Tuesday, 16 May 2017


The Decware ZKIT2 Zen Triode Stereo amplifier kit.

The new Pcb's have just arrived.

And here are the components.

I thought that I would assemble everything 'in the rough' and then decide what kind of enclosure I would use once everything was assembled and working. Something like this: below.

Here we go..

Next step is to order the tubes and the transformers.. Edcor and Hotrocks.uk.

The transformers arrive.

The finished thing, sounding fantastic, really
making the Scott amplifiers sing.

My next step is to create a case for the amp and then researching how to add a tube phono preamp.                                                  
Been thinking about a case for the amp, but most people say that they just like the look of it as it is, all wires and stuff.                          

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ezra Pound.

Looking for Ezra Pound's Home in Venice.

It turns out that there are two Calle de Querini in venice and one of them is where Ezra Pound lived with his mistress Olga Rudge.

And it's not this one in the Campo San Zaccaria.

But this one in the Dorsodoro Region on the Rio de la Fornace.

And it still has Olga's name on the bellpush.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Four days in Venice.

Four days in Venice.

 The Grand Canal.
             La Fenice Opera House.
 The Rialto.

St. Marks Square.


Monday, 7 November 2016

6T9 Valve Audio Amplifier.

The inspiration for this project was given by Mark Houston who wrote up his experiences of making and modifying the Spare Time Gizmo amplifier described in Nuts and Volts magazine. Marks experience was that with a few mods the quality of this cheap valve audio amplifier could be able to out perform many of the expensive Solid State counterparts.

The Printed Circuit Board arrives.

The components arrive and now the assembly can begin.

Continuing the assembly.

The Iron arrives, now for phase two of the assembly.

Assembling the 6T9 Tube amp ready for wiring.

Putting the pcb into the tray and aligning and securing it into the created holes was a slow process.
Now it all has to be wired up.


With all the wiring done it's onto the testing stage.


My next step is to clean all the wiring up and mount it all into a more respectable case and dispense with the Oven Dish. Something like this from Hammond Manufacturing. 

So now the 6T9 Tube Amplifier can be nicely boxed into this lovely base that was made by Martin, my friend, out of cherry wood.

The hardest part was drilling the 3mm copper sheet for the top cover.

Here is what the finished amp looks like