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The Tube Amp Book - Deluxe Revised Edition Book and Disk Package (Hardcover) Spiral-bound – September 1, 2003
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This book insulted me. I felt used and abused by the author, and that has perhaps tainted this review. I expected a comprehensive and useful guide. That is what this book should have been and what the format and price -and the use of "THE" in the title -- seemed to promise. Instead, I dropped $33 on a big, glossy advertisement for the author's "Groove Tube" tube-selling operation and, by extension, the manufacturers who buy tubes from him.
To make a happy customer, promise less and deliver more. This book went the other way.
Yes, some of the content is useful and interesting, written passages as well as photos. But the section describing amp brands and histories is rendered woefully incomplete as the author veers and swerves through it to make opportunities to refer to himself and his tubes and pimp for the manufacturers that buy from him. (Be wary of authors who never miss opportunities to tell you how important and knowledgeable they are. Quality of content should speak for itself.) Redundancies abound, further wasting the reader's time and valuable space that could have been used to at least mention other manufacturers or give some details about those that deserved more than a paragraph or two.Read more ›
The schematics are not very legible and many contain known errors. For this price, he could at least get that part right. I don't recommend this book unless you cannot find a needed schematic or layout anywhere else.
The book centers on descriptions of tube amp brands and famous models, giving greater detail on Fender, Marshall, and Vox than the rest. It also imparts some good information on basic signal flow, and gives a few tips on repair and nomenclature, though it is not, and I don't think is intended to be, a repair guide.
Overall, a decent book, a good starting point, and a worthwhile purchase.
This is more like if your science & history museum made a documentary book about tube amplifiers.
The information is fascinating and much of it is from industry insiders you might be a fan of if you follow tube amplifier engineering.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have an earlier version of this book. I bought it to help me understand tube amps. It did not do that, but it did help me to learn about their history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Good reference book for explaining tubes, and how tube amps work, plus it covers lots of tubes amps that are available. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jager
My husband told me the subject/author that he wanted and I ordered this. He was thrilled when it arrived - he paged through the big, sturdy book, liked the schematics and then saw... Read morePublished 6 months ago by JeLF
Amazingly, I have bought stuff from Aspen Pittman now, and used it in my own amps. The best part of this book is the CD ROM of schematics. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Seth Elwyn Burgin
I had hoped that this would be a good primer for a novice interested in knowing how amps work and learning about the technical lineage of guitar amps. It's not. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Brendzel
Delivered fine. Packed well. Item as described. Would buy from again. Thank you!Published 11 months ago by K. McCune