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Need some help here,please - 3V only amp!

I am very skeptical. Was this schematic posted on April 1st?

This amp uses a Hammond 1650P "Heh Heh" What is a "Heh Heh"?

I just do not see how you are going to get any power out of a tube amp that is powered by 2 AA batteries.

Maybe I have something to learn

Duracell's AA battery model number is MN1500. Here is some technical data.


Looks like to me, you can get 3 volts (2 AA in series) at 3 watts (audio power) for aboutt 1 hour. Then you have to supply the heater, for 1S4 tube - .1 amp. That is off the scale.

Maybe the batteries shown just for simulation purposes. The designer expects you to use a more conventional power supply.

Let us know the results.

The primary of the filament transformer I would assume would be 120 volts. The output impedance on a 1650P is selectable to match what ever speaker you use. There appears to be a transistor in the filament circuit and this may have something to do with voltage gain for the filament transformer. This looks like a schematic from Steve Bench. You can catch a link from triode electronics to his site and check it out. He has a few battery powered amps and also explains their operation in detail. This isn't a dirt cheap project for someone not used to pricing this stuff. Your transformers alone will run you around 160.00 bucks. Cheap by tube standards but you won't build it for 50.00 bucks either. Good Luck.:D

P.S. Angela Instruments has good prices on the transformers. There is a link to them on the home page of this forumn.
RCA Recieving tube manual data/heater fil=1.4V .1 amperes/plate volts=45/grid bias=-4.5V/ screen volts=45/screen grid current=.8mA/plate current=3.8mA output watts=.065 That is class A SE. Very low power -power pentode is the 1S4. Maybe a SE earphone battery operated amp? Hook it up to a Walkman? Says 3V( input?) which about right for CD