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Old 25th September 2012, 07:07 AM   #21
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Default Tubelab Simple PP EL84 & SSE

You can always check George's - Tubelab Simple PP EL84 & SSE.
Many infos at the vendors forum ..
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Old 25th September 2012, 08:29 PM   #22
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Default My suggestion(s)

Look at the Decware SE84+ ($775) or if you prefer, the Zkit1 (about $220 for parts and circuit board).Super low power (2W/ch) but can drive most speakers quite well.
Following Dave's suggestion I have always wanted something like a SCA-35 or similar. Thankfully if I can muster it, I have an old PP ECC83 Spartan receiver that could be used as a donor. Something similar would be interesting using the old circuit, but modern components.
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Old 26th September 2012, 02:45 PM   #23
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I have a Musical Paradise MP301 MkII that I have been plased with. I don't have a lot of time on the amp and haven't done any tube rolling but the sound is very pleasant. I have no hum with stock tubes.

I found this amp to be perhaps the best bargain in single ended amps. Reasonably high power for the genre, availability and reasonable cost of tubes, and low initial cost. Well built amp. Hard to beat for the cost. In fact I couldn't find another integrated tube amp for $300.


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It was recently suggested (I read between the lines) that my vintage pioneer stereo reciever could stand to be upgraded. What budget amplifiers can be recommended for use with Fullrange speakers.

I've looked at Yaqin and Musical Paradise so far.

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Old 26th September 2012, 03:32 PM   #24
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If you don't mind SS... try the Gainclones.. The Gainclones looses out to tubes in the mids .. but you get quite a bit of power, excellent bass and highs all these... for very little money and real easy to build.
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These guys are in Edmonton, and i have been looking at their amps with interest.

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I wouldnt really recommend a Gainclone or something.
It's quite hard to make them "shine" with fullrangers due to the openess.
Class-A is the way to go, since FR can be to revealing.
Tubes sound great and safe...
And lovely with my ST-70
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To really get synergy with a fullrange driver, you need tubes. The high output impedance of tube amps EQs the response to boost the bass and treble so that a fullrange would have a more linear frequency response. A quality 8" fullrange at 93 dB/W and a single ended tube amp synergizes so well.

You can DIY your own tube amp for dirt cheap, and just upgrade the components later.
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Look at the Amp Camp Amp - a diy Nelson Pass 5w Class A solid state kit for newbies at a very low price
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I guess we all have a different definition of dirt cheap.

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To really get synergy with a fullrange driver, you need tubes. The high output impedance of tube amps EQs the response to boost the bass and treble so that a fullrange would have a more linear frequency response. A quality 8" fullrange at 93 dB/W and a single ended tube amp synergizes so well.

You can DIY your own tube amp for dirt cheap, and just upgrade the components later.
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Old 29th September 2012, 05:03 PM   #30
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Would be interesting to see how you thought they compared to the Tubelab stuff. I have Simple SE boards but have yet to get started on the kit.



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