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The Steam Amp 01

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This is a functioning 8 watt per channel valve amplifier that I built. The blue bars behind the glass are UVLED-illuminated acrylic rods. Those cans on top of the amp each has a transformer in it so this sucker is small but HEAVY, and it puts off a ton of heat... but it sounds oh-so-sweet. And louder than you might expect from something with only 8 watts.

I'm in the process of building a set of matching speakers, and will post them when finished.

You can see WIP photos of this project on my blog at www.coppersteam.com

Cheers!
Mike
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2000x1333px 1.11 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D90
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Aperture
F/4.0
Focal Length
24 mm
ISO Speed
640
Date Taken
Jun 12, 2011, 7:04:55 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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SoldierOfDoom's avatar
This would look really good for a steam punk style audio room :)
watcher25's avatar
I guess that is the essence of such machines: heavy, limited perameters and sucks energy like a hog

but it is durable, lives for ungodly amounts of time, and what it does, it does spectacularly

I've heard tubes compared to model T's and transistors compared to Ferraris, there is much to be respected when basic limited manufacturing and engineering parameters are bent to achieve so much on their own  

it is greatly what made things like the AK-47 firearm line have such unyielding success...

I'm temped to think tubes would have a much bigger niche if they were enignieered smarter and smaller and fed not with limited fuel supplies, but renewable energies... which are virtually limitless (although nuclear, when done right, also could last... hundreds of millions of years without ecological threat...)
Harkon72's avatar
Beautiful work indeed!
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you sir!
Geo-Devin's avatar
Mostly Impressive !!!
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!!!
peterpateman's avatar
You are the Boss! That looks beautiful and its functional too! :omfg:
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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blowuupheapsProfessional Filmographer
where did you learn to build valve amps, im not sure which im more impressed by, this amp or that you built it?
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Well, It's not THAT impressive, it was a kit ;-). But I have read up on construction of them, and the next one will be from scratch.. keep posted! Hopefully I won't blow myself up.. haha.

Cheers, and thanks!
Mike
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blowuupheapsProfessional Filmographer
if you would be so kind as to through me the link of the kit, i have always wanted a valve amp and if i could buiild one how cool would that be?. i really love your stuff. the brass touch is reall nice.
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Sure! I bought it at Tube Amp Depot.

Here's the kit I used: [link]

They sell a bunch of different levels of kits there, not too hard to put together either!

Have fun!
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blowuupheapsProfessional Filmographer
thanks man, i am super appreciative.
AetherMechanics's avatar
That's absolutely fantastic!
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Thaks! :-D
OliverBrig's avatar
You carved this out of a block of solid awesome didn't you? Because it is so clearly awesome.
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
hahaha.. why yes I did! Thank you!

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DarkRubyMoonHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the kind of steampunk things I love...functional and beautiful. Awesome job!
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ElkaddalekStudent General Artist
WOOW :jawdrop:
dAkshEN3's avatar
Looks great, can't wait to see the speakers!
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AEvilMikeProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I can't wait to see how they turn out either..
Taka67's avatar
Very cool looking! :boogie:
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