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The MYSTERY AMP ! (Read 156538 times)
Steve Deckert
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The MYSTERY AMP !
04/05/13 at 03:55:19
 
I'm working on something new. This is a picture of it. A creative moment captured just before things get serious... kind of like the long ride to the top of a roller coaster. Not entirely sure what will happen during the heat of it, but it's sure to be memorable and who knows, I might learn something! (BTW, I have discovered the reason you never quit learning is because you start forgetting things you already knew.)




What makes this the mystery amp?  Lack of information. Thought you might enjoy speculating on what it might be. The only hint is that it is not replacing anything in the current amplifier line. I know, it's an obvious hint, but that's all I'm giving up.

-Steve  ;)
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Reply #1 - 04/05/13 at 04:01:20
 
Hi Steve, can you at least tell us if it is an "Integrated" or not? Huh
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Reply #2 - 04/05/13 at 05:07:16
 
Well, I don't know anything about the technology behind Decware's great amps, but this one seems to me some kind of dual mono design, around only 4 tubes per mono side, with two volume pots and a treble control.

It seems also to show toroidal transformers and what may be a push-pull arrangement, with only two output tubes (in PP) and two drivers, per mono side.

It also seems to show (maybe), two gauges per mono side, one for each of the PP output tubes on each mono side.

Or not!
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Reply #3 - 04/05/13 at 05:26:38
 
Lets see, four gauges, two caps that look like the ones from the Torii Monos, two stereo volume pots, one master in the center.
My guess would be a 4 channel home theater amp.

John
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Reply #4 - 04/05/13 at 05:39:53
 
Quote:
My guess would be a 4 channel home theater amp.

Now, that would be cool.
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Reply #5 - 04/05/13 at 07:40:08
 
Please be a full function preamp with built in phono!
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Reply #6 - 04/05/13 at 13:56:07
 
What a brutal tease! It looks like two channels with four tubes per side, two power and two input? And a volume with maybe a bass and treble pot on either side of it? And four gauges? I am thinking a high wattage integrated.
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Reply #7 - 04/05/13 at 17:22:04
 
I would go for the world's first high performance telephone answering machine...
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Reply #8 - 04/05/13 at 18:54:00
 
There could be a couple of tube sockets lying behind the gauges...phono signal ? Two gains and a master volume dial ? Big smoothing caps...No transformer. Now if you were to build a 2 unit amp with outboard power supply.......
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Reply #9 - 04/06/13 at 05:00:20
 


A view from above with the glow of my Edison lamp capturing the focus of the camera lens... basically a slow drip of karma off the bulb onto the amplifier is one of the ingredients of this fine recipe.

Steve
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Reply #10 - 04/06/13 at 20:54:16
 
Looks like you are close to listening tests! May there be many more drops of creative karma to clarify musical reality!
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Reply #11 - 04/09/13 at 05:10:59
 
Anymore clues?
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Reply #12 - 04/09/13 at 17:08:08
 
Well, I'm not where near close to a listening test yet, as I'm doing this in my spare moments of which there are few...  so plan on it taking awhile...

Here is another clue.



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Reply #13 - 04/09/13 at 17:32:35
 
With only two caps on the inside power area, I guessed those new round things behind the gauges might be power supply. This pic makes more sense since Steve is into "overdoing" the power supply so that there is well enough....bigass power supplies? I am still hanging with the high power integrated.
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Reply #14 - 04/09/13 at 22:08:33
 
What about a KT88 integrated?
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