£500 Valve amps

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Yeah I'd be happy doing point to point if I could get circuit diagrams and a parts list.

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Thanks classicrock, that looks very interesting

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jimbob wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:11 pm
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/283453439699

Any thoughts about this?
Looks elegant from the outside and tidy enough on the inside. The meters add to the looks but I am not sure they have any practical value nor do I know what they do for the sound but on the principle that "no component is better than a component*" I would say they don't help.

*Quoting that well known designer R Dunn.

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My concern with these new, cheap valve amps is that they're all bling and that I'd be much better looking for second hand

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jimbob wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:33 pm
My concern with these new, cheap valve amps is that they're all bling and that I'd be much better looking for second hand
Well the meters definitely qualify.

I was going to suggest that you looked for a Leak or Quad vintage amplifier, I was but then I looked and discovered that they are either in need of refurbishment or way beyond your budget.

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If you are up for this sort of DIY, you'll have a reasonable chance of making yourself a (near?) World Class (in the midrange) amplifier for that sort of money.
You would be hard pressed to find a pair of output transformers that were anywhere near world class for that money let alone the rest of the amp.
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I've been building valve amplifiers since 2006, and despite building very many different sorts of valve amps I've yet to achieve one of "world class status".

I have a long term project which I hope will get closer to that aim but on a £500 budget - no chance.

The very first amp I built was an 832a push pull, and even today I like what it does. If you want DIY then you could build one today for under your budget.

First you need to decide how much power your speakers need.

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jimbob wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:36 pm
Could anyone recommend any good, second hand valve amps at around £500??
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/174417138561
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