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Old 6th February 2011, 06:55 AM   #11
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Can you say Organ Amplifier??? Search on our fave auction site. You can easily get something with the tubes and chassis and iron for well under $250 no problemo.
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Old 6th February 2011, 08:48 AM   #12
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I built my 6LU8 Spud for around that amount. It's not a kit, but it's fairly easy to build with point-to-point wiring (I did that for the prototype).

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Old 6th February 2011, 09:43 AM   #13
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Recommend Bottlehead, as the manual is excellent and the quality of design is quite good. Good forum support as well. Heard some good things about the Elekit. Built the Decware Zen as well, and that was good also. But depends what you want to achieve and budget.
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Old 6th February 2011, 07:46 PM   #14
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Can you say Organ Amplifier??? Search on our fave auction site. You can easily get something with the tubes and chassis and iron for well under $250 no problemo.
It can be tricky finding a unit with two identical output transformers, and buying two on 'bay and paying shipping would get up in price quickly. It's a rare seller (IME) who can pack a heavy amp and tubes and get it to you without breakage.
Keeping your eyes peeled for local giveaway (C-List or similar) electric tube organs can be a solution, if you have a truck or trailer and some strong friends, and a good local dump/recycling place for the leftovers.

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Old 7th February 2011, 07:29 PM   #15
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Thanks again for all the replies. Now, I have a lot more to read and few other options to chose from. One thing is sure, I am staying with kit or at least printed PCB since working on point-to-point is beyond my knowledge.
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Old 12th February 2011, 02:02 AM   #16
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I have built the K-502 kit offered by Antique Electronic Supply and am now putting the final touches on a K-16LS from S5 Electronics. I have about $300.00 into the K-502. I upgraded some of the capacitors and used a Hammond aluminum chassis enclosed with a oak cabinet. It sounds great!(pictures on Audiokarma website in the DIY gallery under my riverrat373 moniker) The K-16LS has cost me about $450.00 so far because I did many upgrades including etched front and rear panels done by Front Panel Express. I plan to post pictures of the K-16LS here and on the Audiokarma forum when finished.

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Old 12th February 2011, 02:37 AM   #17
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For photos of my K-502 go here..K-502 amp - Audiokarma.org Photo Gallery Click on the photos for a larger view.
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Old 12th February 2011, 12:51 PM   #18
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I'm the chap who organized the under $200 amp competition. Take a look at
6V6 Entries for some ideas.

The winner's cost was just under $150. By the way, all entries had to be housed in something that came from Ikea.

All the entries were single ended. Push-pull was just too hard to do for under $200.

This year we are having a line stage for under $100, tubes from Russia and mounted in something from Target. Line Stage Competition

We try to have fun.

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Old 12th February 2011, 02:09 PM   #19
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Wow those are some good designs. I can probably utilize some of the toys and containers that my kids have and never play with. That would save me a bundle as the cases are usually very expensive.
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Old 13th February 2011, 08:10 AM   #20
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There's a nice one in the swap meet section.

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