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Old 8th January 2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default 2A3 SE Amp

Approx. 30W anode dissipation for 2A3, 6 months, no problems!
Plasma tube is originally developed by Asparuh Jeliazkov, constructor of BG Full Range driver named "Ether".
It is quite different from classic VR tubes.
For non plasma tube applications :
Simply change two 5k1 resistors with others, with value 68k/1W.
Caps are 3TO-1 or K52-2, AgTa, russian military made.
I tried with many brands - Paper in oil (really greasy sound, wich masking faults of amp and source and we think that sound is OK), BG (slower than K52-2 with "anaemic" sound )...

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Old 8th January 2008, 03:25 PM   #2
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Nice design,..
What about sound
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Old 8th January 2008, 03:52 PM   #3
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Just curious.....

Why have you used a string of electrolytics for coupling the grid of the 2A3 from the driver and from the gain stage to driver....?

Personally, I wouldnt trust an electrolytic here as they as just so leaky and could cause bias drift, Maybe I'm wrong though....

I like good old fashioned Polyprop caps for that job, and you only need the one....

Something you may have overlooked....

Your 6.3V supply for your Driver/pre And the rectifier (The Cathode of which is at 350 odd Volts),--Also supplies the driver/pre tubes whose Cathodes are near earth/deck potential......

You Could be exceeding the Heater/Cathode potential of both the rectifier and the pre/driver tubes....Worth checking--I'm not familiar with that rectifier tube....
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Old 9th January 2008, 05:57 AM   #4
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64- has max. +100/-400V between heater and cathode
It's really great rectifier tube
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Old 9th January 2008, 09:12 AM   #5
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Your designs are always interesting, so I shall keep an eye on this project. Good luck with it.
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Old 9th January 2008, 10:31 AM   #6
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Originally posted by Alastair E Just curious.....

Why have you used a string of electrolytics for coupling the grid of the 2A3 from the driver and from the gain stage to driver....?

Personally, I wouldnt trust an electrolytic here as they as just so leaky and could cause bias drift, Maybe I'm wrong though....

I like good old fashioned Polyprop caps for that job, and you only need the one....
Russian military AgTa cap has quite different construction (without plates) than other ordinary caps - (your favorite) polyprops, electrolytics, etc.
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Old 15th January 2008, 08:16 AM   #7
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construction of AgTa caps, K52; 53; 3TO, etc. :
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peculiarity of construction explains why these caps are too fast and linear...
where to buy?:
click (russian)
Caps 3TO-1;2 are old production of K52-2 type and has different (a little bit bigger than K52-2) geometric dimensions.

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Old 15th January 2008, 09:07 AM   #8
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I have excellent experience with russian military PIO caps (brown col. like cigaret pack, metal box...) Even open one to take a look what is inside... And there was I think silver foil paper insulation in gel...
Sound was superior to against poly teflon and other caps...
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Russian military silver-mica caps also sounds good.
I have few scores (taken from old wasted russian missles) and I use them for RIAA correctors...
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