Very proud of my wee self....
Behold the DRAGONET.......
It's clearly the answer to all our prayers, ever since Night Rider went off the air. :lol:
Snazzy. Looks like Johnny 5's head!
Looking good. With a bit of tweaking, you could probably reduce the footprint of the amp, unless you want to keep it generously sized?! Wish I had the patience to pull it off.
You'll also need to consider some sort of cooling system. Amps have a tendency to overheat. Probably one of the most common problems.
yeah, it could be a wee bit smaller, but i reckon a 12" x 10" footprint is a pretty good start, given that it's a 50W amp. One problem i fear with getting smaller is leakage flux. The transformers are fairly close to one another as it is - there's nowhere to hide from the mains tranny, hence the first stage valve being as far away as is aesthetically possible. And honestly, once it really started coming together, getting an iron into some spots became a bit tricky. i'm happy with the 6L6 separation - obeying a 1&1/2 envelope rule and all that. Start squeezing valves closer together and radiation becomes your overheating problem.
i DO like to see some space and separation - keep various sections on their own, so you can experiment and service with a bit of breathing space.
i'm looking forward to my next one - i think i'll make something 'longer' and i'm going to use 400V coupling caps which should be smaller than the orange drops. also, 350/100 caps instead of 450/100. sourcing issues... who cares.
Yes, cooling.... any suggestions? i haven't decided on an enclosure yet.
The guitarist in one of my previous bands made a few amps from kits etc, that look kinda like the one you've built. If it sounds anything like his it's a feckin monster ;)
They sure look purdy too.
Looks great! Where did you order your components from mate?
I'm looking at building a Soldano SLO-type channel switching beasty in the next few months myself to keep the metalheads happy! Have the turretboard layouts all sorted, but thinking of modding it slightly for more options (more for tweaking the prototype than anything).