What you will learn
Detailed build instructions & how it works
The AE1 kit includes an extensive instruction manual with photos, illustrations, and detailed explanations of how to build the kit and how it works.
Although you can just build the amplifier and enjoy it, you'll get the most out of it if you read all of the additional explanations of how a tube amplifier works. No other kit will provide you with this level of detailed learning. This is a full point-to-point kit so you wire every component and will understand exactly what is happening and why.
Step-by-Step Build Instructions
Part 1 of the instruction manual is a detailed step-by-step guide for how to build the amplifier. Every step is described thoroughly. No experience is required other than some basic soldering skills and you do not need to read schematics to build the kit.
Detailed photos and tips for best techniques
Steps include close-up photos from various angles so you can see what the build should look like, including tips for any tricky parts and explanations or reasons for the steps.
Schematic and layout diagrams
The kit includes the full schematic and a detailed layout diagram with component labels and visualization of wiring.
Detailed explanation of how a tube amplifier works
Part 2 of the instruction manual is an extensive explanation of how tube amplification works, how to draw load-lines, and understand concepts such as distortion, feedback, and filtering. You will walk away with a full understanding of how this circuit works.