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Not For Beginners - Not a Book of Basics - Complicated Material
on December 4, 2014
I bought this because of the customer reviews. I recently attended a seminar on building tube amplifiers, and thought this would be a good book to help keep the information fresh, and a good reference book. I should have read the reviews more closely or more thoughtfully. All of the reviewers are experienced electronics professionals. I did not notice that at my first read. So I was surprised when I received the book and started reading it, and was overwhelmed by the complexity. It is not a book of basics. It is extremely complicated and is for people who are already experienced in electronics. This is more of a reference book - a one volume encyclopedia. The material is very dense, and you need a lot of learning to get to the point where this book would be useful. I kept it past one month so I could not return it. So it is going to sit on a shelf until I get to the point where I can use. Probably in a few years. I need to take some courses and read some less complex books before this book will be useful for me. After re-reading the reviews I noticed a line in one review where the author mentioned that this is not for beginners. It is for people that already have a solid foundation in electronics. Ah ha.
I revised my stars from one to three because what I realized later on is that the problem is the title - not necessarily the material. The author should change the name to Vacuum Tube Amplifier Primer or Vacuum Tube Amplifier Reference. The only people who find it basic are readers who have been working in electronics for decades. Almost all of the readers who find this a basic book are electronics professionals - they have lost perspective on what are basics for true beginners.