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marchunter
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Joined: Sun Dec 26, 2021 11:47 am

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Post by marchunter »

Hi there folks
My name Is Marc. I am a recently retired camera operator. I have been restoring old stereo “junk” for a few years now. Marks videos have always helped and inspired. This year we moved out of California where my work was to Tennessee so I’ve been pretty busy and missed that this forum started up. So I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
This week I just did my first “build from scratch” amp kit, it is the Akitika GT-102. I really enjoyed it. I plan on doing some mono block tube amps next.
Really happy that Mark started the forum. I plan to hang around a lot sucking up knowledge.
See y’all out there.
andYz00m
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Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2022 8:46 pm

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Post by andYz00m »

Hey there, Im Andy. Recording engineer, musician, amateur repair and DIY enthusiast. Im trying to get an electrical engineering education through building and repairing recording equipment (pre amps, compressors, eq, mics, etc). I love vintage equipment and of course tubes.

I came here to have another source of help and knowledge in regards to EE basics as well as tips and advice for circuit repair and design. Found the forum from Mark's SUPER helpful youtube videos.

Thanks!
bay_ampea
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Joined: Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:54 am

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Post by bay_ampea »

Hello!

I'm Milo from the San Francisco Bay Area (my username is a little pun on that). I got into electronics in the last few years via playing guitar. I started with pedals and then moved on to building a guitar tube amp kit and hanging out at the local radio club, fixing up AA5s. I'm currently working on converting an old Filmosound 185 amplifier into something I can use with a guitar (first and foremost taking the chassis out of the circuit :shock:). I also spend way too much time on YouTube soaking up electronics videos like Mark's and other.

I'm hoping to share some of what I work on, ask a bunch of questions, answer anything I'm qualified for (what little that is), and ideally not get into Hi-Fi because guitar is already expensive enough (just kidding... I think).

Looking forward to some fun discussions!
nhertele
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Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2022 11:49 pm

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Post by nhertele »

My name is Nick Hertelendy, I have been fascinated with vacuum tube audio for a while. Have built a few kits and now am jumping into scratch build equipment. By education I am a mechanical engineer that works in the nuclear and aerospace field. Have a lot of background in instrumentation. As A kid I did a lot of electronics work as a radio tech, so trying to reach back 25 odd years! I live in Washington State.
KenCalgary
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Joined: Wed Feb 02, 2022 2:06 pm

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Post by KenCalgary »

Hello, my name is Ken McGuire and I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. My background was financial and corporate planning analysis but retired several years ago. At that time I decided to construct a stereo audio system - without any previous knowledge - and wanted to combine good quality parts, lower purchase costs, and a desire to learn something about audio and electronics. I first constructed 2-way loudspeakers with a kit from Madisound using ScanSpeak drivers. Then came a vacuum tube phono stage/line stage combination using Glassware Tetra phono and Aikido line stage circuit boards. Then a Tubes4hifi ST-120 power amp.

Almost everything has worked out great, but the phono/line stage has had a few issues regarding hum. This, I've felt, is due to it being my first foray into electronics thus poor wire routing practices (signal wires are too close to transformer wires), chassis and signal grounding issues, and too many components in one box. I've solved most of the problems, including using a separate phono stage, but now I've decided to re-do the whole line stage.

I joined this group because I watched a Blueglow YouTube video which clearly and in easily understood terms (for a newbie such as I) explained grounding!
ripHST
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Joined: Fri Feb 04, 2022 6:43 pm

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Post by ripHST »

Hi Everyone,

I'm excited to be here after enjoying so many of Mark's videos. Currently I'm working my way through the KT88 build series and am anxious to jump into a project like that.

I recently started setting up a somewhat-dedicated listening area. I found I was lacking a few things after years of being away from the hobby and started to fill out my kit, but quickly realized I'd rather buy some parts and build something far nicer than I would ever allow myself to buy at retail. This was no doubt brought on by the 2 year rabbit hole I've been down on YouTube trying to learn electronics.

So.....I'm here to learn and contribute in any way I can. Right now I'm focused on trying to learn as much as I can about safety and basic circuit stuff (I'm a complete noob and Mark's videos have been a huge help, I'm also a big fan of Uncle Doug)....but I'm anxious to get started too so I'll probably begin with simpler stuff before I launch into the KT88 project. I'm working on a DIY mic right now, and I bought the boards and parts for the Decware Zen Triode kit so I'm hoping my soldering and schematics reading will improve from those projects. I'd also like to do a SS amplifier so I'm looking at the Akitika and Neurochrome kits. But who knows, maybe once I finish the KT88 videos I'll be ready to jump right into that. As much fun as I'm having soldering PCBs, I really like the idea of point-to-point wiring and really nice tube amp.

I also have some older equipment I'd like to troubleshoot and repair (80-90s vintage Carver and 70's vintage Kenwood)....and a collection of old radios I think I might like to get some advice on. These are the projects that make me most nervous, from a safety standpoint. I noted with interest Mark's mention of the Sams Photofacts in one of his videos so I'm going to see if I can track those down for some of this gear. I'm also still building out my bench so I'm open to any and all feedback on that as well.

Anyway.....I'm looking forward to talking with everyone. It seems to still be a fairly small group, which I think is great. Hopefully there are still a few people active here. thanks in advance...craig
6v6ster
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Joined: Wed Feb 16, 2022 6:31 pm

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Post by 6v6ster »

Hi everyone,
I’ve been into building and fixing tube guitar and recording gear for over 20 years but an new to the tube hi-fi world.
Excited to learn about this corner of the tube audio landscape and will probably have some dumb and basic questions for you all.

Mark love your videos, you explain things so well. I be learned a lot from you in a short time.
All the best to you all.
richwr
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Joined: Tue Feb 22, 2022 4:28 pm

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Post by richwr »

Hello everyone here,

Located in Lewisville, NC and I started this hobby after retiring from IT, just getting into tubes. I bought some stereo equipment and now I want to try and build some of my own.
Looking forward to reading the posts and learning!
JohnInICT
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Joined: Tue Apr 12, 2022 9:48 pm

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Post by JohnInICT »

Hello! I'm John from Wichita, KS. I've been into vintage audio gear for about a decade now, but have only ever dabbled at repair and restoration. I'm pretty good at following instructions and replacing parts, but am still learning how to diagnose issues, read schematics, how to choose components (Series of caps, what transistors will replace others, etc)....
Basically, I know enough to be dangerous....LOL.
I have successfully repaired receivers and even rebuilt a Marantz 1060 with either help or parts lists from others, but not really from start to finish on my own.

I am here to learn and enjoy a forum with like-minded people.

-John
TAMSWR612
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Joined: Thu May 05, 2022 4:29 pm

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Post by TAMSWR612 »

Hey, my name is Delmar I live in Clayton North Carolina. I have associate degree in electronics technology. I worked electronics for 16 years my knowledge of vacuum tubes is very limited. When I took my electronics course back in the late 1980s electron tubes were phased out and transistors and ic's were being taught. The old world electronics of dog bone resistors ,color coded micacaps, tubular paper caps and vacuum tubes are a old world technology that I find fascinating. I enjoy working on old radios and tube amps as a hobby. Thanks for reading my post. Delmar
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