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Old 25th February 2002, 01:59 AM   #1
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Default Transmitting Triode Amps

I am looking to build a transmitting-triode based amp. Single Ended operation, >20 W power, and (relative!) afforadability is what I am looking for. I just love those large, brightly glowing devices!

I in the process of downselecting a schematic - I am currently considering a 300b transformer coupled to a 845 output valve type circuit. Only problem is that I have never actually heard such an amp. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone who has built such an amp, and any suggestions.
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Old 25th February 2002, 02:32 PM   #2
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The two usual choices are 845 or 211.

As a first project I would be very wary because they use very high voltages >800v.

Having said that the 211 & 845 amps I have heard have been very good, like a 300b on steroids, with all of the great mids plus bass control.

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Old 25th February 2002, 06:27 PM   #3
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The two usual choices are 845 or 211
All the commercial 211 & 845 amps i have (a sample set of 3) sound quite good. That said i am a rookie at tube amp building and when a box (actually 5 boxes) of tubes came my way, i sold off the pr of 845s & 211s because the voltages needed to make these things sing are scary.

Until i have a lot more experience i have set a 500V limit and most of the amps in my queue are under 300V... my path to more acoustic power is more amps (my full-range bi-polar 2-ways can accomodate 3 amps [plus the SS sub amp of course]) and more efficient speakers ...

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Old 25th February 2002, 06:45 PM   #4
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The voltages are the reason why my first project is going to be a stereo 300b. Something like a JELabs I imagine
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Old 25th February 2002, 07:44 PM   #5
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The two usual choices are 845 or 211.





As a first project I would be very wary because they use very high voltages >800v.





Having said that the 211 & 845 amps I have heard have been very good, like a 300b on steroids, with all of the great mids plus bass control.



For a 1st try i would go with a 211 as it has a of 10 and is not so hard to drive as an 845. Both 211 and 845 have wonderful sonics and i could not easily decide for one of them. To my ears, the 211 seems a tiny bit more neutral and the 845 has a tinybit more magic although from plate characteristics would expect the inverse; the 845 is one of the most linear triodes ever made. But for1000V at the plate it wants to see 300 V p2p of swing and this swing has to mean business

(For the record, the 211 and 845 i heard were running in different amps.)



Anyway, transformer coupling is a very good idea for both tubes.



High voltages: a problem to find PS (and coupling) caps. Else, not a big problem if you are permanently aware that 1000 Volts can jump quite a distance in free air already, so don't carelessly approach the plate voltage with an uninsulated piece of metal. The surge catches you earlier than you think.



I hope Vinylsavor is lurking and throwing in his 2 cents, he built a 211-driven 211 (gorgeous!!) and can add practical advice.



I could not yet be convinced to enter such a project; the output transformer's primary has to be sooo big and eats up all the bandwidth ... probably a mental barrier only. Pondering on a different path:

A SET amp using the ED8000, a small noval miniature tube having R_p of 250Ohms and being happy with a 600 Ohms primary.
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Old 26th February 2002, 10:37 AM   #6
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as Bernhard mentioned, I have some experience with the
211/845. Currently I use a 211 as output tube, driven by
another 211. My amp is configurable for 845 or 211 in
the output socket.

I learned, that these big triodes are very dependant on the
quality of the driver stage. Your decision to go for a DHT there
is good. I personally would not use the 300B. If you use
a thoriated tungsten output, use a similar driver tube.
If you don't want to go to the extreme of using a 211, go
for the 801A. There is something special about that thoriated
tungsten sound.

The 801A has more gain than the 300B. If you have a preamp
which can drive a transformer input, you can stick with just two
stages and a 1:4 step up transformer at the amps input.

With a DHT as driver you need to use DC heating, otherwise
hum can become a big problem. These thoriated tungsten
triodes change their sound significantly with different kinds
of filament supplies. Don't use voltage regs. Either use a
passively choke filtered supply, or a constant current source.

Have fun with your project!

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Old 21st May 2002, 01:41 AM   #7
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Default High Voltahge Transformer Issues

So, it my choice is now betwen a 211 or an 845 based amp. The plate voltage on some designs I ran across is up to 1 KV - aside from the obvious personal safety issues, the problem of transformer breakdown comes up. Does anyone have any experience with this, and any guidelines/suggestions for suitable output transformers?
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Old 21st May 2002, 03:27 AM   #8
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How about a pair of 810s? Have a pair, never used in my junk box.

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Old 21st May 2002, 04:28 PM   #9
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Jocko,

the 810 is a transmitting triode meant to be used with positive grid bias, means heaps of grid current. It is meant to be used for class B, prefereably for class C operation. not a beginners project to build a well-sounding audio amplifier from it.

If you want, i can mail you the datasheet, maybe it's easier then to sell them.
The sheet doe not even show curves below bias -20V. There, the curves are cuddling together, promising a very nonlinear operation. The tube should generate considerable k3
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Old 21st May 2002, 05:18 PM   #10
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Lots of AM stations used those as modulators, as well as transmitters.

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