Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Tarragona Audio

Pictured below are 14 pieces of lovingly hand crafted nickel for an all out design of a microphone preamp by our good friend Peter in Berlin.

This device is unique because unlike the typical professional "buffer it all and let god find the music" approach of some, Peter harkens back to the days of yore when transformers and inductors were the proper tools to use and what something sounded like actually mattered.

The 14 permalloy pieces consist of 4 - DC carrying output transformers that load active devices, 2 - level control autoformers, 2 - tapped filter chokes, 4 - nickel power supply chokes, an input transformer and a phantom power choke.  No caps exist outside the power supply and at the next ETF I will lobby for some filament supplies.  As it stand, i think it is awesome and if given the choice between using transformer loaded Fet's and chokes or tubes and caps I think peter made a wise choice.

full details of this design can be found at Tarragona Audio

Friday, February 16, 2018

GM70, Silver and Nanocrystalline

Just finished these up for a GM70 amp Jeffrey is building for a customer.  They are wound with 0.9999 pure silver wire on big nanocrystalline cores.

The silver winding wire is brought out for direct connection to the circuit.  While I am a firm believer that it is the amp designers responsibility for the ultimate packaging aesthetic, I do have some 125mm cubed aluminum covers that will cover them if needed.

After many years of insisting that doing multiple taps only adds to the compromises I want to avoid in a design, I have finally come up with results that I deem acceptable.  Below are the plots of a similar transformer wound with the ability for 4, 8 and 16 ohm taps.

For behavior below 100hz I look at the inductance plots to make the best choice of inductance vs. current for the intended application and set the air gap accordingly.  The plots below were taken with the equivalent of a 16W excitation voltage @ 50hz.  Pink would be suitable for a parallel 300B,  Brown an 845 or GM-70 and something inbetween green and blue could be chosen for a 211.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Nickel and Amorphous L1's

These just came out of the oven both for Choke Input power supplies.

The bigger one is on an amorphous core and weighs in at 14 pounds will find service in a GM-70 amp.  18Hy @ 250ma for a 1000V B+  The smaller pair are on 49% nickel and measure in at 100hy @ 20ma.
Autoformer for size reference:-)

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