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  • How to learn Tube Amp repair?

    I have a AS degree in electronics.
    I work with electronics every day.

    However I'm a half retarded n00b on how tube amps REALLY work.

    Are there any books I could buy to teach me?
    I don't need fundamentals of electronics, but basic amplifier concepts going into advanced ones would be good.

    Any suggestions you guys have would be much appreciated.
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  • #2
    The so called "Bible" of tube electronics is The Radiotron Designers Handbook (RCA). 4th Edition. No longer in print but available on eBay most of the time.

    Also excellent tube amp reading in print:

    Dave Funk's Tube Amp Workbook
    By Dave Funk
    ISBN 0-9650841-0-8

    The Guitar Amp Handbook
    By Dave Hunter
    ISBN 0-87930-863-X
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    • #3
      buy a book n00b

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      • #4
        I have a AS degree in electronics.
        I work with electronics every day.

        However I'm a half retarded n00b on how tube amps REALLY work.

        Are there any books I could buy to teach me?
        I don't need fundamentals of electronics, but basic amplifier concepts going into advanced ones would be good.

        Any suggestions you guys have would be much appreciated.


        Specimen Guitars in Chicago teach a tube amp building class. That might be a good place to start. Plus, you;d come out of the class with an amp you built.

        http://www.specimenproducts.com/
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        Originally Posted by Norton666


        Man , Ive held off replying to any Klops threads because its kind of like the sweet , naive retarded kid down the street who is out putting in hours on his pogo stick every single night with dreams of someday going pro . You have to admire his ambition and determination , but at some point , he will realize he is retarded and there isnt a pro pogo stick league. I just dont wanna be the guy to tell him . Wait...............

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        • #5
          I'm totally lost on the point of design. It's easy to replace parts if you have a schematic...but to design an amp from the bottom up totally from scratch or to know how to design mods confuses me.
          "I don't want to be immortalized through my work. I want to be immortalized by not dying." Woody Allen

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          • #6
            I'm totally lost on the point of design. It's easy to replace parts if you have a schematic...but to design an amp from the bottom up totally from scratch or to know how to design mods confuses me.


            its not even design or mod design that i care about.

            more than anything I'm interested in grabbing up broken amps and flipping them.

            learning, trouble shooting, amps, money.

            All things I enjoy, thanks for the links fellas.
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            • #7
              buy a book n00b


              thats why I was asking for suggestions.

              A good book to start with.

              I think I may do that specimen class.

              Did you do it Matt?
              Current Gear
              ESP/Fender >> Blackstar/Randall >> Randall/Mesa


              Tully's Shop - Excellent Luthier work and Custom Guitars in the Chicago area

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              • #8
                I have a AS degree in electronics.
                I work with electronics every day.

                However I'm a half retarded n00b on how tube amps REALLY work.

                Are there any books I could buy to teach me?
                I don't need fundamentals of electronics, but basic amplifier concepts going into advanced ones would be good.

                Any suggestions you guys have would be much appreciated.


                same here, im an electrical/computer engineer major and while i haven't even started upper division, they cover so much stuff on digital electronics, which is important but you don't learn a thing about tubes becuase its outdated, with the exception of guitar amps
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                Fenders- Special Edition Jaguar HH w/ SD SH-6 & SH-2n, Telecaster, Squier Strat w/ SD JB jr.
                BC riches-Beast

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                Marshalls- 6100 30th Anniversary(Blue EL34), JVM410H MS-2
                Peaveys- 5150II

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                Peavey MS412 w/ 4 G12T-75s, Marshall 1960A

                Owned before:
                Marshalls-avt50 combo, DSL50, 6100LM w/ 5881s
                Crates-Blue Voodoo 120H
                Peaveys-5150 combo, Original 5150

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                • #9
                  thats why I was asking for suggestions.

                  A good book to start with.

                  I think I may do that specimen class.

                  Did you do it Matt?


                  Not yet, but I plan on it next time I have the $$ laying around.
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                  Originally Posted by Norton666


                  Man , Ive held off replying to any Klops threads because its kind of like the sweet , naive retarded kid down the street who is out putting in hours on his pogo stick every single night with dreams of someday going pro . You have to admire his ambition and determination , but at some point , he will realize he is retarded and there isnt a pro pogo stick league. I just dont wanna be the guy to tell him . Wait...............

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                  • #10
                    Not yet, but I plan on it next time I have the $$ laying around.



                    Is there a link to the place that has that class?

                    Just curious what they offer.
                    Casey4sDIY Links:102 Amphttp://www.guitarkitbuilder.com/cont...-amplifier-kitChassis Layout:http://www.guitarkitbuilder.com/cont...lifier-chassisTurret Board:http://www.guitarkitbuilder.com/cont...d-construction Tolex Tutorial:http://www.guitarkitbuilder.com/cont...lifier-cabinet

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                    • #11
                      A lot of the guys I know that do amp work, kind of just fell into it. They knew how to not kill themselves. But they just figured **************** out by themselves.

                      They pretty much learned by doing. And in this day an age. What you can't figure out, use the internet to try and find out what someone else has.
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                      Mesa Tremoverb
                      Modded Marshall MK II JMP 2204
                      Modded Fender Quad Reverb (turned into a head)
                      76 Fender Twin
                      64 Fender Princeton
                      Marshalll 1960ax 4x12 w/ V30's and greenbacks
                      Bogner 2x12 v30/75w celestion

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                      • #12
                        Another good book is the Guitar Amp servicing book by Jack Darr,

                        Electric Guitar Amplifier Handbook
                        By Jack Darr
                        ISBN 1-882580-48-6
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                        • #13
                          Another good book is the Guitar Amp servicing book by Jack Darr,

                          Electric Guitar Amplifier Handbook
                          By Jack Darr
                          ISBN 1-882580-48-6


                          The Jack Darr book is out of print, but it's on various websites in .pdf. Here's one:

                          http://www.diyguitarist.com/Misc/J_Darr.htm

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                          • #14
                            Not yet, but I plan on it next time I have the $$ laying around.


                            I'm thinking I'm going to do the set-up/electrical weekend seminar.

                            I COULD do the 4 week classes, but if I can shove it all into a weekend I just might.

                            If I can do this without financially straining myself I will.

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                            ESP/Fender >> Blackstar/Randall >> Randall/Mesa


                            Tully's Shop - Excellent Luthier work and Custom Guitars in the Chicago area

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                            • #15
                              Is there a link to the place that has that class?

                              Just curious what they offer.


                              The link is in the post.
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                              Originally Posted by Norton666


                              Man , Ive held off replying to any Klops threads because its kind of like the sweet , naive retarded kid down the street who is out putting in hours on his pogo stick every single night with dreams of someday going pro . You have to admire his ambition and determination , but at some point , he will realize he is retarded and there isnt a pro pogo stick league. I just dont wanna be the guy to tell him . Wait...............

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