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Old 5th February 2008, 04:34 AM   #1
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I am thinking of buying a cheap kit to start with for practice on leaning more about how these what I consider wonderful sounding amps are built. Any suggestions on cheap beginner kits would be much appreciated. I can read all day but need to solder and conect to learn, at least that is my therory.
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Old 5th February 2008, 06:21 AM   #2
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The K12-M is a popular low budget entry level kit.

http://diyaudioprojects.com/Tubes/K-12M/K-12M.htm

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Old 6th February 2008, 02:51 AM   #3
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The K-12 kits are ideal for a beginner and deliver good performance for the cost.

Here are a number of K-12 Tube Amplifier Kits. Keep in mind that the kit does not come with an enclosure.

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Old 6th February 2008, 03:29 AM   #4
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This one looks nice too, but only max 4watt...I dont think it has been around long enough to have any rewievs here, assembled and tested board

http://www.engineeringvista.com/audi...ictures_m1.htm

Maybe a bit more difficult, cant say but I think it looks nice, complete kit

http://gabevee.tripod.com/cgv0606.html

And the obvious choice, but no kit

http://www.tubelab.com/SimpleSE.htm

And this sweet thing, seems to be a complete kit

http://www.hawthorneaudio.com/spud_kit.htm

http://pages.prodigy.net/jimmcshane/....htm#parts.htm
http://pages.prodigy.net/jimmcshane/elcheapo.htm
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Old 6th February 2008, 10:48 PM   #5
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Hi John, There is another similar thread on this subject in this section. The K-12 is a good performer for the price. As a first time kit it is pretty easy to build a working amp. As was noted, it is without a case and depending on your situation this is a potentially serious problem. Hot tubes and exposed voltages are not kid or spouse friendly (could be a problem for house pets too). Welcome to the tube family.
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Old 7th February 2008, 03:17 AM   #6
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Thanks Bruce and everyone for the leads on some projects to look into. I have a few tube amps that I am currently using, and some that need work. Have a pair of Bogen 110's that are hooked to a pair of KLHs that sound so sweet it is unreal.
I have a larger setup consisting of pair of Dynaco MK IVs driving Bozak symps B-4000s. And I just love lps, the blues grew up with the blues playin listening just enjoyin.
BUT.... i have no working knowledge of amps dont do my own repairs and have yet to find a decent small scale repair person who I can use, so I feel it is time to learn. Start slow see how it goes. Anyone want to kick around some ideas feel free, I cant use private messaging yet because I am new to group so cant get into any detail questions yet.
Enjoy, JOHN
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Old 7th February 2008, 03:40 AM   #7
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Hi John, email me at gofar99@hotmail.com if you desire. I may have a few ideas for you.
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Old 18th June 2008, 05:27 PM   #8
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HELLO,

I am planning on making the now almost cliche S-5 kits!

Which company do you think would be the best bet, "tubeaudio.com" or Antique Electric Supply?

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Old 18th June 2008, 05:53 PM   #9
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Hi, Either source is fine. I personally like dealing with AES. Not always the lowest price, but extremely responsive to my needs. Good luck with your build. There are several mods possible for this amp.

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For a beginner, a point-to-point kit will generally teach you a lot more, while a board will be a quicker build, but you won't really learn anything about layout, grounding, etc.
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