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Old 1st December 2012, 01:13 AM   #121
nigelwright7557 is offline nigelwright7557  United Kingdom
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There used to be a little book floating around with multi KW valve amplifiers in it in the 1980's.
Maplin used to sell a copy then.
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Old 1st December 2012, 01:34 AM   #122
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The reason I jumped on this thread with such interest is that I have several projects going on currently that have a similar concept. Here is my thread for a pair of 200W monoblocks using parallel output iron:

Bogen MO-200A transplant /conversion

It has not come to fruition yet due to the holidays and tube costs, so I put it on the back burner and have decided to go smaller scale initially with this concept:

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I have all the iron, so it should go together pretty easy.

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Old 1st December 2012, 02:12 AM   #123
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It also sounds very expensive to get where you want to be.
I already have all the parts on hand, so for me it's just a challenge. 125 WPC with Pete's 18 WPC board was too easy. I ran the board at 250 WPC for several days with no incidents, but I think pushing 250 WPC through Pete's board was a bit too far. There are some traces that are just too close for comfort.

There have been requests for BIG power amps, but the reality usually sets in when the $$$$ and the risk of failure starts tallying up. Search this forum and you will find very few tube amps over 200 WPC have been built. There are reasons for this. Many people underestimate the cost, risk, and probability of failure involved with building a big tube amp. All go up exponentially with the power level. Too many people start building something beyond their ability, and never finish, or worse blow up some very expensive parts, then give up.

The traditional method for big power is big voltage and transmitter tubes. This means high impedance OPT's which are hard to make, and expensive. It is also possible to run multiple lower powered tubes in parallel, reducing the impedance and the voltage level, but the tube costs go up.

Still to make a 500 WPC amp, we are dealing with a B+ of 600 volts, and currents over 1 AMP. Yes, this can kill you, and then cook your body before the power fuse blows!

Do I have the experience to design and make this amp? YES. Do I have all the parts? YES? Do I need a big amp like this? NO. Do I want to make it just because I can? Maybe. Would a BIG A$$ guitar amp be cool???? Is the Brownout 1000 cool? YOU BET!

If you haven't seen it before, Yes I went down the transmitting tube route before too! Totally not practical.

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Old 1st December 2012, 02:22 AM   #124
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To produce that kind of power would not take that many 6C33s if you ran OTL. Also, the 'fixed output impedance' thing is not a concern.

We built a 500-watt OTL using 6AS7s: Atma-Sphere music systems, inc. That took only 42 tubes per channel, you could make 900 watts with 90 6AS7Gs. The 6AS7G is still being made.
Agreed. OTL seems to be the way to go for high power. 2 6C33C's will do 25W, and roughly speaking, the maximum power scales as the square of the number of tubes (because the maximum power is limited by the current the tubes can pass). So 4 6C33C's would be approaching 100W, and 8 could do roughly 400W or so. (That's probably a bit of an overestimate, but not too far off the mark.)

Alan Kimmel's circlotron, using EL509 sweep tubes, is apparently 225W using 8 tubes. High power is pretty easy with OTL, and relatively cheap because of the savings in OPT's.

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Old 1st December 2012, 06:51 AM   #125
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powder coated and screen printed with the custom graphics using a two part white epoxy.
There's places that laser-engrave panels nicely for cheap, but there's often a $50 setup for the first one unless you supply a machine-readable file.
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Old 3rd December 2012, 05:01 PM   #126
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Ouch! Heater power alone would be in the region of 5kW!!!
The output power would be in the neighbourhood of 3000 watts too.

Like I said, for 500 watts you can do it with forty 6AS7Gs/channel. That is still a big amp- the version we did had outboard power supplies and required automatic variacs controlling bucking transformers so that when the amps dimmed the AC power line, they could still make full power.
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Old 5th December 2012, 09:14 PM   #127
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A class AB2 833A2 could esaily surpass 500W. It can be done but // tubes is much easier, however more prone to decreased reliability. I developed a 150SE triode amplifier that never failed from the very first start-up years ago.

You can read my ongoing story over here.

ward's 150W SE amp blog

BTW, being a transformer manufacterer, we can supply custom transfomers. The core I use has 42 CM2 surface.


Kinfd regards, //WDC
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Old 6th December 2012, 12:11 AM   #128
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Ward, please **do not** post a plug for your transformers every time you respond to a post. Recommend you reread the forum rules. Thank You.
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Old 6th December 2012, 08:08 AM   #129
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Hi Kevin

Sorry for that, it was not my intention.

You can remove the part that is not inline with the rules if you want.

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Old 6th December 2012, 08:20 AM   #130
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At those prices, does it really matter?
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