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I just thought Iíd let you all know Iíll be holding a class on building a stereo tube amp. Iíll be teaching at the Lonestar School of Music. The cost of the class is $290 and includes an amp kit that we will provide.
We'll be building S5 electronics' 12G amp http://www.s5electronics.com/tube12.html, it's an itegrated amp check it out.
Voltsecond has a mod page on it here:http://www.siteswithstyle.com/VoltSe...Push_Pull.html
Class begins May 22nd
Class will meet Tuesdays at 6:30
Class will be structured around building the amplifier, everyone who signs up will leave with a fully functioning stereo tube amp. All you need to do is hook up your ipod or CD player and youíre ready to bop.
Three sessions will be devoted to exploring
∑ what a vacuum tube is
∑ how to tweak your amp
∑ speaker design
∑ and/or digital sources
How to solder
Please check out http://www.lonestarschoolofmusic.com/lesson.html?id=16 , it fully describes the amp and you can register online. Please pass along to anyone you think might be interested.
Feel free to call me with any questions 512-627-7023
I live in Texas, but can't attend the class, but I would love to dip my toes into tubes and this kit looks like fun and easy to build too (and cheaper than a bottlehead). Is it a good low power amp in it's own right?
I'd actually like to build one of these with my kid this summer. She's at the age when she's starting to take an interest in this sort of thing, and she's using an old NAD integrated of mine now, but this would be far cooler. I especially like how a customer made this one.
Thanks for sharing and best of luck with the class. This is exactly what the public needs. You should team it with a program that builds a small Fostex driven monitor and the revolution would be all set!
One thing, the link to the tweak page does not work. Is that the correct URL?
This looks like a great class. Do you know of anything like this in other areas? I live in the mountains about 1/2 way between Chattanooga Tennessee and Atlanta Georgia. I would love to take a hands-on class like this but the commute to your class might be a wee bit too expensive with gas costing what it does these days. ;->
It's not my class, it's JohnL's.
There is nothing like it anywhere near me however, and I never even heard of such a thing before. I think it's a brilliant idea however. We all bemaon nobody cares about audio, what better way to get them involved! We should all host one at a local community college if we can.
I work at a community college. I think most cc's would welcome a class like this. Most cc's offer similar kinds of non-credit courses (at our school, they're called Continuing Education courses). They're designed with the local community in mind and are often taught by local community memembers (as opposed to the college faculty). If you're seriously thinking about offering a course like this, contact your local community college. You'll get double kharma points for speading stereo joy and supporting a community college.
the folks at Bottlehead, an AA sponsor, did a similar class last year in San Fran at a recording studio they also built a lot of the equpmt for. the participants got to build amps, with all the instruction, etc. needed, and listen to a lot of masters on the studio equipment. Check out their stuff also if you want to build something with your daughter- I've got 2 of my kids kits from them and they had a blast building them. Their generation was shocked that anything could produce sound that wasn't black and didn't come out of a box from Taiwan or Mexico! I'll bet Dan and Paul don't mind the "flattery"- they should be used to it by now.
probably lots of people do- search out some local hamfests, look on tube DIY or bottlehead forums. Get in the swing!
I guess thats the thing- working in an A/V industry, I just haven't had the time to actually search out any of this stuff... Thats too bad for me, as I'm really having a jones for a nice tube power amp to drive my dipoles...
"David! You can KILL a man with a chopstick!" -Keith Charles, Six Feet Under
This is great! Like others, I wish it were local for me as well.
I'd really like to learn to solder and understand more about circuits and the like. I'm not too technically savvy when it comes to this so having someone provide basic instruction would help.
I'd bet $$ to donuts you could learn how to solder just fine- go to radio shack and buy a cheap soldering iron ($8) and some cheap parts (few bucks) and some solder. wrap ends of some cheap parts together tightly, then hold hot iron tip to them til hot, then touch solder to the hot parts (not the iron). Let it flow a second into the wrap, then remove iron. You're done! Steepest part of the learning curve is over....
Good luck. I guess it won't drive a pair of LS3/5As, but who cares. If only i could commute (from Denmark). A son of mine get his Ph.D. at Texas and i have been there many times. What a great music town. And a thriving lacrosse program, too.
where the heck are the Texans that live near Austin. Dag! Let's go yaw'll it'll be a great class.
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