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jarthel 20th September 2006 11:50 PM

why is it that most tube projects uses copper sheetmetal?
 
well I'm not sure if this is true for all cases most projects I've come across uses copper plates. Is there a technical reason for this?

thank you. :)

poobah 21st September 2006 12:00 AM

Technically, it's cool looking.

tubelab.com 21st September 2006 12:20 AM

I have seen several old amplifiers that appear to have a copper chassis, but it turned out to be copper plated steel. Easy to find with a magnet.

In theory copper has a higher electrical conductivity than steel or aluminum, it can be soldered, and does not conduct magnetic fields. Are these advantages worth the substantial extra cost? That is up to the designer.

And, yes it looks cool.

jaymanaa 21st September 2006 12:29 AM

It's also easy to drill, cut, and bend. Polishing out scratches is also easy. However, Morgan Jones warns about using Cu and Al together in "Building Valve Amplifiers". If the two touch, it can cause corrosion (electrolisys, I beleive?)

poobah 21st September 2006 12:29 AM

I 'spose one thing to consider is the need for some type of clear coating to keep it from turning brown and then green. Clear coatings yellow with heat as well.

phn 21st September 2006 12:40 AM

I hear C37-treated brass has the most natural tone.

:rofl:

poobah 21st September 2006 12:41 AM

NO!!!!

Gold is best!

:D

jarthel 21st September 2006 12:43 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by poobah
I 'spose one thing to consider is the need for some type of clear coating to keep it from turning brown and then green. Clear coatings yellow with heat as well.

RS sells a clear lacquer that doesn't yellow (at least that's what the website says :))

sorenj07 21st September 2006 12:44 AM

solid molybdenum is best, great workability and a real deep sound :) dont forget the low price

rdf 21st September 2006 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by jaymanaa
It's also easy to drill, cut, and bend.
In my experience copper is one of the nastiest materials to drill and certainly the worst to tap. It's too soft. Looks great though.


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