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Old 6th February 2015, 02:08 PM   #1
marktd is offline marktd  United States
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Hi folks,
I have been educating myself about how amplifiers work and electronics in general. I would like to learn enough to build an amp. I would really like to build an SE tube amp. However, I have an old pair of Acoustat electrostatic speakers and an LS 3/5a clone kit. Maybe some day I will tackle a kit for more efficient speakers.
My question is this - would it be possible to build a SE triode amp as a driver stage for some sort of solid state output stage and get the best of both worlds? Any direction would be appreciated. Thanks,
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Old 6th February 2015, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hybrid amps are not uncommon, although not quite in the configuration you mention. It wouldn't be uncommon to drive a SS power amp with a tube preamp.

Google Pete Millett hybrid.
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Old 6th February 2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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You often see valve pre-amplifiers to give a "valve sound" to a sand, sorry solid state amplifier.
Many on E-bay and Chinese sites.
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