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Old 31st March 2003, 09:58 AM   #1
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Question Tube Regulator

Iím building a pre-amp using 12AT7. In the regulator section (after rectifier) there will be 2 tubes, one of them is a 12AT7. Can I replace the 12AT7 with 12AX7?

12AT7 max. plate current = 15mA
12AT7 max. plate dissipation = 2.5W

12AX7 max. plate current = 6mA
12AX7 max. plate dissipation = 1.1W
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Old 31st March 2003, 10:37 AM   #2
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Hi,

Replacing one for the other isn't likely to work, you'll need to adjust some values.

What is the function of the 12AT7 and how much current do you need to regulate?

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Old 31st March 2003, 10:57 AM   #3
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my pre use 6bx7 to regulate the voltage ude to its high cirrent & low internal rersistance.
I use 12ax7 to control the voltage.

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Old 31st March 2003, 12:56 PM   #4
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HmmmmÖ.

<B>Fdegrove</B>, I think I will need to think hard to calculate the required current for the pre-amp The transformer is 300V-CT-300V. I think it works similarly with <B>siu sin man tho</B> pre-amp.

I just thought that 6mA maximum plate current wonít be a problem for a common pre-amp circuit. What if I just try the 12AX7 and see if no red light emitted from the 12AX7 and no degradation in the sound quality? I have plenty of 12AX7.

I plan to buy (for 1 channel) three Mullard CV4024 and 1 Chinese (or RCA) 12AT7 to experiment with types (before buying for 2 channels)

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Old 31st March 2003, 01:24 PM   #5
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hi jay,

pls be care for the 12ax7, try amperex. amperex had A LOWER INTERNAL RESISTANCE. More swing U will get.

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Old 2nd April 2003, 12:26 AM   #6
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Default IF ONLY...

Hi,

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Fdegrove, I think I will need to think hard to calculate the required current for the pre-amp The transformer is 300V-CT-300V. I think it works similarly with siu sin man tho pre-amp.
Well, if we had an idea about this regulators' composition it would be great help to you.
Short of that it's rather pointless.

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Old 2nd April 2003, 02:42 AM   #7
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Default Vacuum regulators

I have seen gaseous regulators such as 0C3

I have seen triodes used as regulators such as the 6080.

I think it is posible to design a good stable power supply for vacuum tube amplifiers. The use of choke input filters is a must.

Some folks are hung up on vacuum rectifiers. Vacuum rectifiers present poor regulation. My advice is to say goodbye to 5U4s etc. I have heard all sorts of arguments for vacuum regulation. With a properly designed filter, switching noise is not an issue.
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Default another thought on preamps

Pre-amplifiers typically use class-a amplification. The load does not change. Why do you need regulation?
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Old 2nd April 2003, 04:15 AM   #9
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Some folks are hung up on vacuum rectifiers. Vacuum rectifiers present poor regulation.
Not in class A PP or differential circuits.

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My advice is to say goodbye to 5U4s etc. I have heard all sorts of arguments for vacuum regulation. With a properly designed filter, switching noise is not an issue.
I don't agree. It's not hard to see it on a spec-an, and snubbers are only effective for a given load. As the duty cylcle changes with load (say class AB), so does the hash spectrum. PSU chokes don't do much at all to filter switching noise, not do most PSU caps.

There are better diodes than the 5U4 etc.
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Pre-amplifiers typically use class-a amplification. The load does not change. Why do you need regulation?
Single ended, the load changes with signal.
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