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Old 21st December 2010, 03:09 PM   #11
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Or see the more cheapest solution:
HIFI Audio Tube Amplifier SE EL34B Amp DIY Kit Stereo on eBay (end time 23-Dec-10 02:08:47 GMT)

Only 151.62 GBP, point-to-point wiring kit, wide range of component parts upgrade.

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Old 21st December 2010, 03:10 PM   #12
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PS: But PSB-styled kits are the wrong way (IMHO), point-to-point wired designs seems to me as the better way to start into the DIY-tube amp magic. Just my five cents
Strange thing to say (IMHO). There is no right or wrong, just preferences and fads, when it comes to that particular choice. In fact, a PCB is very well suited to first-time builds. I wouldn't make a PCB first time though, that's a learning curve for a different weekend.

My highest recommendation would be tubelab.com for this situation due to the excellent documentation, availability of parts (including PCBs), and friendly, sage support. Having said that all others mentioned should be considered.

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Old 21st December 2010, 03:28 PM   #13
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone but is there anywhere in the UK doing kits?

I would actually prefer PCBs as long as I can buy them and I don't mind not buying a complete kit I would then just need some advice on tubes and transformers I think and actually ways of doing things!

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Or see the more cheapest solution:
HIFI Audio Tube Amplifier SE EL34B Amp DIY Kit Stereo on eBay (end time 23-Dec-10 02:08:47 GMT)

Only 151.62 GBP, point-to-point wiring kit, wide range of component parts upgrade.

Any recommendations from DiyAudio members?
Thanks for the find and although this is a very good price I'm only paying for some tubes and trafos, want some PCBage! The internal pics look disgusting!

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Old 21st December 2010, 03:31 PM   #14
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Strange thing to say (IMHO). There is no right or wrong, just preferences and fads, when it comes to that particular choice. In fact, a PCB is very well suited to first-time builds.
Ok, just my preference
The deeper you dig into tube amp building and tuning, the more repair techs you'll find that say that PCB amps are no good. Point-to-point wiring approaches "best" in electronic terms: lowest parasitic coupling and crosstalk if done well.

Point-to-point wiring means a deeper and deliberate involvement in process for me. IMHO, of course.
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Old 21st December 2010, 03:38 PM   #15
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Point-to-Point wiring is quite easy - although a PCB might be more convenient, don't let P2P put you off!

Build a Push-Pull EL84 amp. They sound incredible, have enough power to use normal speakers, and are simple and easy. The usual "problem" with them is that they are awfully hard to beat sonically!!

Find a design. Determine what iron you need. Buy said iron, along with all the bits&pieces that attach to the chassis. Input jacks, output jacks, power switch, sockets, transformers, power cord inlet, etc... Make your chassis and mount all that stuff.

The amp will then be 80% complete.

Wire the circuit in point to point and Bob's your uncle!
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Old 21st December 2010, 03:39 PM   #16
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone but is there anywhere in the UK doing kits?
Yes. See here: Glasshouse 300BSE Series description

But unfriendly expensive: Glasshouse 300BSE Series Price list
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Point-to-Point wiring is quite easy - although a PCB might be more convenient, don't let P2P put you off!

Build a Push-Pull EL84 amp. They sound incredible, have enough power to use normal speakers, and are simple and easy. The usual "problem" with them is that they are awfully hard to beat sonically!!

Find a design. Determine what iron you need. Buy said iron, along with all the bits&pieces that attach to the chassis. Input jacks, output jacks, power switch, sockets, transformers, power cord inlet, etc... Make your chassis and mount all that stuff.

The amp will then be 80% complete.

Wire the circuit in point to point and Bob's your uncle!
There was quite a few THIS one? I have no idea a good design to a bad one!
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Thanks but these are way too expensive!
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Old 21st December 2010, 03:47 PM   #19
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The internal pics look disgusting!
This is unimportant for sound quality! And internal design and aesthetics will depend only from your skills
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This is unimportant for sound quality! And internal design and aesthetics will depend only from your skills
Agreed and I look forward to showing it off after Christmas too! (if I make it!!!)
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