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Old 4th May 2009, 07:26 PM   #1
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Default Tube Amp / Pre-amp kit?

I'm kind of new to Tubes. Really interested, just kind of new. Does anyone know a website or a place I can buy a tube amp / pre-amp kit for a fair amount? Preferably something cheap. I just want to try to understand how they work with a hands-on approach.
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Old 4th May 2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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scope out tubelab.com, George is is in Ft. Lauderdale, almost local.
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Old 15th May 2009, 06:53 PM   #3
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Default S-5 kit

The S-5 kit k-16ls is the cheapest and easiest kit around. It comes with everything needed to assemble a working tube amp with a tone control/preamp option that is recommended. Tons of mods on this site and lots of levels in the learning curve from novice to expert. Spare and replacement parts are also cheap if by chance you drop a tube, or reverse pol a cap ;( . Mine is playing blue grass music through a set of old PhazeTech 10" towers. It sounded so good I built another as a gift for my brother.
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Old 15th May 2009, 11:07 PM   #4
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The S-5 kit k-16ls is the cheapest and easiest kit around. It comes with everything needed to assemble a working tube amp with a tone control/preamp option that is recommended. Tons of mods on this site and lots of levels in the learning curve from novice to expert. Spare and replacement parts are also cheap if by chance you drop a tube, or reverse pol a cap ;( . Mine is playing blue grass music through a set of old PhazeTech 10" towers. It sounded so good I built another as a gift for my brother.

Thanks. Any link for this kit? I'm interested.
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Old 16th May 2009, 12:02 AM   #5
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I think I might build the new Decware monokit ZKIT2
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Old 16th May 2009, 03:35 AM   #6
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for beginners, can I know which kit offers tube amp build up with the explaination of the parts / values selection. I read the AX84 or the aiken project with good detail explaintation but that was used for guitar amp.

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Old 16th May 2009, 04:56 PM   #7
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Hi,

If you haven't seen it already check out the bottlehead site http://www.bottlehead.com. They've got a lot of kits and a helpful group on the forum.

I got started in this hobby by repairing a Heathkit amp - the manual had an incredible amount of troubleshooting help as well as information about the amp itself. I wish they were still around.

Charlie
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Old 16th May 2009, 07:09 PM   #8
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Default s-5 K-16LS Push Pull tube amp kit

There are better kits than the K-16LS but we don't all have a couple grand to spend on a "starter kit" and more power to those who do. It seems to be the most flexible and most written about kit next to the Dynaclone ST-70. This kit can be up and running one evening if you have had any circuit board experience. It comes with US made GE tubes and is a push/pull design. I recommend some high efficiency speakers (4ohm 91db or better). Check out S-5 here- http://www.s5electronics.com/thome.html

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