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12/02/12 at 03:40:42
 
Any reason one could not do a ZKIT-1 Point to Point without using the
printed board? just using the schematic to wire every thing together.

It would seam to make it easier to locate the layout of the transformers, tube. input and output. Where I would like to place them in the case.

I'm a newbie and I have started ordering the component to build one.

I guest my next step is to order the board however I would like lyaout of the tubes and the transformer differently.

Any input is greatly apriciated.

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Reply #1 - 12/02/12 at 18:04:05
 
I know MattG wired his amp dual mono...one side with the board, the other PTP.  Perhaps he can chime in.  I didn't trust myself to not use the PCB.  I understand your layout issues.  I assume you want to put the output transformers inside the case, not the power transformer????

Good luck with your build!

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Reply #2 - 12/03/12 at 01:09:48
 
I'm just trying to figure out how i'm going to layout everything.
So I'm reading all I can before I start.
I'm most likely going to use the board because I think I will end up with a better product.
What I like to do is change the layout of the tubes in a strait line and the transformers in the back in a strait line on top of the case.

Coud I connect the tube sockets to the board using wire???
Or Would that cause inteference?

I still need to order some parts and the case.
This is my first built and I cant't wait to get started however I want to take my time and get it right.
So I need to keep learning all I can.

I have a pair of 79 Klipch Cornwall that I can't wait to hear with a tube amp .
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Reply #3 - 12/03/12 at 03:44:39
 
I'm no expert, but...

I was told that if the transformers are all on top, it's a good idea to rotate the power transformer 90 degrees from the output transformers.  As far are wiring the sockets from the board...not sure.

Here's a picture of my project so far.  Going slow, as it's a tight fit.  Have two of these...the first I really messed up.  I hope the guy who built them for me can fix it.  I was worried about the symmetry, but I think it turned out ok.  

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Reply #4 - 12/03/12 at 03:47:01
 
Here'a a picture of the inside.  I bolted the board to the top of the chassis, let's me work from the bottom

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Reply #5 - 12/03/12 at 22:09:34
 
It does look good.
I like your case.What size is the case. You say it tight I may want to go a
little larger.
I just think if I could get the tube socket to be on top of the case
I think it would look even better. Maybe there is a way to still mount them to the board and have the sockets on top of the case. I guest I will see when I get all the parts together.Take your time, Thats what I plan on doing.Thanks for the picture Mike.  
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Reply #6 - 12/03/12 at 23:27:48
 
Internal dimensions are 8 1/2 W, 8 1/4 D, and 2 7/16 H.  Keith (po1019 on Ebay) will make any size you need.  Oh...forgot to mention.  I'll be driving my modified '85 Klipschorns (still working on them, as you can see).

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Reply #7 - 12/04/12 at 01:01:09
 
I just ordered the board and the transformers were ordered last week. Klipchorns those will sound sweet.
I'm trying to send a photo of my Cornwall but I not having any luck.
It seams the file is to large.
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Reply #8 - 12/04/12 at 14:10:15
 
Hint...I opened the picture in Microsoft Paint, resized it, and saved the smaller version.  Went from 6 meg to 400k.

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Reply #9 - 12/04/12 at 23:12:34
 
Hi Mike,
I'm trying to post a photo of my Cornwalls,
I cant see it in the preview so I guest you are not goint to see it.
I have reduce the size of it. Will See.

I did get my Mouser order in so some of the parts are comming in.
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Reply #10 - 12/04/12 at 23:54:47
 
Beautiful!  My brother has a pair he bought in the 70's.  Can still remember listening to SuperTramp from a block away.

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Reply #11 - 12/05/12 at 00:52:17
 
I see I was able to get the photo up.

I purchase them in 84 from an audio store. The previous owner
had just upgraded to Klipshorn's.

Back in the 70's a friend of mine had a pair powered by a Harmon Kardon.
I remember the police telling us that the people next block over were complaining. We were probably lisening to SuperTramp.
Great memory's

These days I power mine with a Denon AVR-3805.
They still sound great.
I have never been able to listen to them on tubes
I can't wait to hear them with tubes.

Thanks for the photo tip.

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Reply #12 - 12/08/12 at 03:24:41
 
Hi Real, I've done the Zen amp PTP using the schematic, so I may be able to help.
I don't see any reason you couldn't run wires from the tube sockets to the pcb. You will want to use shielded wires for the inputs of the preamp tubes - same as from the RCA jacks to the board.
So yes, you should be able to wire up the layout you choose!
Since I ended up with 2 amps in 1 box, 1 pcb and 1 PTP, I ended up going with the pcb tube layout and just mirroring it for the PTP amp.
Some pics here
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/adsdzhsparh37d5/uIKLc4tBTq
I then just arranged tag strips around the tube sockets and attached components & wires.

Have fun!
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Reply #13 - 12/09/12 at 16:21:30
 
Hi Matt
I received my board yesterday.
I think I'm going to do a combination of using the board and point to point. Thanks for the advise on using shielded wire.
I'm still in the planning stages.I'm getting all the parts together and
trying to decide on the layout.
The layout on yours seam to have worked out very well.
Your amp looks sharp how do you like the sound?

Real
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Reply #14 - 12/10/12 at 16:26:02
 
I'm very happy with the sound!
Just happy to have a complete system now and enjoying the vinyl hunt Smiley
I do have some hum, even with the artificial CT/100 ohm resistors on the heaters - some time I need to double check I did that correctly, or maybe the hum is coming from something else, but honestly, once the music starts, it's unnoticeable, so ehh...
Anyway, good luck with your layout, I'm sure it'll work out fine!
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