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Old 24th March 2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Default A Uk supplier of valve amp kits

Hi

Can anyone recommend a Uk supplier of valve amp kits?

I would in an ideal world like to build a stereo integrated valve amp 8-15 watts RMS.

Any assistance would be very helpful.

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Old 24th March 2009, 08:00 PM   #2
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Try here David
http://wduk.worldomain.net/products.htm

World Designs make some fine valve amp kits.

Their KEL84 sounds like its just what you need.
I've heard one of these and it is a superb amplifier.

They have an excellent forum too.

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Old 24th March 2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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Thanks Steve

Thats look like the kind of project I want to take on
Great Website.
I will have to start saving up.

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Old 24th March 2009, 11:34 PM   #4
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hi David,

i've begun building my first electronics project, a tube preamp. I found the simplest design I could after researching this site and then tried to find a transformer for the job. I ended up going to Bluebell audio and spoke to a guy called phil. Since then phil has spoken to me in length about my project, been very supportive and supplied the parts at a fraction of the price of a kit....
maybe this helps...

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ah, just saw your flag too, forgot to mention phil is also scottish... from dundee....
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Old 23rd May 2013, 08:07 AM   #6
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Any other recommendations for tube kits?

Im looking to power some Mark Audio Alpair 7.3's Fast, using MiniDSP 2x8 as the digital pre-amp and crossover.

Budget as yet unknown, no more than 500 super duper tops. Ideally PCB as I am a furniture maker I wish to make a pretty dovetailed chassis, and having everything in a neat package would be useful.

So Far Edison 60 at 500

from eBay;
This monoblock design @ 160

This Elekit @ 220

This one at 170



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Old 24th May 2013, 06:37 AM   #7
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howdy Studio AU,

I just finished my second valve piece of kit, I built a 12b4 pre amp, and I've just finished a ecl86 power amp. Both sound amazing to me! Neither were kits!

Wish I knew dovetails, I ended up buying an old 3 bottle wine box and modded it, varnished etc to house the power amp.

The circuits are so simple that you don't need kits, I would maybe just get a metal plate cutout by someone like Phil at bluebottle, he could also supply you with the transfomers and you would just have to join the dots after that, I can highly recommend the baby huey design found on this site,

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Old 24th May 2013, 07:59 AM   #8
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Hi Surfstu,

Is point to point soldering relatively easy, I can imagine getting lost in a world of spaghetti? Does it not double/triple the work vs a PCB.

Can you estimate the cost of yours? I've emailed Phil and am waiting to have a coversation with him on the phone.

There are lots of metal fabricators near me, I did fall in love with these from OMA

My only real other requirement from an aesthetic point of view is that the tubes are forward of the transformers. Im a sucker for symmetry. With point to point I can essentially put things where i want? Like this...

http://www.japantrendshop.com/pictur...879S-amp-1.jpg
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Old 24th May 2013, 08:51 AM   #9
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Any other recommendations for tube kits?

Im looking to power some Mark Audio Alpair 7.3's Fast, using MiniDSP 2x8 as the digital pre-amp and crossover.

Budget as yet unknown, no more than 500 super duper tops. Ideally PCB as I am a furniture maker I wish to make a pretty dovetailed chassis, and having everything in a neat package would be useful.

So Far Edison 60 at 500

from eBay;
This monoblock design @ 160

This Elekit @ 220

This one at 170

Thanks
Don't forget that buying from China or Canada will incur import duties and VAT @ 20%. The VAT is charged on everything including the shipping costs etc. You will also have to pay a fee to Royal Mail for collecting the VAT and duties which will be about 15.

Of the three I love the quirky looks of the third one.

Ian.
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Old 24th May 2013, 12:32 PM   #10
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I have been speaking to Phil at bluebell audio.

He seems to think kits are a little redundant with their being so few parts to most amps.

So new question is what type of amp. Kt88, 300B etc...?
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