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Old 29th December 2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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So I'm working out the final details of my chassis for my Tubelab Simple SE and I figured there are enough Tubelab owners on this board that it might be nice to have some pics of everyone's finished products all in one place. I draw a lot of inspiration from you guys!

So, please post some pics of your Tubelab projects. Finished amps, internal shots, construction pics, etc would all be nice to see.
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Old 29th December 2009, 05:19 AM   #2
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Here's my Simple SE build. The chassis started life as a Sony TC-K6 tape deck from the late 1970's that I picked up at Goodwill for $5. A piece of purple heart hides the old front panel. Some perforated aluminium from the local hardware store forms the recessed area for the tubes. The existing holes in the back of the chassis were re-used. The only problem I have is that the motor run cap I had was too big too fit inside. So I'm on the look out for an oval one that will fit. The whole chassis went together in a day and was cheaper than any of the commercially available ones.
My original idea was a more traditional design with the transformers mounted on top of the chassis and a cut out in the center for the tubes. I wanted to cast this out of concrete similar to concrete counter tops but use white cement and cobalt blue glass. Once it was polished I think it would look pretty cool. I still may try this when I get some time and a place to work on it (maybe for a Simple P-P).
There are lots of good ideas in the fourms. Good luck with your build.
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Old 29th December 2009, 07:34 AM   #3
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My Simple SE build was base on a 12"x10" Hammond steel plate and wrap around with scraps red oak. The idea of the original layout was inspired by fellow member Russ that he posted the pictures during his Simple SE build. There are so many Simple SE build and good ideas in the forums. Good luck and enjoy your Simple SE build.
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Old 29th December 2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Hi Guys,

Mine is not nearly as cool looking as the ones you guys have made, but it works great and sounds very good. OPT's are Transcendars.

Here's a picture:

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Sorry about the size of the picture. I'm not having much luck increasing it to a good viewable size.

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Old 29th December 2009, 12:55 PM   #5
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2mm alu top plate (first two hands of wash primer and then 3 hands motip dark green spray) on beech wood, Transcendars opt (5k/40% ultralinear/ 4 & 8 ohms) , hammond 374bx, hammond 193j , alps blue velvet ...

right now with Ei KT90 (pre bombs ones) .... and they are just perfect !!!!!!

good luck and have fun ...
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Old 29th December 2009, 01:00 PM   #6
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I'm enjoying seeing everyone's pictures and hearing your ideas. I think I've finally got all my parts and pieces in one place and with any luck I should have something to post this weekend.

I must say, I'm really impressed with the creativity in the DIY world; I mean, come on... who ever heard of making an amp out of concrete!

jimazz, just curious, it doesn't look like you have any bracing underneath; does 2 mm aluminum support all that iron without sagging/bending?

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2mm alu top plate (first two hands of wash primer and then 3 hands motip dark green spray) on beech wood, Transcendars opt (5k/40% ultralinear/ 4 & 8 ohms) , hammond 374bx, hammond 193j , alps blue velvet ...

right now with Ei KT90 (pre bombs ones) .... and they are just perfect !!!!!!

good luck and have fun ...
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Old 29th December 2009, 01:05 PM   #7
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jimazz, just curious, it doesn't look like you have any bracing underneath; does 2 mm aluminum support all that iron without sagging/bending?
yeap, it does ....

tho I had many ideas to support the top plate finally I didnt have to ...

those opt helped out as they are much lighter than the hammonds 1628 or the big edcors that I had in mind ... (and sure will use them the next time)
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Old 29th December 2009, 03:52 PM   #8
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Here is my work in progress, Simple SE on baking tray.
First with 6l6gc
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And now with 6P3S-E & 5U3C, sounds much better!
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Old 29th December 2009, 04:45 PM   #9
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Simple SE build.

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Old 29th December 2009, 04:55 PM   #10
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Here's my Simple SE, with just a few of the variety of tubes I've tried in it.

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