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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Audio Amateur Pubns (1 Dec. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1882580133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1882580132
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trond Are Øritsland on 29 Sept. 2010
When I received it I was surprised that is was pretty thin. A glossy cover of letter size (A4), inside pages in black and white. For almost every page there is a new circuit or part of a circuit to discover. The book is basically divided in two.

The first part is dedicated to the basic principles, calculating a tubes operating parameters, and showing examples of parts of circuits for various purposes.

The second part of "Tube Audio Design", is mainly a collection of interesting current, well known and historic circuits that cover the ground of basic and more advanced stereo equipment. Preamps, phonostages and power amps as well as a good lab power supply. But you need to be able to read a bit smudgy, and at times small, circuit diagrams. There are general descriptions, and in some cases more detailed discussions of the circuits. Some have been previously published in GlassWare magazine, where Bruce Rozenblit has been contributing editor.
I think it is interesting to have in my shelf, but you can discover more stuff on Glassware, DIYaudio forum and various online sources.

An important theme I miss is the mechanical layout and building of an amplifier, there is another book which covers this theme much better: Building Valve Amplifiers
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Strong Beginning 8 Oct. 1999
By "mrogerc" - Published on
This is a good book for the beginner interested in push-pull tube amplifiers. My only beef would be the very short treatment Single Ended amps are given. For the beginner, the SE typology has the great advantage of simplicity. For me, that outweighs the problems of low power (built my own high efficiency speakers) and expensive transformers. But even after building a kit SET amp, this book helped a great deal with knowledge on how to modify it. And in the field of electronics, the more times you read material from a different perspective, the better.
The only books I have read that are better for beginners are the old Rider series (Basic Electricity and Basic Electronics), which are, alas, long out of print.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A lot of opinion but some good information 9 Nov. 2004
By Bill Fiorucci - Published on
This short book covers construction of tube audio equipment for beginners. I like to build tube audio-it's definitely more homebrew friendly than solid state and often sounds better-but I think one should have a better electronics background before starting these projects than Rozenblit presupposes. I think absolute beginners should start with the bookwork first and then build simple projects such as regenerative receivers with FET's before moving to tubes and then line powered audio gear.

This is a reasonably good but not really comprehensive book, best picked up after you can solder, use test equipment-you cannot build or troubleshoot without a generator and some kind of oscilloscope as well as an AC voltmeter accurate to .1 dB from 20 Hz to at least 30 or 40 kHz, and people who tell you otherwise are misguided or lying-and follow schematics pretty well.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Rozenblit Book informative but not authoritative 12 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
This book is concise and contains much useful information but is not adequate in and of itself to understand how to effectively design tube audio gear.Bruce goes into some detail regarding feedback and stability but without previous experience the reader will be somewhat at a loss to get results.It also does not explain the whys and wherefores of "modern" tube audio practice as they differ from traditional goals and methodologies.
I do recommend this book,but must caution the reader against expecting too much from it.The Germans (Reiner zur Linde) and Japanese (Asano,Shishido et al)ar far ahead of anything published in English to date and until the US press "catches up" or someone translates these works,I think the would-be tube designer would do well to concentrate on literature from the mainstream tube period.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
note to previous reviewer 1 April 2007
By A.Reader1 - Published on
This is a note to previous reviewer "mrogerc" (St. Paul, MN USA). The old Rider series ARE now in print. Details:

Basic Solid State Electronics
ISBN: 0790610426

Basic Electricity
ISBN: 0790610418
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Misleading title 4 Feb. 2012
By MeridianX - Published on
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This may be considered a "beginners guide" for tube audio design......if you have extensive electrical experience. As a rank beginner, I bought this book to help me understand amplifier design so I could better diagnose issues with my tube amplifiers. The first chapter, "What is a vacuum tube", was quite understandable and included a bit more info than I found on the internet. The book, however, went into overdrive for the remaining chapters, full of equations, electrical diagrams and charts that were not very well explained for a beginner. I recognize that things would get technical but I was hoping that as a beginner book there would be some explanation of things before it jumped in. I have experience reading simple wiring diagrams in order to repair small appliances and musical instruments. This book speaks a whole other language. I am sure someone with an solid foundation in electrical design would have no problem, but for the true beginner this book is far from useful.
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