Here are links to the main sites I've learnt from and got circuits
More audio solid state electronic resources + articles, some of which
are found on the sites listed above.
Tubes, and tube amps DIY
- Fun with Tubes, extremely educational site about audio
electronics, plus more.
- http://ampage.org/ Tube amp stuff
- http://www.thetubestore.com/homeaudio.html Books on Tube amps
- Kevin O'Conner's FAQ on tube amps
- http://www.duncanamps.com/ Very educational tube related stuff including
software resources where I learnt about SPICE here - haven't used it yet though. Check out the calculators, and tube look up programs.
- I was interested in the
Subminiature Tube Amp using 6112 and 5902 subminiature
tubes, but sound too much like a Marshall.
- I thought about building the
Milliamp, small, simple, kind of cheap with a single 12DW7 tube
- I considered building the AX84 Firefly, also small + kind of cheap with two preamp tubes.
- I scratched the two above, and thought about building a single ended
amp head using a single 6V6 power tube which would deliver the tone I
was hoping for, the AX84 SEL. However it got me wondering whether I should just buy an early Fender Champ or second hand Kalamazoo, and convert the combo into the head.
- http://www.ax84.com/ DIY tube amp community projects
- Once I got to that point, and turning down a half price offer on a Blues Jr Tweed, I had a bad gut feeling. Too much $$$, big, way loud, and I was going to bring the signal down to a couple of volts to use with my mixer, chain of effects, and out through a loud PA, it seemed like a unweildly way to go, and what if I didn't get the sound I wanted?!
I looked into solid state simulator circuits and found the links at the top of this page, listened to the samples, and realised I could get what I want for a lot less $$$, take up less space and far more portable.
Everything I did to both my HoneyTone amps
HoneyTones are available from Coast to Coast Music
If you bought one new, I'd suggest the mod to secure the PCB, and the
MAX1044 circuit - everything else can be left stock.
You may want to install the speaker output plug, which you plug
directly into any 8 Ohm amp speaker.
Good electronic parts suppliers
That covers the electronics sites I've found the most useful.
In addition to many other sites, I've spent many many many hours pouring over their articles, schematics, etc. For me it's been well worth it.