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Just in Time for the Holidays: A Bonus Episode from Truth About Vintage Amps!
No listener-submitted questions this week. Instead, we introduce you to Joshua Dejaen aka jdflyback on YouTube.
This young electrical engineer from the Pacific Northwest has taken YouTube by storm with a viral video in which he not only built a tube amp from scratch, he actually built the tubes!
Watch Joshua’s video here.
During our chat, we learn how Joshua started building vacuum tubes at home, meet some of the basic tube builders/electrical engineers who have inspired him along the way, and learn more about Joshua’s building process. We also learn about the dangers of microwave transformers and much more.
Joshua has included a schematic for the spot welder he used in his pipe making video. Check out the show notes at fretboardjournal.com or visit our Instagram/Patreon pages.
Other references mentioned by Joshua:
‘Saga of the Vacuum Tube’ by Gerald FJ Tyne (order link for reinforced parts)
‘Materials Technology for Electron Tubes’ by Walter H. Kohl (Link Tubebooks.org)
This week’s episode is sponsored by Calton Cases, Amplified Parts and Grez Guitars. You can also use discount code FRET10 to save 10% on your Izotope purchase.
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In early December we’re celebrating TAVA’s third anniversary with Ep. 106. Submit your amp questions, recipes and lifehacks to the show via firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to share the show with friends on social media.
The Truth About Vintage Amps is hosted by amp tech Skip Simmons. Co-hosted and produced by the fretboard journalis Jason Verlinde.
Want to see all of the past topics discussed on the TAVA Podcast? Click here for all show notes on one page.
Below: jdflyback’s spot welder, as detailed in this week’s episode. (Build at your own risk!)