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Old 5th October 2003, 07:09 PM   #1
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Been working on SS gear for many years, but I would like to venture into the world of tubes. I honestly don't know much about tubes, and the few book which have been recommended to me seem to spend a lot of time on electronic basics (such as how a transformer or a capacitor works). Maybe these are good books, but if half the book is spent on 'teaching' me what a cap does, then there is that much less to go into the workings of the amps.

So...is there by chance a good book available that is suitable for someone who doesn't need at start from ground zero regarding general electronics, yet barely knows what a triode is?
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There are lots of good online resources, but the 3 books i keep reading over & over are:

Morgan Jones' Valve Amplifiers (a new edition has just shipped -- Morgan says it is twice as thick as my 1st Edition)

Allen Wright's Pre-Amp Cookbook

Bruce Rosenblitz's entry level book (his Audio Reality i also found to be a good read)

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Old 5th October 2003, 10:54 PM   #4
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A free, well written and excellent primer on the most common type of configuration for tubes in audio amps.

Read and understand this before you spend a single dollar on a book (except perhaps the Jones one Dave mentions above). The author, John Broskie, really knows his stuff.

If you're desperate for something tactile, ie hardcopy, there's a pdf you can download and print.

http://www.tubecad.com/articles_2003...ier/index.html
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Morgan Jones' Valve Amplifiers ..I have 2nd Edition..it is one of the most useful books I have on valve amp building...

Bruce Rosenblitz's second book I don't care for...I think the first book would have been nicer for me.

Cheers,
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All in all the web is great for learning...cause it is interactive but can be passive as well..If you like...

Try to mail Craig Ryder over at the AA...he is something of a librarian when it comes to online links to learning tube/valve stuff.
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Old 6th October 2003, 11:26 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard!

As one that also spend years on SS gear I can see where you are coming from. Years ago I considered tubes as a long lost art that should have been banished. Please forgive me Frank as I knew not what I was doing. Get ready to re learn all the formulas that you probably haven't used in years.

The Morgan book is good. But probably the best learning process is to read Everything that Frank,Brett,Sy,Bas,Planet, and numerous others have to say.

As you will find out...tubes have a very pleasing sound and once you get past the fact that the distortion is somewhat higher you will accept them with open arms.

They do get hot unlike the SS gear.


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Hi Joe,

My name does not belong in that list. But I do know how to link to people that do!

Anyway you are right about the learning process...reading the tube forums....is a brilliant way of learning plus you actually make friends (and enemies) sometimes......you can really ask anything, like what is a good starter project, where to get parts, and why you need a grid leak resistor...

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Anyway you are right about the learning process...reading the tube forums....is a brilliant way of learning plus you actually make friends (and enemies) sometimes......you can really ask anything, like what is a good starter project, where to get parts, and why you need a grid leak resistor...

Cheers,
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Hi Joe,
Bas is correct , there are a lot of helpful people out there and you may even bump into our old friend Joel at some point

http://db.audioasylum.com/cgi/m.pl?f...ts&r=&session=



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Bas is correct , there are a lot of helpful people out there and you may even bump into our old friend Joel at some point
Naughty 316/A,

Boy, that young man should really come back here...

They're going to lynch him at AA, I somehow feel sorry for him...really.

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Hi Folks,

Thanks for the resources.

Here are a couple that I have found quite useful:

http://www.audioxpress.com/resource/...lass/index.htm

These are reprints of classic articles on tube amp design.

http://www.tpub.com/content/neets/

A very nice (Navy!) introduction to electronics in general and (in Module 6) tubes in particular.

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