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Save 10% and get two of our popular books suitable for beginners - but still enjoyed by experts!
Ready Set Go! and Tonnes of Tone - get ready to build!

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Ready Set Go! - An Electronic Reference for the Everyman

By Kevin O'Connor, ©1999, ISBN 0-9698-608-5-4

     82 pages, 8-1/2" x 11", spiral bound with clear protective covers;
     43 figures (schematic diagrams)

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"The journey of 1,000 miles begins with just one step."

The task of mastering electronics is a daunting one. There is much to learn, and many directions of study.

You may already have an interest in a specialized area of electronics such as audio, computer hardware or ham radio. However, before you delve into such detailed areas, you must begin with the basics.

Ready Set Go! makes an excellent first step.

Material covered includes:

  • Schematic symbols
  • Resistor colour codes & capacitor colour codes
  • Standard resistor and capacitor values
  • Standard notation and prefixes
  • Current
  • Voltage
  • Capacitance
  • Inductance
  • Power
  • Ohm's Law
  • Lenz's Law and the "Right Hand Rule"
  • Kirchhoff's current law
  • What happens when you place resistors, capacitors and inductors in series or parallel
  • Impedance and transformers

Your knowledge will be enhanced by experience, but your understanding will be incomplete without some information about the underlying principles. Ready Set Go! explains these principles in clear, concise language.

The language of electronics is mathematics, but Ready Set Go! sets forth the basic principles using nothing beyond add, subtract, multiply and divide. Each new principle and relationship is supported by a simple, practical example - worked out with all steps clearly shown.

Electronics is made up of simple, little things - but there are a lot of them! The "little things" at the heart of all electronics can be found in Ready Set Go!

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Tonnes of Tone - Electronic Projects for Guitar and Bass

By Kevin O'Connor, ©1996, ISBN 0-9698-608-2-X

     105 pages, 8-1/2" x 11", spiral bound with clear protective covers;
     65 figures (schematic diagrams)

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Tonnes of Tone features operational information and construction guidelines for an array of useful projects:

  • The "Mandatory Project", intended to prevent future projects from "going up in smoke."
    Also included: tips on setting up a convenient workspace.
  • Acoustic Preamps - save hundreds of dollars with these simple projects that will enable
    you to use your existing amplifier with an acoustic instrument.
  • Experimenter's Power Supply - a dedicated bench supply to power any tube-based project. Supplies enough power for any preamp up to six 12AX7s, or for a small 15W tube amp.
  • Electric Guitar Preamp - using two 12AX7s, includes a clean and a dirty channel, with separate EQ for each.
  • Bass Preamps - with an explanation of what is unique to a tube preamp for bass, and how modern techniques can improve tonal flexibility.
  • Small Tube Power Amp - build a 10W-15W power amp and learn the principles of tube amplification.
  • Class-A Solid-State Power Amp - a simple circuit designed for hi-fi is adapted to guitar use.
  • Reverb Unit - build a stand-alone reverb using readily available parts for a classic tube sound.
  • Wide-Range Tremolo Circuit - can be used as a pedal or incorporated into an existing amp
    to free up a tube.

Each project uses off-the-shelf parts that are inexpensive and easy to find. Background information, assembly and testing tips are provided for each circuit, to enhance understanding.

The intended reader should have experience with a soldering iron and multimeter. The ability to read a schematic diagram is helpful but not essential.

Note: Tonnes are metric "tons".  :)

About London Power

London Power was founded in 1990 by Kevin O'Connor, after two decades of research into innovative audio amplification techniques. Kevin is an audio designer, author and speaker, known for his proprietary methodology called Power Scaling, and for his eleven books on audio subjects. Whether you seek amps, kits or information, you'll find useful answers here on not just the "how" but the "why" of audio amplifier design. Please enjoy the information on this site, and don't hesitate to contact us with questions.

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