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Designing Valve Preamps for Guitar and Bass [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Merlin Blencowe
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22. Juni 2009
Designing Tube Preamps for Guitar and Bass is the world's first comprehensive guide to the design of tube-based preamplifiers, specifically for musical instrument use, in a single volume. From the input to the phase inverter, this book discusses the inner workings of every part of a conventional guitar preamp, including the use of triodes, pentodes, tone controls, effects loops and much more. Eliminating all 'guess work' and 'audio myths', this book reveals the science behind good tone. Not intended for the beginner, it brings the intermediate-level circuit designer to the advanced level, with over 200 circuit diagrams and figures, as well as new research into the distortion mechanisms of tubes and unique tone manipulation techniques. An essential reference text for any amp enthusiast!

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 308 Seiten
  • Verlag: Merlin Blencowe (22. Juni 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0956154506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956154507
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2 x 22,9 cm
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Das ist das bisher beste Buch, dass ich bisher zum Design von Instrumentalverstärkern auf Röhrenbasis in den Händen hatte. Ein gewisses Maß an Vorkenntnissen in Richtung Röhre, Gitarren- /Basssound, Elektrotechnik (Laien Niveau) sollte man mitbringen. Dann erhält man aber sehr fundierte Grundlagen und Expertenwissen. Es werden keine "Kochrezepte" angeboten, sondern sehr anschaulich erklärt, durch welche Kniffe (b.z.w. schlechtes Design vergangener Tage) die Sounds zustandekommen, die wir schätzen. Für die, die tiefer einsteigen wollen, gibt es jeweils Sektionen mit der Erklärung mathematischer Grundlagen. Das hilft und wird angesichts des Stoffes anschaulich vermittelt, man muß aber nicht unbedingt so tief einsteigen , um die Konzepte zu verstehen.
Das Buch ist auf Englisch - vor dem Kauf sollte man die eigenen Sprachkenntnisse nochmal kritisch hinterfragen, um Frustrationen zu vermeiden, wenn man hier nicht sattelfest ist.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good introduction 10. März 2012
Von Ernst P
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I highly recommend this book as an introduction to the technology of Valve based musical instument amps. Discusses a lot of sound related issues (distortion, EQ). Gave me hints on which parts to fiddle around to change (distortion) sound of a valve amp stage. Does require some basic understanding of electronics, but only little math. Does not discuss complete schematics of "classic" guitar amps , but teaches the basics to be able to understand such circuits.
If You want to design and simulate Your own amps, You need other books (but all of these I know address audio/hifi amps - so this book is a very good complement)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well-written, great buy 29. Oktober 2009
Von Richard Christie - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I believe Merlin Blencowe's work occupies a hitherto unoccupied place amongst books on the subject of valve musical instrument amplifiers - I own quite a few on the subject. This book is sure to endure.

Classical electronic texts from the fifties and earlier occupy one extreme of the spectrum and repair and modification cookbooks the other end.

I find the book well compliments Richard Kuehnel's excellent treatises. Both Blencowe's and Kuehnel's sit closer to the classic texts in approach than say K O'Connors books. Due to Blencowe's inclusion of solid examinations of the sonic implications of various design choices, this book tends more toward immediate practical application than Kuehnel's books do. Blencowe does the latter task better than any other text currently available, it really does integrate theory and sound. The book also contains original research and observations, notably on the dc coupled cathode follower.

If forced to recommend any one book for those interested in guitar preamp design it would be this one. But then again, who, if they were genuinely interested, would make do with just one book?

F Langford Smith, F Terman and other great technical and academic authors from the past are put into modern context by Kuehnel and Blencowe. In fact, these four authors together cover the entire theoretical field needed. Never before have guitar amplifier designers and hobbyists had so much high quality, well-written field-specific information at their fingertips.

