Books & DVDs

B-707 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
B-911 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.
$25.95
B-884 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
B-695 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
B-915 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
$27.30
B-933 Building Vacuum Tube Guitar & Bass Amplifiers, Volume 3
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 the following five classic tube amplifiers:
  • VOX AC15 (minus Vibrato) 15 watt amp with push-pull EL84s.
  • Marshall 1958 18 watt amp with push-pull EL84s.
  • Fender Princeton Reverb 15 watt amp with push-pull 6V6GTs.
  • Gibson EH150 25 watt amp with push-pull 6L6Gs.
  • Hiwatt DR103 100 watt amp with quad push-pull EL34s.
120 pages, spiral bound
$25.95
B-891 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
B-910 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
B-947 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
B-CD058 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
B-956 Vacuum Tube Circuit Design: Guitar Amplifier Preamps, 2nd Ed.
by Richard Kuehnel
Vacuum Tube Circuit Design: Guitar Amplifier Preamps
By Richard Kuehnel
Written for experienced builders who want to design their own circuits from the ground up, this book presents a comprehensive study of triode and pentode preamp design. From the impedance characteristics of the guitar pickup, to the Miller capacitance at the second-stage tube grid, the author describes how to manipulate frequency response and control the dynamics of nonlinear distortion.
Softbound, 223 pages, 1.1lbs
$39.95
B-CD059 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
B-CD060 DVD - Tube Amps 101, Volume 3, Mods, Repairs and Troubleshooting
Mods, Repairs & Trouble Shooting
A two hour tour using actual vintage amplifiers. Hear the symptoms and watch how to repairs. Volume III includes several takes on transformer replacement, how to resurrect that old garage sale find, including the complete rehab of a '58 Tweed Deluxe as well as amp modding. Watch the famous "PAUL C" mod applied to a Princeton Reverb, add some spank to a Bandmaster or put some fire in the Bass Channel of a '66 Bassman and much more.
$38.95
B-913 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 5, Tone Capture
by Kevin O'Connor
Every part of your system contributes to your Ultimate Tone, so every part is important. TUT5 delineates, in clear language, the function of each electronic component in a circuit, and how alterations to the value of each part affect the final sound. Gain stage voicing, interstage attenuator optimization, sustain restoration for clean and distorted tones, power amp and preamp "tone generators", simple boost pedals, amp selectors and power conditioners are all covered, with designs using off-the-shelf parts.
$85.00
B-749 Tonnes of Tone, Electronics Projects for Guitar and Bass
by Kevin O'Connor
A collection of projects for electric guitar and bass players. Save money by building your own acoustic preamp; build a two-channel tube preamp for guitar, and more. Construct a 15W tube power amp or a true class-A solid state amp. The "experimenters power supply" is excellent for tinkering with tube circuits, containing separate AC heater, DC heater plate and bias supplies. Build a wide range tremolo circuit and an all-tube reverb unit. Circuit operation, construction, & layout guidelines are provided. Every project uses easy to find parts.
105 pages, 1.0 lb, 8.25" x 11"
$37.00
B-772 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 2, Systems Approach to Stage Sound
by Kevin O'Connor
The achievement of great, live sound is the premise used to explore modern high-gain guitar pre-amps, proper treatment of acoustic instruments, tube vocal PAs; dynamic bass gear, all types of tube, semi, hybrid and alternative power amplifier design, power supply mods that are "toneful", simple switching methods, speaker cabinet design, getting the most from effects loops and chains, and, modular stage monitoring systems that work!
Spiral bound. 200 figures. 250 pages, 1.9 lbs.
$60.00
B-932 The Ultimate Tone, Volume 4, Advanced Methods for Amp Design
by Kevin O'Connor
Outlines, in schematic form, many approaches that achieve the goal of power scaling, super scaling and power management. A complete history and discourse on the technology outlines how to implement multiple power scale controls, alternative circuit forms and system impacts. Further tutorials outline the methods for super scaling, with both fixed and variable boost ratios, using both solid-state and tube methods.
$130.00
B-CD061 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
B-977 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
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