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Old 26th December 2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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Might be worth buying a good quality fixed x100 scope probe.

And some 1000V rated rubber gloves !

The Technician that came to install the recorder on my Mains Supply had and used, 6000V rated gloves.
regards Andrew T.
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Old 29th December 2013, 12:09 PM   #5
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a "dim bulb tester"(lamp limiter) is always handy to have around for building or servicing.
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Old 29th December 2013, 12:39 PM   #6
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Location: West Australia, near to the beach, natural ambient sounds mostly.
Cheap dumpster loudspeakers.
Suitable dummy load resistors....or loudspeaker load simulator network.
A decent usb outboard soundcard is very useful for testing, and measurement...lot's of free audio testing software available.

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