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Message started by 4krow on 03/01/14 at 15:22:53

Post by 4krow on 03/01/14 at 15:22:53

I thought it interesting to look at the new amp that I bought from Steve. Almost no product that I buy goes untouched. In this case, I especially enjoyed the handwritten notes on the underside. Here are a couple of shots.

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by Donnie on 03/01/14 at 15:56:58

It looks like there might be a new builder in training.
Will Decware owners get to be like Aston Martin owners where a certain builder be desirable over another?

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by Doorman on 03/01/14 at 16:16:33

I doubt it, as long as Steve is at the helm.

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Post by clowkoy on 03/01/14 at 18:16:54

What 's with the switches and pot with no connections?

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by 4krow on 03/01/14 at 19:56:03

Aha! good observation. There are also input jacks W/O connections as well. This was the prototype model that Steve was working with, and so the switches were originally to switch back and forth to compare capacitors. The unused pot was what you would get if you chose a single volume control(I chose mono). I already have on order a new set of mono pots with Dale resistors to replace the carbon pots. Interestingly, I will be re-using the switches to implement a BSC circuit for each channel.

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by Lord Soth on 03/02/14 at 12:11:32

That is very interesting!!!

Is the area marked off as "radioactive zone" in the middle some sort of Decware amp builder's inside joke?

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by 4krow on 03/02/14 at 16:04:06

It is referring to the radiated AC field that the power wires have.

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by jsm71 on 03/03/14 at 17:23:50

I'm not into electronics enough to understand exactly what I'm looking at with these interior shots, but I can tell you what I'm glad I'm not seeing.  No cheap circuit boards, random wires running amok, or sloppy soldering.  I built a couple of Heathkits in my youth and I can appreciate tidy work.  Those kits had boards but they were quality and tube heat wasn't part of the equation.  That's how things have a least the potential to last.  The rest is the quality of the parts.

Hurray for craftmanship!  I'm thrilled that Steve goes out of his way to plan the parts layout inside to minimize use of wire.  He clearly seems to enjoy the physical design as much as the end sound.  I have to agree in principle with what the designer is doing and believe he isn't just throwing something together to come to market for me to be willing to sit on those build lists for weeks.  

I don't have this model.  I am enjoying the Torii MK IV and have a ZMA close to ready.  Thanks for the pix though.

Title: Re: SE34I.3 INSIDE OUT
Post by 4krow on 03/03/14 at 18:45:20

A Tori MkIV was my first choice, but not my wallet's. I have owned several Decware amps over the years, and so far my two favorite are this one, and a pair of SV83S Mono blocks(I regret selling them to this day). I had owned the original 34.1, but frankly, it had too many options to twiddle with for a guy like me. I was never done flipping switches, or trying different tube arrangements, let alone rolling tubes. As I recall, the Tori has many tube rolling possibilities that make it an esspecially attractive amp. All in all, the simplicity in Steve's designs are exactly what I desire. Point to point is definately the best way to go, along with best quality components.

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