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Old 25th June 2011, 11:54 AM   #1
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Hello,

Could anyone help me in telling me where i could buy mains and output transformers in the UK? i know of sowter and airlink, but sowter seem very expensive, and im not too interested in toroidals. but is there anywhere that sells hammond transformers or anything like that without having to pay excessive amounts for shipping?
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Old 25th June 2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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Old 25th June 2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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Old 25th June 2011, 01:05 PM   #4
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Bluebell audio is what I use - there are some nice transformers in the Hammond range, including interstages like 126C and plate chokes like 156C which are good with two in series for tubes like 26. Good chap to deal with.

Sowter are too expensive, so are Audio Note. For those prices I'd go straight to O-netics in Seattle. VVT are a bit underwhelming - 10 Henries primary inductance for a SE OPT. Danbury make some useful transformers - their old 6.6K PP OPT as stocked by Maplin was excellent sounding, and their 10H, 100mA choke is handy - the one Maplins used to do.

Antrim transformers have been taken over by Trans-Tronic. They do toroidal transformers including PP OPTs, which somewhere in the depths of time were designed by Menno van der Veen. No idea of prices - Antrim were expensive.

Toroids - Valve amplifier transformers, PSU, Power supply units, Output, Push pull

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Old 25th June 2011, 01:09 PM   #5
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Forgot Majestic - they've made some really nice transformers in the past. But looks like special order these days, so again probably expensive.

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Ah yes, the old Maplin kit - back in the days when you could walk into a high street shop and buy EL34s, valve bases and output transformers. Coincidentally I was in a Maplin just this morning and it's all cheapo consumer electronics. How times change!
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Airlink Transformers,

I Just thought I would give the shipping for interest!
Transformer Manufacturer UK - Airlink Transformers - Home Page

Just bought some from there for my OTL some pictures on the thread. <<<shipping was 10.00 for the two! 6Kg package.

Majestic seem popular

Danbury shipping was very expensive I thought.


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Ah yes, the old Maplin kit - back in the days when you could walk into a high street shop and buy EL34s, valve bases and output transformers. Coincidentally I was in a Maplin just this morning and it's all cheapo consumer electronics. How times change!
I agree,

Another place gone down the pan!
You even struggle to get their 2watt resistors with higher voltage rating!

Things are down to mail order now!

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Old 25th June 2011, 03:04 PM   #9
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thank you very much! il get looking on those right away!
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Majestic are good but if you just want cheap and cheerful try VVT.

'Vvt Ltd' design and make Wound Components including Transformers, Chokes and special Coil Winding.
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