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Old 23rd May 2008, 12:52 PM   #1
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Default Anyone built a tube-based (6BE6 or 6HS8) volume control?

I'm building a preamp... had originally planned to build the Marantz 7 circuit (simplified, no tone controls or loudness/rumble filter etc)... but after thinking and looking around, I'm thinking of making a change in the line stage (leaving the Marantz phono stage as original, though).

Has anyone here built one of THESE (tube-based volume control)?

http://home.netcom.com/~wa2ise/radios/6be6vol.html

My main question is- how quiet is it? Pentode partition noise? Hiss?

Also, how linear does it seem to be, passing sound at different volume levels?

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Old 24th May 2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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Hello Gordon,
you started an interesting thread.
At the moment I am making a tube based volume control, too.

I think noise is not the problem here, because the input level at
grid 1 is high and the anode load resistor fairly low to get no gain.
The main problem I see is only 50db attenuation. This is not enough.

In my project I need a phase inverter triode that has ideally unity gain.
I didn't find one, thus I am going to use the 6080 as an phase inverter.
I hope it makes no hum from the filament ...

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I was looking at that... which got me thinking of using two 6BE6s per channel, for a total of 100dB attenuation. I'd think that would do it. This would also put the signal back in-phase...

After considering it further, my question, now, really is, what is the output gain at full-output from these? IOW, can I use two of these cascaded, to form a preamp line gain stage? Or, would I have to get additional gain somewhere else? If I have to add more tubes for more gain, it becomes far less attractive...

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Old 28th May 2008, 01:39 PM   #4
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Hi Gordon,

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I was looking at that... which got me thinking of using two 6BE6s per channel, for a total of 100dB attenuation. I'd think that would do it. This would also put the signal back in-phase...
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After considering it further, my question, now, really is, what is the output gain at full-output from these? IOW, can I use two of these cascaded, to form a preamp line gain stage? Or, would I have to get additional gain somewhere else? If I have to add more tubes for more gain, it becomes far less attractive...

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you can increase the gain be increasing the 22KΩ resistor
at the anode.

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Anyone got a handle on how to calculate gain for a 6BE6 wired this way? I've been looking around, but I can't quite find the procedure... I can find data on the tube used as a converter or oscillator, but obviously, not wired like this...

If I just knew how to get the transconductance and effective plate resistance in THIS mode, I could take care of the rest, I think...

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hey,

here is the circuit my used with a pair of chinese 6J2. 6AU6 be able to instead without modify.
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hey,

here is the circuit my used with a pair of chinese 6J2. 6AU6 be able to instead without modify.
Hello, thanks for your schematic.
I have two questions.
Can you hear the steps when adjusting the volume?
Why didn't you use a regulating pentode like e.g. EF83 6K7 6DA6 ... ?
I can't find any tube data for the 6J2.

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Hi

Old thread but wondered if anyone tried foboleyns design above?

Looks interesting........another project maybe!
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