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Old 6th Nov 2017, 2:35 pm   #1
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Default Why did Ferrograph do this?

Here's a photo of the amplifier in a Ferrograph 6 series. I wonder why they chose to install the valves in this way? It seems quite labour-intensive and therefore expensive!
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Old 6th Nov 2017, 3:12 pm   #2
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Hi,
Do they plug into a second valve holder in the chassis?
If so, and it's just my guess, maybe it's a convenient way to alter the amp characteristics and/or equalisation curves, etc.
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Hi Pete,
The valveholders on the chassis have only the interconnecting wiring, most of the passives are wired in between the B9A plug and the remote valveholder. It is quite odd!
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Service by module replacement?

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Default Re: Why did Ferrograph do this?

It's not a cheap way to do things, but it does make repairs, ad-hoc changes/customisations a lot easier.

Plenty of stuff in the 1950s/early-60s - specially military gear and 'instrumentation' like oscilloscopes - was built similarly. The US called these "cordwood modules". The "Philbrick" company in the US produced op-amps using the same idea -

http://www.cowardstereoview.com/analog/philk2w.jpg

http://www.dvq.com/oldcomp/analog/Ph...dium/gapr2.JPG

in 1952!

[This being one of the designs which made the late Bob Pease famous].
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Default Re: Why did Ferrograph do this?

Its not unique to the Ferrograph 633 , Revox also did a similar thing. It offers space saving economies as the 633 is a three head design so more circuit to squeeze into the same space as a conventional two head mono design. The stereo models utilised an extra chassis. Malcom Hill designed this model.

A neat solution.

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Thanks Terry, it seems like a neat solution to a real-estate problem!
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