# Books & DVDs

RCA Receiving Tube Manual, Technical Series RC-30
A high quality reprint of the 1973 RCA Receiving Tube Manual (Technical Series RC-30). Includes tubes not found in RC-19, for example: 6CA7/EL34, 5AR4/GZ34, 6DJ8, 6DN7, 6LF6, 6KG6A/EL509, 6550, 7189, 7591 and the 7868 to name a few. Also includes pictures and industrial receiving tubes. 760 pages, 2.0 lbs, 5.25" x 8.25"
$17.50 How to Service Your Own Tube Amp, A Complete Guide by Tom Mitchell A well organized and easy-to-understand approach to guitar amplifier repair covering basic electronics, reading schematics, understanding tubes and transformers, tube biasing and use of test equipment. Also provides 10 troubleshooting flowcharts, voltage charts for typical amplifiers, and many modifications that you can do yourself. 250 pages, 2.3 lbs, 8.5" x 11"$27.50
Most Often Needed Radio Diagrams, Volume 1
by M. N. Beitmain
Radio Diagrams and Servicing Information from 1926 to 1938. Shows circuit diagrams for 600 of the most commonly found radios of that time. A valuable resource for restorations.
$3.26 Radio, Wireless Telephone and Wireless Telegraph Equipment High quality reprint of early (1920s) Montgomery Ward catalog of wireless equipment. 32 pages of radios, kits, tubes and books as available 70 years ago. Sorry, you can't order from this catalog! 0.2 lbs, 7" x 9.5", 33 pages.$1.00
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Originally: $1.95 Saga of the Vacuum Tube by Gerald F.J. Tyne The most comprehensive history of the thermionic vacuum tube. Contains hundreds of photos and essential facts to assist in identifying tubes made prior to 1930, and traces the evolution of tube development with histories of the manufacturers. Truly a classic! 494 pages, 1.4 lbs., 5.5" x 8.5"$8.95
Guitar Amplifier Electronics: Circuit Simulation
This book is a step-by-step tutorial for simulating vacuum tube guitar amplifiers using LTspice, a free SPICE-based electronic circuit simulator for Windows and macOS. The book walks you through the basics of developing a schematic, setting up a simulation, integrating vacuum tube models, and interpreting the results. From there it gradually ramps up to advanced topics, like verifying the sonic performance of a guitar amplifier as a complete system, analyzing the dynamics of overdrive, and writing new SPICE models for triodes and power tubes.
$29.95 On Backorder Guitar Player Repair Guide, 3rd Edition with DVD by Dan Erlewine Guitar Player Repair Guide - Third Edition How to Set Up, Maintain and Repair Electrics and Acoustics By Dan Erlewine This revised edition is a step-by-step manual to maintaining and repairing electric or acoustic guitars and basses. Players will master the basic maintenance and set up of a guitar. An advanced crafts-person will discover this to be a valuable reference source for complex procedures such as replacing nuts and frets. This third edition incorporates new techniques and tools, plus detailed repair information for specific models.$24.95
Guitar Amplifier Electronics Basic Theory
by Richard Kuehnel
This book presents vacuum tube amplifier theory using modern, web-based design tools and computer visualizations to eliminate the usual litany of mathematical formulas. The book begins with the fundamentals of electronics and vacuum tubes. It then proceeds through each stage of a modern guitar amplifier, including preamp voltage amplification stages, cathode followers, tone stacks, power amps, phase inverters, and power supplies. The final chapter is devoted to the craft of controlling overdrive dynamics and harmonic distortion.
$29.95 Tube Lore II, A Reference for Users and Collectors, 2nd Edition The classic Ludwell Sibley book is now available in this wonderful second edition. Tube Lore II contains a wealth of knowledge and information on a wide variety of tube types. Any tube collector or radio aficionado will find the contents of this book to be an invaluable reference.$34.95
The Tube Amp Book, Deluxe Revised Edition
by Aspen Pittman
Already known as the bible of tubes and tube amps, The Tube Amp Book by Aspen Pittman is now even better. This deluxe revised edition features 40% new material including dramatically improved design and page layout. The book's technical tips, in-depth electronic specs and explanations, rare schematics, and full-color plates make it a must-have for the legions of tube-tone fanatics. Hardcover, 416 pgs, 6.0 lbs, 9.75" x 12.5"
$49.95 Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 1 by Tino Zottola Building your own vacuum tube guitar or bass amplifier from scratch is truly an exciting experience. This book describes the detailed construction of five vacuum tube amplifiers.$28.75
The Ultimate Tone, Volume 1, Modifying & Building Tube Amps
by Kevin O'Connor
This is the book that jump-started the boutique tube guitar amp business. Learn the truth about tube preamp design and modification; see how tube power amps work and can be made more reliable; see how reverbs and effects loops work and better ways to configure them; learn why some amp brands are easier to service and to mod than others; see how simple switching circuits are but how capable they can be. Tube data for the common types used in guitar and bass amps is provided, along with a discussion of stage set-up and player ergonomics. Spiral bound, 395 figures. 368 pages, 2.5 lbs, 8.5" x 11"
$85.00 Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 2 by Tino Zottola The follow up to Volume 1 in the series, covering more advanced amplifier construction projects for the experienced builder. Includes detailed plans for the following five classic tube amplifiers: • Deluxe (5E3) 15 watt amp with push-pull 6V6s • Bassman (5F6A) 50 Watt amp with push-pull 6L6s • AC30 Top Boost 30 watt amp with quad push-pull EL84s with Top Boost Mods - minus Vibrato circuit • Plexi Super Lead (1959) 100 watt amp with quad push-pull EL34s with master volume mod • Twin Reverb (AB763) with quad push-pull 6L6GCs wi$30.25
DIY Speaker Cabinets for Musical Instrument Applications
by Kevin O'Connor
London Power DIY Speaker Cabinets for Musical Instrument Applications. Speaker cabinet design is mysterious to most people, but it doesn't have to be - especially when it comes to speakers for musical instruments. Cabinet evolution is described culminating in Kevin's own designs built by London Power, based on 20+ years of experience and input from expert speaker designers. Resonant and non-resonant cabinets are explored, along with the choice for building materials, finishes, woodworking techniques, installing grill cloth, and the use of wheels and handles. Driver selection and mixing is detailed, covering driver impedance, power ratings and wiring.