I look forward to future editions from Mr Blencowe.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The indispensible instrument tube amplifier design book 11. Dezember 2009
Von P. Fawcett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is bar-none the best book available on the subject. For anyone with more than a passing interest in tube amplifier design for musical instruments, this is a must-have. The language is clear and accessible, and the mathematical treatment distilled to a level that is practically useful, without being overwhelming to non-electrical engineering types such as myself. Besides clear descriptions underlying the design of several key amplifier circuits, it also lays out best practices in a number of areas, and there is also a great deal in this book that is just downright innovative. Indeed, it provides a treasure trove of ideas that amply repays repeat reading. Very highly recommended. I'm very much looking forward to subsequent volumes.
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This book is not meant for beginners, but if you are designing a tube amp, you're probably not a beginner in the first place. It is not a long mathematical treatment of design. The math is there, but all the long derivation calculations are crunched down to a few steps (you can get the full mathematical treatment of the same calculations from the old electrical engineering texts). This book is about applying the design ideas and using the final math formulas.

Most books on guitar tube amplifiers approach them from the same angle as a Hi-fi amplifier. Musical instrument amps are different from Hi-fi amps. Guitar amplifiers are meant to produce distortion, even "clean" amps. This is not just another re-writing of all the amp design books from the 40's and 50's, it is very specific in its scope and does it a clearly written style. There are schematics and graphs that really do help you inderstand better and not just fill up the page count.

It's all here from a basic gain stage to interstage coupling, tone stacks, cathode followers, feedback, effects loops, and phase inverters.

If you are past building kits and want to know how to make it all work with your own ideas, this is your book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best book ever for DIY amp builders! 15. September 2009
Von Kenneth E. Moon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This book is perfect for any DIY tube guitar or bass amp builder who's built an amp or two, but still isn't quite sure why everything works the way it does, or who wants to design his (or her) own preamp.

It can be very frustrating finding tube theory articles, books or websites that are both accurate and readable. This book is both.

It assumes some basic electronics knowledge - military or technical school level is fine, though EEs will also get the info they need without over-simplification, as is found in some other books. All the formulas are here, along with clear explanations of how and why to use them.

This book is the only one I've read that gets into the details of tone shaping and distortion generation in modern preamp design, and it's backed up with nice schematics and photos of scope displays, as well as full references if you want to dig in even deeper.

There is also a chapter of valuable practical tips and building techniques.

I think this book will become a standard reference for tube amp builders - I couldn't recommend it more highly.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Must own for guitarists who build/modify amps 14. Februar 2011
Von rsi - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I own or have read most of the available books on vacuum tube amplification. While they all contain some useful information, there are not many I would consider indispensible. This book falls into that category. This book does not focus on the tonal differences between mustard vs. orange drops, or NOS vs. new production tubes. Nor does it offer descriptions of the features of classic amp circuits. There are plenty of books that do this already.

What this book does it to take you through the design of a circuit from beginning to end. Other books may tell you that the 5F6 Bassman uses a "long tailed phase inverter" and show you a schematic or layout. Merlin shows you how all the major phase inverters work, then takes you through the design of each type of phase inverter. All the calculations used for part selection are laid out in a straight forward manner. The pros and cons of each inverter type is explained. There are no unsubstantiated blanket opinions here.

The formulas may put some people off, but unfortunately, they are necessary if you want to modify or design amp circuits. This book does a far better job of presenting technical material than the Radiotron Designer's Handbook. In my opinion, the problem with the RDH is that it is not written for guitarists. In fact, the electric guitar was not even invented when my the version of the RDH that i own was printed! In this book, after going through the operational aspects and design of a circuit type, Mr. Blencowe will then often show an example of how the circuit is implemented in a well known amplifier. To me, the context is an important link that enables me to associate a circuit with something I have heard before.

The format of the book is similar to the material at Merlin's valvewizard website. There are no glossy color photos of amplifer gutshots, nor are there reams of schematics and layouts for popular amplifiers. There are many graphics in the book, mostly falling into 3 categories.

1. Circuit diagrams showing the components, voltages, etc.
2. Oscilloscope traces showing how a particular vacuum tube responds to a change in load or screen resistor, or how different distortion types manifest themselves in the signal waveform.
3. Sample layouts for circuits

Finally, this is of of the few amp books that I have read that I have used to implement design concepts. Specifically, I am "bootstrapping" the cathode follower and using "diode biasing" for the first preamp stage in the amp I am currently building. Both of these ideas were lifted right out of this book. If you are interested in getting beyond the "paint by numbers" method of building amps and want to design your own amplifier, or modification to an existing amp this book is on the short list of amplifer books that is indispensible.

As yet, I have not bought the companion book on power supplies. It is definitely on my list, however.
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