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Old 14th January 2004, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Decent Valve Amp Kit?

I'm a newbie here and looking to build a decent valve amp. Have looked into the following:

Velleman K4040 ( not very good comments here)
Ella
KaT6550 from World Audio

My thoughts are to ressurect my Carver C-1 preamp and run my Klipschorns in a newly designed basement.

Am familiar with kit building -- Devry graduate and am restoring my fathers old Heatkit W5M now to drive a Jensen Imperial sepaker for the "old school" look in the basement.

Your thoughts / comments are greatly appreciated.

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Old 14th January 2004, 09:49 PM   #2
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The WAD kits are very capable. You should have no trouble at all.
The KaT6550 sounds quite reasonable and outputs a lot of power.

Are your Klipschorns quite efficient? If so I would go for a lower power but higher quality design, possibly running in triode mode.
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Old 15th January 2004, 12:19 AM   #3
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Hi,

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Are your Klipschorns quite efficient?
Dunno, last time I checked any speaker by Paul Klipsch is between 92dB/W and over 100 dBW...

The Klipschorns veering towards the most efficient...So efficient in fact that they could break 10 liter glass bottles in my dad's cellar while the speakers were sitting in the loft...

All that in a concrete and brick house, two stories high and 50m wide...

That's efficient in my book even though my dad wasn't too happy about it at the time....

Didn't take more than a Watt or two...

P.S. My KHs usec a 38 cm boomer, not a 17 cm one...
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Old 16th January 2004, 04:39 PM   #4
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If you are indeed looking for an amp to use with horn speakers, why would you want a high-powered PP amp?

I don't have horn speakers, but the 3W or so I get from my 2A3 SE amp is more than enough. So if I were you, I would look for an SE 2A3 or 300B amp.

And why the kit? You could easily just buy the parts and make your own.

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Old 16th January 2004, 04:49 PM   #5
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Hi Brab,

Seeing that you live in the states....you might also consider kits from

http://www.bottlehead.com paramour/paraglow etc.

http://www.welbornelabs.com in particular the drd set amps...choice of 45, 2a3 or 300b

http://www.diycable.com specifically the LadyDay+ seeing that you have horns.

Good luck.
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Old 26th January 2004, 03:08 PM   #6
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Default k-12m works great

just built a k-12m kit. cheap, simple, and founds great.
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Old 26th January 2004, 08:10 PM   #7
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Hi
sorry to jump in on your thread,
re: WAD KAT6550
would that drive 86Db dynaudio's ?
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Old 3rd February 2004, 05:05 PM   #8
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Default Joplin

Well, thanks to everyones input. Just pulled the trigger on a Joplin kit with Sovtek's. Wish me luck!!
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Old 5th February 2004, 01:37 PM   #9
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Good luck!
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Old 20th May 2005, 08:42 AM   #10
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Brap (or anyone else) how good did your Joplin turn out?

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