- Hardcover: 300 pages
- Publisher: Wem Publishing; Second Edition edition (February 11, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956154522
- ISBN-13: 978-0956154521
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have mainly designed and build precision amplifier circuits for optical sensors using semiconductor op-amps. As I now approach retirement I recently became interested in the design of vacuum tube amplifiers for guitars. I'll start out by saying this is the finest book on tube amplifier design I've seen, and is a goldmine for electronic designers in general. First, the Author presents vacuum tube design and theory in a thorough and lucid way. I read a few other books before this one, and this book answers all of the lingering questions I had from the previous books. Then the Author presents specifically how tube guitar amplifiers are designed, what makes them sound the way they do, what the limitations are, etc. Then he goes on to provide a whole grab bag of tricks used by veteran designers in the old vintage amplifiers.
I'm ready to start designing and building my first valve amplifier, purely for the fun of it. This is the best book on the subject I have seen. It is easily worth the money regardless of your level of knowledge at the start. A textbook with 1/4 the information will cost you 4x more than this. He'll teach you everything you need to get started, and give you a real appreciation of how real EEs design stuff. And remember: "You can't spell Geek without a Double-E"
This book smokes them ALL. It is so easy to read, and accessible to anyone with high-school math skills, and technician level electronics knowledge. If you can read an electronics schematic, know how to wire/solder and can make stuff, then you can very quickly and practically apply the work in this book with great results.
Biasing, Triode, Tetrode and Pentode operations are all well addressed, with practical graphical and analytical design techniques given, as well as clear, inarguable technically correct explanations of distortion, overdrive, harmonics, tone control and filtering.
I can say this because I am an EE, with many years experience designing and building audio electronics both for guitar and hi-fi, and I could not have written a book on this subject better myself.
This is AWESOME.
To gain a preview of the book Google "valve wizard" (Merlin - valve wizard - get it?) - summaries of the major subjects are available there. As to spelling and grammar - an earlier reviewer might not understand that the author is British - he writes in British not American English.