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Build your own tube amp

by Josh lasserre last modified Aug 23, 2006 09:39 PM
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Build your own tube amp

Posted by Josh lasserre at August 23. 2006

I’ll be teaching this starting September 7th at the Lonestar School of Music, ( and continuing for 7 more weeks . This class is for those who can only make music by playing a stereo and I think there is a duty to play it as well as possible.

This class is based around the construction of this amplifier kit:

Part of this is to get folks into diy high resolution audio but mostly to get folks closer to listening and enjoying music. Read on I think you'll find this really cool. Don't let the science experiement look fool you, the eventual packaging is up to you. The site also sells a cool retro looking metal chasis.

The classes begin on September 7th and will go on for 7 weeks with a different topic each week. Here is a preliminary syllabus:

Week one September 7th- Lee Roitberg “Soldering and Safety”

How not to kill yourself while building this amp

Week two September 14th- Jonathan Edwards “What is a Vacuum Tube”

Jonathan has an incredible collection of tubes, at this session he’ll tell what a tube does

Week three September 21st- Robert Johnson “Time Concept in Music”

Robert is a multi-instrumentalist and will talk about beat and time as he drops the needle of his favorite pieces of vynil

Week four September 28th-Alex Keller “How an audio Recording is Made”

Alex owns and runs a recording studio named Singular Audio which is housed at the school. He’ll take the class through the full recording process

Week five October 5th-John Day “Tweaking the 12G”

This class will focus on strategic tweaks to this little kit that improve the sound.

Week six October 12th-Roe Fleenor “DIY Music Server”

Roe and Lee have been working to put together a high resolution music server which resolves some of the problems associated with conventional music players

Week seven October 19th -UNKNOWN.:

Possible options:

Beyond the Kit-Scratch built amps and what they sound like. Maybe Luther would be interested is showing off his wares

Diy interconnects

Speakers: Anyone up for doing a session on speakers? Basically you can bring your speakers and talk about how they were built and what makes them sound better or worse. This class could also focus on diy interconnects etc. I need help here, anyone? Anyone?

Week eight October 26th- Time for a party and listening session. I’ll make a gumbo and have a veg option too. We’ll get together to listen to music on the 12G, swap construction stories and have a good time, drop the needle on some vinyl etc.

Mainly this is for beginers but all are welcome of course. The kit is $150 and the class after discount is $112 making it $262.00. This will be a fun and educational time. Drop me a line if you're interested. You can register online and get the discount there. Check out the website, it is pretty cool.

Best, Josh Lasserre 512-627-7023

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