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Max's Music Place.

Max's Music Place has never been more than a public access TV show, a webpage, and a concept in my mind. The TV show hasn't been on the cable for many years and the webpage is closing its metaphorical doors and turning off its metaphorical lights. I suppose it will continue to exists in my mind for as long as I live but I am no longer writing songs and I haven't done a gig in many years.

However my presents on the web is not going away. My three fun sites, Fun With Tubes, Fun With Transistors, and Fun With Wood, still exist and are being updated regularly. Here are some links and a preview.


The indices below are only partial lists of the pages available on the sites. Go to the site's index page to see a complete list. You may do so by clicking the name of the site.


While teaching at Western Kentucky University I wrote two textbooks. The first was for a 300 level course in the physics department which was electronics for physicists. The second was a 300 level course in electrical engineering called troubleshooting.

In the first case there were lots of textbooks on the market that had the title ELECTRONICS FOR PHYSICISTS. Some were on a theoretical level with little hands on knowledge. Others were nothing but hands on with few equations and no derivations and not a hint of calculus. The physics and engineering majors in my class came in with a year of calculus and expected equations to be derived. Eventually, I was forced to write my own book.

The second book was TROUBLESHOOTING. When the engineering department ask me to teach this course I found there were no books on troubleshooting that suited the probable employment of my students. The only books that were even close were on repairing color television receivers which at that time used mostly analog circuitry. Once again I was forced to write my own book.

The books have not remained static since I wrote them. I have added sections and whole chapters on vacuum tubes to suit the current environment. I have also added knowledge that I have acquired since retiring from Western.

Textbook, Electronics for Non-Engineers
Textbook, Troubleshooting Techniques.

Note: both of these books are linked from the first two sites below.

Welcome to
I've Never Lost the Wonder.

The Basics of Electricity and Electronics.

DC Circuits: Series Circuits, Parallel Circuits, Ohms Law, and Scientific Notation.
AC Circuits: RC, RL, and RLC Networks, Filters.
Vacuum Diodes: Tubes with two elements.
Vacuum Triodes: Adding a grid to the diode.
Tubes with 2, 3, and 5 grids.
Amplitude Modulation (AM), Single Side-band (SSB), and Frequency Modulation (FM)
What is ground? One of the Most Misunderstood Concepts in Electricity.

Test Instruments.
How they work and how to use them.

Bench Power Supply.
The Vacuum Tube Volt-ohm Meter (VTVM).

How To Do It.

Reading Resistor and Capacitor Color Codes
Restoring Electrolytic Capacitors that Appear to be Dead.
Soldering and Unsoldering
Testing Capacitors: Do You Really Know How?

Radio and Detector Circuits.

How AM Radio Works: A Simple Description.
Build a Crystal Set
Regenerative Detector: Needs an Amplifier.
Simple Superhet Receiver: Discusses Principles of Mixing and Image Frequencies.
3-Tube Superhet: Needs an Amplifier.
4-Tube Superhet: Needs an Amplifier.
5-Tube Superhet: No Coil Winding, Complete.

The All American Five: There Were Millions Made.

Introduction and Power Supply
The Converter
The Intermediate Frequency Amplifier
The Detector
The Audio Section
Cautions, Precautions, and Troubleshooting

Audio Amplifiers: How They Work

Power and Output Transformers: The Basics.
A Basic Power Supply: Found in the Newcomb D10.
Magnetic Phono Preamp: With Two Examples.
Volume and Loudness Controls; What the manufacturers don't want you to know.
Tone Controls: From Simple to Complex.
Balance Controls: The Good, the Bad, and the Useless.
Phase Inverters, Split Load Phase Inverters, and Drivers
Push-Pull Outputs

Photo Gallery

Tour My Kilowatt AM/SSB Ham Station
Tour My Old Tube hi-fi and Stereo Systems.

Restoration Projects

1937 Philco Radio: This Radio Needs a Battery Eliminator to Work.
Atwater-Kent Model 20: Restoring a 93 Year Old Radio Isn't Easy.

Useful Information

Tube Cross-reference and Selection Guide

The links below lead to another site. If you want to come back to this page you will need to use the back button on your browser. You can always click the HOME link on the page you decided to visit and wind up on the home page of Fun With Transistors.

Welcome to

The Basic Stuff
DC Circuits
AC Circuits
Semiconductor Diodes
The Bipolar Junction Transistor
The Field Effect Transistor
AM, SSB, and FM
Textbook, Electronics for Non-Engineers
Textbook, Troubleshooting
How AM Radio Works
Build a Crystal Set
Drain Detector
Gate Leak Detector
Infinite Impedance Detector
Base Detector
The All Japanese 6
General Information
The Converter
The IF Amplifier
Detector and AGC
Audio Amplifier
Construction Projects.
An Intermodulation Distortion Analyzer.
Breadboards With Built-in Power Supplies.
Audio Amplifiers, How They Work.
Power Transformers
A Technical Discussion of Power Supplies. Not for the faint of heart.
Some Useful Audio Circuits.
Building Amplifiers
200 Watt Per Channel Complementary.
Useful Information.
Data on some current and a few historic transistors

Welcome to
Fun with Wood.

There is a good reason why I have kept this page well hidden for some time. When it comes to vacuum tube electronics I can easily call myself a Grand Master. My experience and knowledge in woodworking is at the opposite end of the spectrum. I still consider myself to be a Novice. I'm not going to make any pretense to compete with what are likely thousands of pages on the subject. This page is mainly aimed at a few friends.

There is one unique feature. All pictures and diagrams will have verbal descriptions so members of the blind woodworking community can follow what is going on. Such descriptive text will be on the main page, unlike on the Fun with Tubes pages, and will be in red type so the sighted can easily skip over it.

The projects are divided into categories to make them easier to find. The main headings will be Shop Furniture, Shop Made Jigs, and Shop Smith Modifications.

Shop Furniture will be items that are built into the shop such as the wood storage area or large items such as the miter saw station.

Shop Made Jigs are fairly obvious. The Saw Guide is an example.

The Shop Smith is an excellent and versatile tool but in the short time I have been using it I have identified some areas for improvement. Such modifications or additions will be documented under this heading.

Shop Furniture.

Wood Storage Area.

Storing sheet goods flat takes far too much space for the average home shop. Storing it on edge can result in warped and useless sheets of plywood. Here is a way to store it vertically without warping.

Shop Made Jigs.

Saw Guide.

Cutting straight lines freehand with a hand held circular saw is a problem even for a sighted person. For the blind and visually impaired it becomes impossible. Here is a saw guide that will be of great help for both groups.

Shelf Pin Jig.

Contributed by: Lenny McHugh

Drilling holes for shelf pins requires great precision if the shelves are to sit properly on the pins. Here is a jig to guide you in drilling these holes.

Shop Smith Modifications.

Tool Free Way of Attaching the Out-Feed Table.

As supplied the out-feed table accessory requires three hands and an Allen wrench to attach it to the Shop Smith. Here is an attachment method that only requires two hands and no tools.

Information for the Blind Woodworker.

Manual for Blind Woodworkers, Chapter 1, Measuring and Marking.

Manual for Blind Woodworkers, Chapter 2, Four Squaring Wood.

The Manual for Blind Woodworkers is an ongoing project. The first two chapters are posted here. Additional chapters will follow as they are completed.

This material is Copyright 2008 Woodworking for the Blind Inc. All rights reserved. Any copying, printing, posting on other websites, or any other form of distribution is forbidden without express written permission from Woodworking for the Blind inc. Copying to your own computer for personal use is permitted.

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This page last updated Friday, January 03, 2020.