Stereo phono preamp using JAN 6418 tubes

Here is a nice little stereo phono preamp using a pair of JAN 6418 subminiature tubes. This design uses very few components and adds a nice bit of extra oomph and tube tone sparkle to your input signal. I have tested on turntables and cassette decks with great results. Using an IC7660s as a charge … Read more

Sub Mini Tube Booster with the JAN 6418

Here is a stripboard layout I did for a preamp/boost using the JAN 6418 subminiature tubes I have been experimenting with lately. It is based on the schematic from the previous post, but rather than powering the heater with a 1.25-volt battery, I utilized an LM317 voltage regulator and a 100-ohm resistor. This ultra-simple circuit … Read more

Low Power Vacuum Tube PreAmp

I have wanted to learn more about vacuum tubes for years but was always put off by the extremely deadly power requirements. Working with low power sources for so long, I have blown my fair share of capacitors, which is scary enough for me. Recently I discovered the world of sub-miniature vacuum tubes and the … Read more

Germanium Fuzz using MP16b PNP transistors

The perfect layout for using the MP16b transistors that I have been importing from Russia. This layout is based on the Sabro Fuzz Face layout. I moved the bias from inside to the top so you can go from scuzzy velcro to full-on fuzz. I also dropped a line from the vero that was unused. … Read more

Pitch control for cassette players

Figured I might as well post this stripboard layout that I did for the cassette player speed mod. It is based on a drawing from the old Casper Electronics website. Only requires a small piece of stripboard (4×6 ) and 5 components. There are other ways to affect the speed of a tape player motor … Read more