Books & DVDs
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.
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.
by Richard KuehnelThis 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.
Volume IV: Noise, Tips and Troubleshooting Chapter List includes:
- 3 Prong conversion - the RIGHT WAY! (Super Reverb)
- "Red Plating" Power Tubes ('77 Princeton)
- Replace a Bad Power Transformer ('79 Champ)
- Test and Replace Coupling Caps ('57 Tweed Champ)
- HIGH Noise Floor? (Silverface Deluxe Reverb)
- Buzzing Noise?
by M. N. BeitmainRadio 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.
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.
by Gerald F.J. TyneThe 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"
by Kevin O'ConnorThis 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"
by Tom MitchellA 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"
by Kevin O'ConnorPrinciples 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.
by Kevin O'ConnorA 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 of 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"
by Kevin O'ConnorThe 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.
by Kevin O'ConnorReady 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.
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"
by Kevin O'ConnorLondon 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.
by Kevin O'ConnorHave 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.
by Aspen PittmanAlready 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"
by Tino ZottolaBuilding 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.
by Kevin O'ConnorEvery 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.
by Tino ZottolaThe 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
by Craig AndertonMany effects builders have cited Electronic Projects for Musicians as the book that got them started. This book lays out the basics of effects building, detailing the tools, parts and techniques needed. This book contains 27 different projects including fuzz pedals, ring modulator, phase shifter and compressor, complete with diagrams, illustrations and simple step by step instructions. for those wanting to build their own effects, this is your starting point. 220 pages, softbound, with audio CD demonstrating effects
by Kevin O'ConnorOutlines, 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.
by Tino ZottolaThe 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
by Dan ErlewineGuitar 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.