Does anyone care to ask an amplifier designer a technical question? My door is open.


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I design Tube and Solid State power amps and preamps for Music Reference. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering, have trained my ears keenly to hear frequency response differences, distortion and pretty good at guessing SPL. Ive spent 40 years doing that as a tech, store owner, and designer.
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Perhaps someone would like to ask a question about how one designs a successfull amplifier? What determines damping factor and what damping factor does besides damping the woofer. There is an entirely different, I feel better way to look at damping and call it Regulation , which is 1/damping.

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Hello Roger, thanks again for this opportunity seeing you worked for Harold Beveridge , I have two questions, 1). I have a pair of Beveridge 2SW's with a panel that has gone south. I am looking to make a jig to tension the mylar film. Can you shed some light on how to rebuild the panels, I have some background info on the mylar but would like to know the tension techniques to properly rebuild.

Question 2), I had purchased a set of Counterpoint SA-4's about 2 years ago needing repair/restoration. One was functional one was not but found one tube had vented, I think it was due to mishandling during transportation.

Can you give info on what to check for, and possible ECO's on this amp so I can proceed with a restoration for a set of Quad 63's I am planning to use them on.

Best Regards,    
Roger,
          Thank you for the comments about Beveridge speakers. Could you also make some mention about the power transformer of these direct drive amps?  Should it be so difficult to find a source to rewind these transformers making the amplifiers operational again? I have had 4 amps where this is an issue (in both Beveridge 2 and 2sw amps.) My original pair model 2’s had this issue upon purchase (long story.)

This power transformer issue and panel issues seem to be what keep these speakers from being more highly coveted today. Thanks again for your generous participation on this thread. 
Re: Beveridge
Hi, Roger,
You'd worked on the Bev DD amps for my Model II's when you were situated in Santa Barbara.  Unfortunately, Rick was unable to complete the restoration process and my panels require attention.  Can you assist?
Thanks for the attention.
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Sam
Roger, thanks for your time.
Some of the technical talk on this thread is way over my head so I’ll have to bone up on my tube electronics, which I learned over 50 years ago in college, then became a computer jock so I forgot about them until recently.
I am sold on tubes for analogue audio but am confused by all of the information on power. I see from many posts that tube power need not be very high or as high as the speaker manufacturer claims as a requirement, i.e. a 200 WPC SS amp is needed to drive a speaker with 85db sensitivity (the manufacturer requires a minimum of 75 WPC, but likes at least 100 WPC), yet I have used a tube power amp with 40 WPC on the speakers and it sounds terrific. I have read that it is in the output transformers and SS amps are generally direct coupled.
Will you please explain this phenomenon?

Thanks. Rollin
Well, that just figures, doesn't it? Living way out here in Wyoming, my chances of having a conversation about this is more than rare. Then in the last few weeks, I have an opportunity to tap into 3 different audio engineers, electronic engineer, amp designer. It's funny how that can be.
  So here is something that probably has been asked before, but there are just too many pages for me to go through. Why shouldn't decent tone controls, and maybe even loudness controls come back in fashion? For it is simply that I need them at times, being 61. Now, mind you, I have bought many a product in the past that had such controls that were not worth the solder. Then, I got ahold of a low cost Yamaha integrated that changed my mind about such things. When it came to a loudness control, they chose NOT to increase the bass/treble, but instead to reduce the midrange. Cool idea. Other companys were spot on in the thinking tone controls whose turn over frequency for that particular control could switched to a more desirable frequency to start the correction. So if you were to use the bass control, you might have a choice of adjustment starting at either 100 hz or lower, at 60 hz, for example. The fact that these could be switched out of circuit when not needed, is enough for me to buy such a product.

  Your thoughts...