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Old 3rd September 2014, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Budget Tubelab SE

I recently completed an SSE and love it. Now a friend would like me to build an amp, and rather than build another SSE I think if like to do the SE this time, most likely configured for 300bs. Budget is somewhat important. My question: is a "budget" SE significantly more expensive than a budget SSE? I know the tubes are going to cost more, but are there any other expensive "gotchas" to look out for?

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Old 4th September 2014, 09:02 AM   #2
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I can't help you with your question but i am thinking about building SE. Are you happy with you SSE and how much did you spend to build SSE?
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Old 4th September 2014, 04:11 PM   #3
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I built my 300B SE (budget build, but not super cheap either) over the course of a year (buying stuff when the budget allowed). I built it for something between $800 and $900. Actually, my spreadsheet says $725.29 but that doesn't include some things (like panel meters, wire, etc...) I used an Edcor XPWR131 power transformer, and Transcendar choke and OPT (20W SE -the only thing I felt I blew my budget on -although they do sound good!) My original 300B tubes were Guigang and $100 for the pair. These sounded awful, but were suitable for testing and check out. If I were doing it again, I would start with better tubes. I've since used Valve Art 300B tubes and currently have Sovtek 300Bs (which I prefer). Good luck!
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Old 4th September 2014, 09:47 PM   #4
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Transcendar choke and OPT (20W SE -the only thing I felt I blew my budget on -although they do sound good!)
Well Transcendar OPT is listed for 250$ per pair ^^ I am sure they sound great

I am thinking about getting JS-6123HS 85$ for each.

But i am not the sure what to get for PT, because in Turkey, we have 230v comes from wall
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Old 4th September 2014, 10:50 PM   #5
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I am thinking about getting JS-6123HS 85$ for each.
Where are you getting James 6123HS for $85 each?
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Old 4th September 2014, 11:10 PM   #6
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Where are you getting James 6123HS for $85 each?
This is the site s*2

js-6123hs 85$

js-6132hsf 164$

js-6153hf 355$

js-10-200s is for 70$
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Old 5th September 2014, 03:32 AM   #7
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I can't help you with your question but i am thinking about building SE. Are you happy with you SSE and how much did you spend to build SSE?
I'm REALLY happy with the SSE. I think I spent about $400 plus the wood for the chassis. Then I purchased a second set of (more expensive) output tubes. I'm using Edcor power and output transformers and an Edcor choke. I do have a supplemental motor run cap. My amp is wired for triode mode only. I only use tube rectification.

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Old 5th September 2014, 01:28 PM   #8
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400$ sounds fantastic for a tube amp. I am not sure now if i should go for SSE or SE

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I'm REALLY happy with the SSE. I think I spent about $400 plus the wood for the chassis. Then I purchased a second set of (more expensive) output tubes. I'm using Edcor power and output transformers and an Edcor choke. I do have a supplemental motor run cap. My amp is wired for triode mode only. I only use tube rectification.

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Old 5th September 2014, 01:51 PM   #9
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Caner,

I have built the SSE also. It is a fine sounding amplifier. Also easier to build for a beginner.
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Old 5th September 2014, 01:56 PM   #10
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I have a noobie question, can I drive any of those amps with any kind of cd player?
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Caner,

I have built the SSE also. It is a fine sounding amplifier. Also easier to build for a beginner.
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