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Old 21st August 2010, 10:24 PM   #1
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Default Simple P-P Board & Parts Kits

Hi I have been following this thread for a while now and would really like to build a simple P-P but I have a few questions.

1. Can you buy a board & the parts to complete it yet? If so how much would the kit be with shipping to the UK?

2. The Edcor transformers look a really good deal, does anyone know where you can buy them in Europe? Failing that how much would shipping etc. be to the UK?

3. Another question again for any UK builders do they have any suggestions for some good local manufacturers for Mains & Output transformers?

Thank you in advance for any info you may have.
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Old 22nd August 2010, 09:04 AM   #2
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If you pm Tubelab (George) he might be able to get a kit together, or at least a PCB. PCB and shipping prices are on his website. Or you could source components locally, BOM on the website. Edcor transformers ship (I think) in a flat rate 20lb box for USD$43.50, so check the weight of the trannies and see if you can get them into a 20lb box, or just ask Edcor directly for a quote.
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Old 22nd August 2010, 09:38 AM   #3
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Hi,

Bluebell audio, Sowter, Tube Distinctions,

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Old 22nd August 2010, 09:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info guys,

I checked Bluebell who have a good range of Hammond stuff at ok prices, Sowter looks expensive are they really worth that kind of money?

Will have a look at tube distinctions later.

From reading around the quality of the Output transformers seems to be the deciding factor in how good the final sound will be. So which would you recommend Edcor, Hammond or Tube Distinctions (don't think I can afford the Sowter stuff unfortunally)?
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Old 23rd August 2010, 03:43 PM   #5
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1) You can order the Simple PP board same as any of his boards. It's not listed on that page about orders, but if you order one he will send it. The parts kits are ready but I don't think he is making them available yet. Actually I don't know what the status of this is, but there was at least one question about component values. That said, I'm running mine with the specified parts at the moment and it works OK as long as I use the "right" 12AT7s.

I would pick Edcor over Hammond myself, but that assumes that I could get them shipped for a reasonable price.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thanks....I tried PM George but haven't had reply yet...he must be really busy at work.

The reason I asked about parts kits was I thought I had read somewhere that they were ready and figured if he had invested the money in parts he would probably like to start making a return on the money sooner rather than later and it would make the project so much easier for a beginner like me.
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Old 24th August 2010, 01:57 AM   #7
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Thanks....I tried PM George but haven't had reply yet...he must be really busy at work.
Well, I was busy at work, I got 2 days off in July other than those it was 10 to 12 hours a day 7 days a week. That was to get far enough ahead so I could take 2 weeks off and go see my wife, daughter and grandkids. I had limited internet availability at my mother in laws house.

Today was my first day back at work and as I figured, not much happened. I am sure that Rknize can relate. I solved more problems with our new board in one day than the rest of the team did in a week, and I only stayed until 7PM! I get one week to fully evaluate a complex design with 655 parts on a 2 X 4 inch PCB.

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Sherri made up 10 parts kits before she had to go stay with her mom. I have one left and it is spoken for. I need to place a Digikey order for a few small parts and I'll have plenty more. With luck that will happen tomorrow.

As with the other boards the Simple P-P is $35. The parts kit is $65. Shipping for the board and parts kit at the same time is $8 in the US and $15 elsewhere.

Kits for the Simple SE will be available as soon as I have time to figure out what I am out of. Kits for the Tubelab SE are not in the near future since there are too many different permutations for that one.
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Today was my first day back at work and as I figured, not much happened. I am sure that Rknize can relate. I solved more problems with our new board in one day than the rest of the team did in a week, and I only stayed until 7PM!
Ugh, I know! Afterwards I often end up wondering why I bother to "get things ready" for when I am gone. The long hours before and after are the main reasons I don't like taking vacations at all. It hardly seems worth it.

I guess we don't work for the same company anymore, huh?
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George, I would be down for the simple SE kit.
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I guess we don't work for the same company anymore, huh?
Well in our plant the walls between us have been built but we can still visit the "other side" until Jan 1, 2011. All access to MD fileservers are gone. I can't even see my old directories from iDEN. For some reason I can still get to some MD compass sites including your "product launches".

Russ, you know I have been busy, but I totally forgot that I have your 12AT7's. I will send them back the next time I go to the post office. I will include a handful of my surplus 12AT7's. Anything else you want me to stuff in the box?
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