Excited about new Budgie SE build!

a 3W single ended EL84 amp for home, work & school

Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Shannon Parks » Tue Dec 31, 2013 9:11 am

Love it! Kind of anthropomorphic. ;)

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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Audiophyle » Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:28 pm

Yeah..... so a robot face wasnt quite my intention. lol
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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Audiophyle » Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:18 pm

Finally alive & rocking on my desk at work, and couldn't be happier with the sound.

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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Geek » Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:05 am

Audiophyle wrote:Yeah..... so a robot face wasnt quite my intention. lol


I love it as well! :))

First thing I thought of was Dr. Who or Flash Gordon O:)

Must do one of those....
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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Shannon Parks » Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:18 am

That is an office conversation piece, no doubt! BTW, seeing the drafting ruler takes me way back. I must have lost mine years ago.

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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby AmadeusMozart » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:04 am

Nice looking. Is there a specific reason that the transformers have been mounted on spacers?
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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Geek » Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:41 am

Shannon Parks wrote:BTW, seeing the drafting ruler takes me way back. I must have lost mine years ago.


If you were a Canuck, I'd say check Loblaws/Superstore... $0.99 ;)
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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby Audiophyle » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:28 pm

It is quite the conversational piece, its also made my days just fly by jamming to my tunes.
For as much time as I spend on the computer, its nice to bust out the scale & get my hands dirty.

The spacers under the transformers were just to give me some space underneath so I could route the wires into the chassis through a single hole centered under each transformer. Doesnt look all that great, but I am working on some mounting feet milled from acrylic to create a solid base for them while still concealing the wiring. Im already playing with ideas for the next one, ha ha ha.
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Re: Excited about new Budgie SE build!

Postby AmadeusMozart » Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:44 pm

During the last week I came across an old SE design with the EL34 that is routing the power tube's cathode through the secondary of the OPT as feedback, something that was originally done by the McIntosh and the Quad II in their PP amplifiers. Never had seen a proven (old) design before in SE and do not trust someone just modelling it. Modelling is one thing but a model is only an approximation of the real thing. Some stuff models perfect and sounds horrible, other stuff models horrible and sounds delightful.

A SE with the cathode going through the secondary is something I always have wanted to do and had I seen it earlier then I might not have started on the budgie. There are also some nice Magnavox and Motorola designs, Magnavox was in its heydays very well respected and certainly not a cheap amplifier. One of the Motorola designs is interesting too - it is a three channel amp: PP EL84 for the Bass and two SE EL84 for mid and high. So many interesting designs and not enough time to build them all. Too late for me now - due to ill health the Budgie will be my last.

I've recently become interested in open baffle designs, unfortunately they take up a lot of space. Am chasing some pre-loved 8" full range drivers, supposedly as new in the box - do not want to spend big dollars for new ones. (Seas exotic) Waiting for freight cost estimates. Son or son-in-law will be shanghaied into building it for me when they are next visiting us (not living close by). ;)
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