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The Sweetest Starving Student AMP ever!

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I'm sure that most of you (well, some of you) have heard of the Starving Student amp from Pete Millett from DIYAudio. With a bit of resourcefulness, you can make an entry-level tube-amp for around ~$50.

Now, you need an enclosure for the amp, and many people pick card tins, jewelry boxes, trinket boxes, and whatnot. I too was going to use a jewelry box I had... until I found this at a garage sale:
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The pot will be connected to the turn dial, and the heatsinks and tubes will free float in the bubble. The PCB and other crap will be held in an empty space in the bottom part. The power and input will be mounted on the back, and the output will be in the gumball dispenser part. The quarter insert will be filled with a DEVO button that's a bit smaller in diameter than a quarter.

I've got almost all the parts together; I just need the PSU, tubes, and sockets. I am not too worried about the MOSFETs getting too hot, as they are rated up to 175C, which they won't reach.

As soon as I get my tubes of choice, I will start building the amp. I'm pretty excited about this. biggrin.gif
Edited by videoman5 - 10/8/11 at 1:41am
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post #2 of 11
What the hell....I'm gonna have to see this one when its done...
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i love stuff like this
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hmm...curious
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That'll be awesome if it's done right. Subbed! biggrin.gif
    
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Awesome!!!!
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post #7 of 11
Please inspire me!
I've been wanting to make my own PC audio system out of car speakers or some thing.
I'm not very knowledgeable of the subject, but I think I could learn it fast. In High school I was the guy to go to for car audio.

The only bump I have ran in to is price. For what I want to do, it will probably be cheaper to just buy computer speakers... lol
Like I said, PLEASE inspire me to get in to this field of DIY Audio.
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post #8 of 11
Amp for what exactly...
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Originally Posted by Psykhotic;15222052 
Amp for what exactly...

Some somewhat-difficult-to-drive MB Quart 805's.
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post #10 of 11
Oh you mean headphones.
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