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Old 14th August 2007, 12:18 PM   #1
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G'Day again.

After the success of my first tube amp build, a TubeLab SimpleSE, I decided I had to get my teeth in to this and build another amp. The amp will be for my girlfriend to use in her office, with the signal source being her computer. I am also going to build a set of bookshelf speakers to go with the amp, probably Fostex FE127E in small bass reflex box. For the amp build, I was thinking of something small, simple and single ended, but my father, an electronics engineer, convinced me to try something a little more complex. After a little trolling online he suggested that this would be a good project, Mullard ECL82 push-pull:

http://www.bonavolta.ch/hobby/en/audio/ecl82_2.htm

We decided to modify the design slightly, solid state rectification, no input tone controls, and a slight change to the feedback resistor to take in to account the chosen output transformers - Edcor XPP10-8-8K. As this is for a small office, size was a consideration, so I was ambitious and purchased a Hammond 10*6*2 enclosure. The particular Edcor transformer was chosen as it will fit under the chassis.

Have purchased all of the parts and now would like a little advice on the point to point wiring. I have read the posts regarding grounding schemes, and these have been very informative and helpful, but my search for a point to point wiring guide/tutorial has not been successful. If anybody could give me a few rules of thumb, tips, suggestions or point me in the right direction on the web I would be very grateful.

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Old 14th August 2007, 12:25 PM   #2
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I don't know about web sources, but if you're going to do it right, pick up a copy of "Building Valve Amplifiers." It covers layout and wiring issues very thoroughly.
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Old 14th August 2007, 01:30 PM   #3
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Thanks Sy,

I love to have a book to browse through, much better than staring at a computer screen. I have ordered the book, but what am I to do while I wait As I live in Australia, I was limited to the sources I could find to get the book. Found an online store that had one in stock, but they say allow 6-10 days delivery

Any tips to get me started? It would be nice to be able to start getting the chassis ready and bolting the big items on. Basic plan is to have the power transformer and choke next to each other at the back of chassis on top, output transformers at back under the chassis, with power, choke and output cores 90 degrees to each other. Input ECC83 at front centre with the four 6BM8s just behind. Volume pot on the front near the driver tube. Any obvious problems with this basic setup while I wait for the book?

Here is basic picture, sorry for bad quality, using phone camera today...

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Old 14th August 2007, 03:43 PM   #4
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Hi Chris,

Here is a link to some photo's of some DIY valve amps.

http://www.triode-systems.com/module...=ratingD&pos=5

My best tips 1) watch out for cold solder joints! Do learn how to solder properly. 2) keep the signal lines away from any A.C. voltage lines ((including the heater supply lines) 3) in areas where the signal lines get around (or near) A.C. voltage they need to cross at 90 degrees from one another. I like to use shielded signal lines where available and in areas where the audio signal is low (such as on the input).

Hope this helps a bit.

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And here's an EL84 amp that I built:

http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showt...18#post1154718
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/showt...51#post1138851
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/attac...amp=1171894873

Nothing fancy or novel, but proper attention to grounding, routing, and layout resulted in a very quiet and stable amplifier.
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Old 14th August 2007, 06:32 PM   #6
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don't forget to stock up on terminal strips with different number of lugs. Antique Electronic Supply has a good selection. You can also go the turret board route for a cleaner look. P2P wiring always takes longer than you imagine - so be patient when you get to it.

Before you do any wiring, decide on how you will lay out your grounding, filament wiring, components, etc - I like to make a printout of the chassis (I use Front Panel Express) and use that as a basis.
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I don't know about web sources, but if you're going to do it right, pick up a copy of "Building Valve Amplifiers." It covers layout and wiring issues very thoroughly.
I definitely second Morgan Jones' book, it's a good starting place for these sorts of things. Lots of practical advice and good suggestions for doing metalworking.
My best advice would be to take your time and not get in a rush. Make sure you have good quality tools. Start with a sketch if it helps (it often does) and don't be afraid to revise/improve upon it. If you start to get frustrated while building the thing, take a break and just walk away. I find that I make my worst mistakes (read: the ones that are the most expensive) under duress... Good luck and hope your build goes smoothly!
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Old 14th August 2007, 11:11 PM   #8
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. Yes I have ordered the book, but it will take about a week to get here. Just about cleaned the local Jaycar shop out of tag strips yesterday

My initial plan of attack was going to be

1. Lay out filament wiring, twisted and placed in corner of chassis opposite side toshielded run of signal wire from back RCAs to pot.

2. Ground bus from back to front pretty much central to chassis, following connection suggested in posts on this forum.

3. Wire power supply from transformer to output tubes to input tube, in stages checking voltages as each stage completed.

4. Signal wiring starting with input tube then working down signal path.

Is this a reasonable approach? Hoping that this way any problems that occur will be a little easier to diagnose as I progress.

Thanks for the help so far. Hope I have not been too much of a pain with the questions while I wait for the book to arrive.

And the photos of other peoples amps? Hmmm, some of that work is so good it will probably make me embarrassed to post my efforts! How do you guys get the layout and wiring so neat?

Cheers,

Chris
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Old 15th August 2007, 01:09 AM   #9
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And the photos of other peoples amps? Hmmm, some of that work is so good it will probably make me embarrassed to post my efforts! How do you guys get the layout and wiring so neat?

Cheers,

Chris
One thing I do when trying to figure out the layouts is to simply draw them out on sheets of paper. I get a sheet of paper, mark out the edges of the chassis along with where the major parts such as transformers and input/output jacks are mounted, then I pencil in the tubes and parts and figure out how run the wires to all of them. It usually takes quite a few sheets of paper before I get it right.
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Old 15th August 2007, 01:27 AM   #10
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Funny about that, I wail and gnash teeth when I look at stuff from some of the other veterans here! In my case, I like to build and test things as modules, then bolt all the modules together. As you can see from my photos, my ground bus is run very much the way you propose. the only other "tricky" thing I did was to use a turret board with sockets.

Front Panel Express is a godsend to klutzes like me.
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