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    Building, troubleshooting and testing of these amplifiers should only be
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Darling in Europe... (110 vs. 220)

Hi guys & girls,

Having dabbled in electronics in the past, I'm looking to revive this interest by assembling a Darling amp. I found the plans on Bob D's site, but noticed that the Hammond specified used 115V (US), but we, here in Belgium, use 220.
Am I correct in assuming that replacing the 269EX by a 396EX would solve this problem, or am I missing something?

Thanks for any feedback!


2008-03-16 6:31 am
Is the 50/60 Hz issue ever really a big problem? It seems to me that lot's and lot's of old tube based equipment has a voltage selector switch to allow it to be used anywhere in the world practically.

The difference in iron must be minimal anyway, so like Hammond seem to, why wouldn't most manufacturers design for 50/60Hz operation on everything?