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Old 23rd June 2004, 12:25 PM   #1
Gubby is offline Gubby  Belgium
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Lightbulb S5 Electronics 139 $ tube amp

Hi,

I plan to purchase this amazing 139 $ tube amp kit

http://www.s5electronics.com/gpage1.html

Do you have any idea what are the specs of its power transformer ? I'm living in Belgium (Europe) and here we use 220 VAC-50 Hz so I could not use the stock transformer...

Do you have any experience with this amp ? (for info I already red all the topics in the archive concerning this amp)

Thanks
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Old 23rd June 2004, 03:48 PM   #2
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Originally posted by Gubby
Hi,

I plan to purchase this amazing 139 $ tube amp kit

http://www.s5electronics.com/gpage1.html

Do you have any idea what are the specs of its power transformer ? I'm living in Belgium (Europe) and here we use 220 VAC-50 Hz so I could not use the stock transformer...

Do you have any experience with this amp ? (for info I already red all the topics in the archive concerning this amp)

Thanks

This kit has been discussed in:

Is this a good tube DIY kit to get?

Good Inexpensive Starter Amp Kit

There is a lot of good info in there, so check them out.

Cheers,
GM.
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Old 19th November 2004, 07:47 AM   #3
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so anybody figured how to use this amp with 220V AC?
the links have no info on that...
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Old 19th November 2004, 05:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the links to the other threads.

I built this amp - I think it sounds horrible, even when compared to cheap consumer all-in-one systems that can be bought at Best Buy or Circuit City.

It sounds very metallic, tinny, very much like some of the 60's guitar amps. No smoothness whatsover.

I encourage people to listen to mine (I loan it to my friends) - that way, they can experience that tubes can sound very, very bad, removing the "magic" that some people assume all tubes sound good.
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Old 19th November 2004, 05:28 PM   #5
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As an additional comment: I attribute the very poor sound to the very high levels of feedback, pentode operation, and the poor quality of the OPTs.
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