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Old 7th March 2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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I'm going to build a Simple SE soon (if George has my order), and am planning components.

Aussies - where to you generally source transformers, the only supplier I have found (evatco) has Hammonds only (which I may go for yet anyway) - are there any others I should be looking for???

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Old 7th March 2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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I have not used any of these, but thisis what I have gathered over the past year or so:

Southern Electronic Services: (03) 9706 4202 http://www.southernelectronicservice...ansformers.htm I have read reports that these are a little 'better' than Lundahl, but I'd not put too much stock in that beyond thinking they are prob better than decent.

Russ (has bought the well regarded Lancroft designs) email address : lingo at optusnet dot com dot au. phone # 03 9580 4445

I still lament not having bought from Black Art Audio when they were up and running - amongst the 'best' available at any price.

I could also be tempted to purchase from OS, though exchange rates are the killer for us the moment.

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Old 7th March 2009, 02:02 PM   #3
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Give Patrick Turner a call:
http://www.turneraudio.com.au/
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Old 7th March 2009, 07:40 PM   #4
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x2. Pat Turner will definitely be able to sort you out. He's the most fastidious tranny winder I know of.
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Old 7th March 2009, 08:55 PM   #5
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Thanks guys - will follow these up.....
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Old 7th March 2009, 11:37 PM   #6
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I'm in New Zealand and I've tried a few different PP and SE transformers from the lower end of the price band (Transcendar, Hammond, recycled, etc).

The best transformers I've used to date were from Electraprint. My most recent purchase was a pair of 20w pp. The manufactur's claimed frequency response was (-1 dB) 10Hz to 26KHz but in an EL84 amp putting out about 12w I measured (-0.5 dB) 10Hz to 75KHz. The square wave output was stunningly good too.

Total cost for the Electraprints was $300USD including freight which I think is great value (I admit I purchased them before the exchange rate crapped out)...

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Old 7th March 2009, 11:46 PM   #7
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I'm going to build a Simple SE soon (if George has my order),
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Old 8th March 2009, 12:05 AM   #8
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Depending on what quality you are after, Edcor, even with freight and exchange rate are very good. The Hammonds you can get from the Australian distributor are grossly over-priced. There has been a bit of talk lately about the quality of the Hammond power transformers lately too (not good).

Edcor make a power transformer that is suitable for the Simple SE (same spec as the Hammond 374BX) Edcor XPWR059. I think it would be about $100 US shipped, about $100 AUD cheaper than the Hammond from the Ausy source listed above.

People have had good success with Edcor output transformers too. Plenty of Simple SE build on this forum listing results...

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Old 8th March 2009, 01:03 AM   #9
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I sent it out last Tuesday.
I'd better get cracking on sourcing some parts then!
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Old 8th March 2009, 08:01 AM   #10
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I still lament not having bought from Black Art Audio when they were up and running - amongst the 'best' available at any price.
Lucas is still in business and winding iron.

There will apparently be a new website up soonish, and I believe he is very busy with his 'day' work and a recent move in residence.
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