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Old 11th September 2007, 08:09 AM   #1
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Good Morning to all,

I'm trying the following circuit:
6N6P Cascode

The upper valve grid is set to about 170V, while the lower one works at about 160V.
The circuit works, but has a too low gain, for my application.
I know, from Morgan Jones book explanation, that the lower valve sees a very low load, since the upper tube has a very low internal, dynamic impedance.
My question is: How can I calculate the load impedance for the lower valve, in manner to better understand how to change the circuit (maybe a different lower valve, or a parallel of two 6N6P triodes) to suit my needs?

Thanks in advance,
Giovanni Albergoni
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Old 11th September 2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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Good Morning Giovanni,

Here is a copy of an email that Lukasz from the lampizator web site sent me about using the 6h6p triode in a parallel SE configuration. Hope it helps. James

Hi,
I never actually built it but I think Ewgennyi has a prototype. The 6H6P can give
out even tens of miliamps. So just operate it in the highest possible operating
point (say 160 V DC power supply, via primary of transformer - on anode. Cathode
to ground. Separate circuit for bias - try minus 6,3 V adjustable with a pot. You
can steal -6,3 V from the heater circuit and make minus 4 from it. Just make
heaters with DC and ground the plus not minus. Makes no difference. then paralell
as many tubes as you desire power. Of course - paralell the halves too. Set 15 mA
per half tube. 30 mA per one paralelled triode.
the only trouble is the speaker transformer. It has to be bought somewhere. Just
remove it from old broken tube radios from 1950's or 60's.
Yoy also need gigantic power supply for the heaters - 5 watts per tube. If you
decide to use 4 tubes per channel - the heaters must be powered by 40 watts
(maybe a 100VAC transformer)

Regards and good luck.
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Old 11th September 2007, 05:56 PM   #3
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The lower valve sees as its anode load:

(RL + ra)/(u + 1)

Where:

RL = the load resistance in the anode circuit of the upper valve
ra = anode resistance of the upper valve at the chosen operating point
u = amplification factor of the upper valve at the chosen operating point
1 = one
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