Building a Ceriatone Expression — Part 2

by Mark ~ May 7th, 2008

A lot has happened on the AmpGarage Trainwreck Discussion in the 1+ years since I originally built my Ceriatone. DrHulsey had a thread in which he shared his cleaned up schematic (last update: March, 2008)… finally a schematic that completely aligns with Francesca… here is the DrHulsey Schematic Thread. In this thread is also a layout that DrHulsey derived from Richie’s corrections to the original Ceriatone layout. Continue reading »

Tube-amp Prototyping Software?

by Mark ~ April 30th, 2008

Peavey recently announced a new product offering… tube-amp modeling from a company that makes tube amps… Continue reading »

Building a Ceriatone Expression — Part 1

by Mark ~ April 29th, 2008

This series of postings will detail the construction and debug of a Ceriatone kit.  Along the way I hope to capture some of the key considerations & stumbling blocks and give you a good feel for the process. Continue reading »

Ultimate DIY — Make your own vacuum tubes

by Mark ~ April 27th, 2008

This is a very entertaining, professional-looking video on making a vacuum tube from scratch.  Created by a French Ham Radio enthusiast… I’m in awe.  A friend asked for a link to this, so I thought I’d post it here as a pleasant diversion.


Fabrication d’une lampe triode
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Your first DIY Guitar Tube Amp Project

by Mark ~ April 23rd, 2008

If you have decided to take the plunge and build your own guitar tube amp, please let me share my early mistakes projects with you to help get you going in the right direction.  But first, be sure you really want to build your own: Continue reading »

Introductory Tube Amp Material on the Web

by Mark ~ April 17th, 2008

We’ve talked about three series of books, so far, that each provide a different approach to tube amplifier analysis, design and construction:

  1. Nerdy 
  2. Easy reading theory/practical mix and,
  3. Comprehensive (encyclopedic) hands-on with a practical focus on guitar tube amp projects

Something for everybody in that list, but if you are hankering for more (or less, as in ‘free’), then there are lots of resources on the internet and this post tries to capture some of the more notable ones, specifically ones that are good for beginners. Continue reading »

The best books on DIY guitar amp

by Mark ~ April 11th, 2008

This post is all about a series of books that is the most comprehensive and lucid explanation of guitar tube amp architecture, circuits, tone, components and construction technique for DIYers I have ever found. Continue reading »

Beginner Tube Amp Design Books

by Mark ~ April 9th, 2008

When considering what to recommend for beginner’s interested in learning enough theory of operation to have a practical foundation in tube amp design I was torn between two excellent series, so I’ll write about both, in two separate posts. Continue reading »

Three essential tube amp tools

by Mark ~ April 8th, 2008

This post should probably be sub-titled: “That you can’t buy at DigiKey or Mouser,” although some of the parts can be sourced from them. None of these tools are expensive, all are incredibly useful. Continue reading »

Tube Electronics Safety Warnings, etc.

by Mark ~ April 7th, 2008

Now we come to the part of the show where Norm pauses to review shop safety. Or alternatively, Robbie starts screaming “Danger, Danger Will Robinson!”. Continue reading »

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