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    It IS an ultralinear topology. FYI, the ST-70 always had an ultralinear topology. My next version is going to use a pair of KT88s and I've got a monster output transformer for it with taps for ultralinear topology. As I said, this is a proof of concept prototype. I wouldn't go into...
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    In other words, many guitar players are almost deaf. Scott A. Novak
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    25 pages of people mostly whining. Me thinks that you all doth protest too much. Scott A. Novak
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    I've often wondered why so many guitar players seem to prefer the bridge pickup. It always seems too bright to me. Apparently this is the reason why. It's been a while since I had my hearing checked, but I was hearing up to 17,500HZ in both ears. Scott A. Novak
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    For whoever wanted to see photos of my "non-existant" amplifier, here it is. This is a non-existant proof of concept prototype. It's is obviously not ruggedized for gigging. And no, you don't get to see the good stuff underneath until to goes into production. Before anyone asks, it is not...
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    Dave, Be my guest and show us what you know. It's hardly a trade secret, but amazing how many times people don't load matching transformers correctly. Not to mention mic mixers that have input attenuators with non-constant impedance. Scott A. Novak
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    Mahogany!!! Scott A. Novak
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    Antigua

    I don't see the need. But I could show you folks how to correctly load an impedance matching transformer so that it isn't bright or harsh sounding. Scott A. Novak
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    Antigua

    And you've done listening testing to prove this? I've actually done the listening testing to prove that it does make a difference. One test is worth 1,000 opinions. I can also show you the measurable effects on the workbench I also make low characteristic impedance speaker cable. FYI, there...
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    I have already designed and built a great sounding and reliable power amplifier stage. The power supply has been designed so that there is no hum produced when the amplifier is driven into clipping. It has a wide bandwidth without the use of negative loop feedback. It has fewer parts than...
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    That is a process that takes time with a lot of hurry on and wait in the meantime. I had been thinking about making low impedance pickups for a while now and finally decided to order parts a year ago. I read every pickup related patent that I could find. I watched pickup builder's YouTube...
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    Gotta start someplace. But what I design will handle both low or high impedance pickups. Essentially, I'll be giving people more tonal options, not less. I also have a new approach to adding distortion. That is an extremely limited system. It's not even going to have the tonal range of what...
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    To put it simply, tube rectifiers suck and have been obsoleted by fast soft recovery rectifiers. Dual tube rectifiers only suck 1/2 as much because their impedance is halved. Early solid state rectifiers created too much RF noise that radiated throughout the amplfier and the diodes were...
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    Antigua

    I also plan to make preamplfiers, power amplifiers, and integrated amps with both high and low impedance inputs. The high impedance input would have an adjustable frequency compensator for the pickup's resonant peak so no other compensation need be introduced into the tone control circuits. A...
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    Antigua

    There are guitar players that never use their volume or tone controls and some guitars without any tone controls at all. Of course there have also been some guitars with a gazillion controls on them. Those didn't fare very well. I played with tonal shaping before and after the fuzz box even...
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    Not until I'm ready to go into production. I've still got more experimentation to do, such as trying different magnet types and finalizing the actual impedance, determining the optimum magnet strength, etc. My pickups are designed to replace the magnets from the front without having to remove...
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    You can call it opinion, but I've already done the testing to back up my claims. Just because you haven't yet heard a demonstration doesn't make my claims any less true. Nobody is preventing you from doing your own testing. I never made such an argument. I just said that low impedance...
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    No, I said matched pickup coils referring to a humbucking pickup. I did NOT say matched pickups. However, if you have wideband pickups I know of no good reason not to use matched pickups. And what I actually said was: "The tonal balance of the amp may be optimized to sound good with a Gibson...
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    I've never seen a Dumble amp in my lifetime. I have looked at Dumble schematics and never saw anything to write home about. I'm skeptical about the alleged greatness of Dumble amps. I'm curious to hear one, but i didn't see anything in the schematics to impress me enough to seek out a Dumble...
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    Antigua

    Considering the pedal addictions that most guitarists seem to have, what's one more pedal? Plus it wouldn't surprise me if they didn't already have a pedal with tone shaping controls. But you still hear the Strat and Tele players talking about setting their pickup combinations to reduce the...




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