Tube Phono Preamp PCB Ebay? are these any good - diyAudio
Go Back   Home > Forums > Amplifiers > Tubes / Valves

Tubes / Valves All about our sweet vacuum tubes :) Threads about Musical Instrument Amps of all kinds should be in the Instruments & Amps forum

Please consider donating to help us continue to serve you.

Ads on/off / Custom Title / More PMs / More album space / Advanced printing & mass image saving
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th June 2009, 06:20 PM   #1
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Default Tube Phono Preamp PCB Ebay? are these any good

Hello,
I just got a second turntable all up and running and my adcom preamp does not have a second phono input on it. I would like to play with building a tube phono pre. Are the PCB's avalible on ebay any good?
I take it a power supply needs to be build for these. Are there any good kits/ schmetics for these?
Are there any good Budget phono pre kits/PCB for?

Here are a few ebay links i have found.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Tube-Phono-ampli...DLVI%26ps%3D54

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...%3DI%26otn%3D2

http://cgi.ebay.com/AUDIO-MC-MM-PHON...kparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1234|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A 1|294%3A50

Thanks for your input.

FortyTwo

MY stereo so far:
DIY Turntable
Oracle Alexandra Turntable
AdCom 565 preamp
EICO HF-30 amps (need a cap kit and new power cords)
Infinity RSa speakers
  Reply With Quote
Old 28th June 2009, 08:16 PM   #2
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Monroe Township, NJ
Flea Pay is more dangerous than Dodge City, KS was, before Wyatt Earp rode into town. That 1st PCB you linked uses 12AU7s, which screams GUANO.

For kits that offer relatively good value and proven performance look at the PCB based Hagerman Cornet and the point to point wired Bottlehead Seduction.

If a scratch build is not too daunting, look here for a variation on RCA's "classic" design. This option might be lowest in cost, but "skull sweat" is required. If you go this route, I'll try to help. I suspect Jeff Yourison will help too.
__________________
Eli D.
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th June 2009, 03:45 AM   #3
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Thanks,
I have looked at the cornet and the seduction. The problem i have with the cornet is that for 400 dollars it gets you a schematic, design and drawings.
I think point to point is probably better but more difficult to execute properly. I like the idea of the seduction, it is simple and elegant. I would like to try to scratch build. I do have some sockets and a small tube collection. I know i have a 12ax7 for sure.
The reason i have not build a scratch built is lack of a known good schematic and parts list. I am going to go and look at the rca link now.
FortyTwo
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th June 2009, 05:53 AM   #4
diyAudio Member
 
sorenj07's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
I built the one RJM posted on his website, and it sounds great.

http://phonoclone.com/diy_pho3.html

vacuum rectification, 2 chokes, lots of film caps.

Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size. Click the image to open in full size.
  Reply With Quote
Old 30th June 2009, 06:44 AM   #5
diyAudio Member
 
dsavitsk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Hartford
Quote:
Originally posted by fortytwo
The problem i have with the cornet is that for 400 dollars it gets you a schematic, design and drawings.
The cornet PCB is $119. The schematic is free. Jim says that all the parts will run about $400.

You can build mine for ~$200, and it seems to work pretty well. http://www.ecp.cc/phono.html
  Reply With Quote
Old 1st July 2009, 06:39 AM   #6
rman is offline rman  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
rman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Hi.

FWIW I built that rjm phono as well and am happy with it. It is only my third (and last so far) project. If I can do it anyone can. Mine does hum a bit however so read up on best practices for buss grounding and plan it carefully.

Cheers.
  Reply With Quote
Old 3rd July 2009, 05:04 AM   #7
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
The RJM looks kinda up my alley. 2 tubes (plus one for the ps). faily simple design but easily upgradeable with changing out the componets. I also like that i have all values needed to vuild the curcit.

A few qestions.
Would building the powersupply in a seperate sheilded box help reduce hum?

I noticed that you have 2 sets of inputs on yours. IS there any special wiring involved or a special switch? I was reading about my adcom preamp and it was bragging about not leaving open contacts to reduce noise.

Componet brands. What is good better best? Where is it most important to have best. Caps , resisters, rca jacks and grounding posts. I like to order from mouser so i will most likely put a project togather and share it. I have some non new old stock caps etc. would it be ok to use these in the ps.
Thanks or your help
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th July 2009, 12:20 AM   #8
rman is offline rman  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
rman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Quote:
Would building the powersupply in a seperate sheilded box help reduce hum?
Mine has a separate supply and it does hum a bit more than I would like.

I have included a picture of the underside of my board which shows the ground buss. Call it a picture of what not to do. I connected the negative PS terminal to the centre of the u shaped buss with the intention of using one leg for each channel. When I wired it up it did not turn out that way. It seems to late to change it now. Anyone think this is where I went wrong?

Rolf.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg picture 001 (small).jpg (76.8 KB, 650 views)
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th July 2009, 04:52 AM   #9
ChrisA is offline ChrisA  United States
diyAudio Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Quote:
Originally posted by rman
Mine has a separate supply and it does hum a bit more than I would like.

I have included a picture of the underside of my board which shows the ground buss.

I think your problem is what they call "lead dress". Basically neatness does count.

Some techniques are to tightly twist the heater wires and route them very close to the chassis metal and well away from signal leads. Cross at close to 90 degrees. Minimize wire lenghts by using straight lines. Use sheilded wire when required, I don't see the point of the PCB. Why not use a turret board or something else that is more compact. being compact means less wire.

You could also go with regulated DC heaters.

Here is a random photo that shows some of this
http://www.silvatone.bravepages.com/...it%20Board.JPG

Notic in the above how the power supply and the input section are on oposite sides. Also see the input jack that is wired with coax directly to the tube's grid pin
  Reply With Quote
Old 6th July 2009, 07:00 AM   #10
rman is offline rman  Canada
diyAudio Member
 
rman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Hi Chris.

All very good points. maybe I will try a complete rebuild one day.
I suspected the heater wiring myself at first. Since I used an outboard supply, it was a simple matter to run the heaters with a lantern battery to see if a pure dc would solve it. No difference. So even though it looks a mess that part isn't it. I have also tried using shielded cable on one input to see if it would cure one channel but it did not so I left the other alone. Also added a ground breaker, no dice. Then I upped the raw supply voltage and added RJM'S mosfet "regulator". Now ripple is almost undetectable on my scope. So I guess it does come down to a neat, compact layout and keeping the sensitive low level signals away from the high current parts. Oh well, live and learn. Can't afford to rebuild it now and it sounds quite good despite it's flaws.

fourtytwo

Have you decided on a design yet?

Cheers.
  Reply With Quote

Reply


Hide this!Advertise here!
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Diy Tube Phono Preamp alexmoose Tubes / Valves 39 11th December 2011 09:43 PM
Good Phono preamp circuit? PeterMoreton Solid State 45 30th November 2011 12:49 PM
need a good low parts phono tube preamp schematic.... Rockmonton Tubes / Valves 48 23rd December 2010 03:16 PM
Ebay Tube Preamp Kit bcrescen Tubes / Valves 10 2nd February 2008 01:33 PM


New To Site? Need Help?

All times are GMT. The time now is 04:19 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2014 diyAudio

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2