$22.00 DVD - Tube Amps 101, Things I Wish I Knew TUBE AMPS 101 or Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started - DVD Over 1 ½" hours of video that is like standing over the shoulder of an amp tech for a day, minus the technical jargon. Learn all kinds of tips and tricks, while you watch from your easy chair. This video focuses on an amp that is presented as a 1964 Fender Deluxe Reverb and shows you how to determine its exact date of manufacture. While you go through the test amp you are shown all the things to look for in rehabilitating an old amplifier, things like seeing if the caps are bad and replacing resistors.$38.95
Ready Set Go! An Electronic Reference for the Everyman
by Kevin O'Connor
Ready Set Go! An Electronics Reference for the Everyman By Kevin O'Connor A handy reference for the novice electronic tinkerer and experienced craftsman alike. Informative and easy to read, the book explains: how to read schematic symbols; explains standard notation, S.I.
$33.00 Vacuum Tube Circuit Design: Guitar Amplifier Poweramps by Richard Kuehnel A comprehensive manual for designing power amps and phase inverters from scratch, this book provides the engineering details that professional amp builders need to create new circuits. To determine how component values effect the dynamics of an overdriven power stage, the author includes full blown studies of grid bias excursion, power supply sag and negative feedback effects. Softbound, 376 pages, 1.7 lbs$49.95
Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 3
by Tino Zottola
The follow up to Volume 1 and 2 in the series, covering advanced amplifier construction projects for the experienced builder. Includes detailed plans for replicas of five classic tube amplifiers.
120 pages, spiral bound
$28.75 Fundamentals of Guitar Amplifier System Design Books about guitar amplifier electronics usually focus on individual circuits: preamp stages, tone stacks, phase inverters, the power amp, and power supply. Fundamentals of Guitar Amplifier System Design presents a structured, top-down approach to crafting a complete guitar amplifier.$29.95
The Fender® Bassman 5F6-A, 3rd Edition
by Richard Kuehnel
The Fender Bassman 5F6-A Circuit Analysis of a Legendary Tube Amplifier By Richard Kuehnel Guitar amplifier designers have tweaked, enhanced, or occasionally just copied the Bassman's push-pull class AB design for decades. This advanced book conducts an in-depth analysis of the 1959 model 5F6A, considered by many to be the Bassman at its very best. Step-by-step the author presents all the graphs and formulas a Bassman-inspired circuit designer could ever want. 220 pages, 1.1 lbs
$39.95 DVD - More Tube Amps 101, Repairs and Troubleshooting MORE TUBE AMPS 101 - Repairs & Maintenance - DVD Here's what you've been waiting for! Over two hours of REAL repairs and troubleshooting, inside of REAL vintage tube amps!$38.95
DVD - Tube Amps 101, Volume 4, Noise, Tips and Troubleshooting
Volume IV: Noise, Tips and Troubleshooting Chapter List includes:
1. 3 Prong conversion - the RIGHT WAY! (Super Reverb)
2. "Red Plating" Power Tubes ('77 Princeton)
3. Replace a Bad Power Transformer ('79 Champ)
4. Test and Replace Coupling Caps ('57 Tweed Champ)
5. HIGH Noise Floor? (Silverface Deluxe Reverb)
6. Buzzing Noise?
$38.95 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 3, Generations of Tone by Kevin O'Connor Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to build a Bassman, Champ, Plexi, an 800, AC-30, Bulldog or Portaflex? Or you wanted to build an SVT with off-the-shelf parts? How about a master-volume amp that doesn't change tone with the master setting? Everything you need to know is right here, including: proper grounding techniques, wiring methods, and mechanical considerations. Eighteen chapters cover the "iconic" amps everyone knows and loves, with schematics and layouts for each, along with the technical history of the product.$85.00
Principles of Power, A Practical Guide to Tube Amplifier Design
by Kevin O'Connor
Principles of Power A Practical Guide to Tube Power Amplifier Design By Kevin O'Connor Offers a simplified method for designing tube power amps for audio. Tube operation is explained, as are circuit principles. Class-A or B, cathode, fixed bias, and push-pull and single-ended designs are covered, as are many front-end circuits. Includes designs using off-the-shelf transformers and current production tubes. Power outputs of 15 to 400W are depicted using pentodes and true triodes. Also, covers power supplies, selected tube data, and information on Hammond and Plitron transformers.
\$52.00
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