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Millett "Starving Student" hybrid amp

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  1. tomb
    The original Starving Student Millett Hybrid kits are again available at Beezar Audio. These kits are based on the Dsavitsk of ECP Audio's PCB design, all based - of course - on Pete Millett's original. The kit includes a black-anodized Hammond case, custom machined by Hammond. Tubes are the original 19J6 tubes. Power supply is the original Cisco power supply. All parts are included to make a fully functioning headphone amplifier - including knob, tube LEDs, even thermal grease for the heat sinks. The only thing not included is wiring and solder.

    There are 40 kits total, while they last. The last time these kits were offered was in 2014. It may be that long - or longer - before they're available again. :)

    Last edited: Jul 25, 2018
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  2. skajohyros
    International shipping is a killer.
  3. tomb
    I can't help that. USPS is as cheap as it gets, but the package is more than 3 lbs. That works out to only $37.25 for Canada, but Mexico is $47.50. Those are the two cheapest, while most of the others are over $50. I also offer UPS and FedEx, but both of their cheapest international services are close to $200 for most countries.

    If you have a suggestion for another carrier, I'd be happy to look into it. :)
  4. antdroid
    Just ordered one of these from you last night. I needed a new DIY project and this looks like something that satisfies my urge to DIY and a little amp to bring to the office at work.
  5. Wiljen
    You should have a blast with the little Millett as there is a ton you can do with one if you choose to go the not-so-starving route.
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  6. antdroid
    I just finished the @tomb Beezar version of the SSMH. It was a fun little project that took me 2 nights to complete. Really appreciate Tom's great information and advice he gave me while I was waiting for the package to arrive. Now I need to go build a proper XLR to 1/4" adapter. I have 3 different adapters going on in the photo :)

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    Last edited: Aug 29, 2018
  7. ThanosD
    Hello, I was thinking about building on of these for my self, the 12AU7 version, and I was wondering if I could use another power supply, such as a simple switching 48V 3A from ebay
  8. skajohyros
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2018
  9. ThanosD
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2018
  10. Wiljen
    The Cisco is a switch mode supply as well so as long as the specs are similar it should work. The only caveat is that the power supply is minimal and getting the tube heaters running can cause the power supply to reset as the current draw at startup can overload it. This was more so the case with the 19j6 than with the 12AU7 but still worth considering as If I were going to substitute a power supply, it would be for one with a higher amperage rating and a heavier duty cycle. Anything smaller (electrically speaking) is probably courting mishaps.
  11. skajohyros
    A bit ghetto but it works. IMG_20171209_231400.jpg IMG_20171231_161625_HDR.jpg
  12. antdroid
    Nice computer, i mean, amp :)
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  13. tomb
    Great job! :)
  14. tomb
    Anyone have any experiences with the Starving Student and the HD58X or the HD660, which I understand is similar (low impedance)? Someone is asking in the SSMH build thread and I thought this might be a better place.
    kickngas likes this.
  15. caenlenfromOCN
    I use my starving student with the HD58X, sounds fantastic.
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