The most complete and practical modern reference on audiophile vacuum tube technology! Destined to become a true classic in its field, this unique DIY design & construction manual presents the theory and practice of amplifier design & construction in a balanced way.
For those who dislike formulas and want proven, practical, ready-to-build designs, dozens of such commercial, tried & tested circuits are explained and analyzed. Just get your soldering iron ready and start building! Absolute beginners will benefit from the methodological approach, starting with DC circuits, then moving into AC voltages and currents and their circuits. The first few chapters of Volume 1 are a complete training course in fundamentals of electronics.
Although the focus is on audiophile or "hi-fi" vacuum tube amplifiers, those interested in tube guitar amps will also benefit from the wealth of material presented, most of which directly applies to tube guitar amps as well. Apart from various audio circuits, electronic components, power supplies and tests & measurements are also covered in depth. Even tube testing and tube testers are discussed at great length, as is troubleshooting, repairing and modifying (upgrading) tube gear. The advanced topics that other books don't even mention, such as audio transformer design, construction and testing, make this reference manual a valuable addition to your technical library.
For those familiar with solid state devices, such as bipolar transistors and FETs, an easy and seamless transition into tube technology is provided in the book, which adopts a unifying approach to amplification and rectification devices, be they of solid state or vacuum tube kind.
This practical DIY manual is richly and professionally illustrated with photographs of tubes, components and amplifiers, circuit diagrams, tube pinouts, curves and loadlines, graphs and charts. Hundreds of such valuable illustrations make it easy to comprehend issues. There is no need to search for, download and print such information, saving you valuable time. All the information required to design and build tube amplifiers is compiled in one place.
Contents of Volume 2:
•WHY THE NEED FOR VOLUME 3, AND HOW IT DIFFERS FROM THE FIRST TWO
•THE FRONT-END: SUPERIOR INPUT & DRIVER STAGES
•FROM SHOCKING TO SUBLIME: LESSONS FROM COMMERCIAL LINE STAGES
•DIY LINE-LEVEL PREAMPLIFIERS: $10,000 SOUND ON $500-$1,000 BUDGET
•THE STARS OF THE AUDION ERA: ANCIENT TUBES IN MODERN AMPS
•CHEAP & CHEERFUL: PREAMP & DRIVER TUBES FOR AUDIO EXPLORERS
•SLEEPING GIANTS: OUTPUT TUBES FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO BE DIFFERENT
•THE QUEEN OF HEARTS: SINGLE-ENDED AMPLIFIERS WITH 300B TRIODES
•TRIODES, PENTODES AND BEAM TUBES: MORE SINGLE-ENDED DESIGNS
•BIG BOTTLES: SET AMPLIFIERS WITH HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMITTING TUBES
•THE WAY IT USED TO BE: VINTAGE PUSH-PULL AMPLIFIERS
•NEW? IMPROVED? MODERN PUSH-PULL AMPLIFIER DESIGNS
•CUTE, CLEVER OR CONTROVERSIAL? INTERESTING IDEAS FROM TUBE AUDIO'S PAST AND PRESENT
•THRIFTY TIPS & TRICKS: TIME & MONEY SAVING IDEAS
•OUTPUT AND INTERSTAGE TRANSFORMERS: FROM COMMERCIAL BENCHMARKS TO YOUR OWN DESIGNS
•MEASUREMENTS VERSUS LISTENING AND OTHER AUDIO DESIGN DILEMMAS