PAF – Power Amp Front-End Kit

CAD $46.00CAD $122.00


PAF is the classic power amp front-end used by London Power in all of its amps, and in hifi amps since the 1940s.

  • use any 12A_7: T,U,Y,X or ECC-81,-82,-83
  • can be used for PP or SE
  • local decoupling and feed-through
  • up to 450V plate supply
  • 7 pages of installation notes

A standard 9-pin dual-triode of the 12A_7 type provides an input stage and a concertina splitter. For push-pull, PAF will produce the highest, cleanest output with 12AT7 – or use a 12AX7 for a British feel. The input stage accommodates negative feedback, and for guitar applications also allows for a ‘presence’ control and various positions for master volumes.

PAF can be used as the front-end for a single-ended (SE) amp with the concertina stage used as a buffer to drive parallel output tubes. Combine PAF with PX66-COMP Power Expander card or with hand-wired power tube sockets.

PAF can be used as the “preamp” for a Champ-style amp with the concertina stage wired for gain instead.

PAF‘s stages can be used independently wired as the front-end of a stereo SE amplifier.

foil side of asssembled PAF power supply front-end by London PowerThe board is silk-screened on both sides, allowing “reversible” construction. This accommodates internal tubes with the tubes and components on the same side of the PCB, or external tubes where the tube and components are on opposite sides of the board.

Note that the combination of PAF + PX66-COMP is the PA66 – the latter are the same PCB but with different wiring notes.

Power requirements: 160-450Vdc at 3mA, plus 6V – 300mA or 12V – 150mA AC or DC.

PCB size: 1.95″ x 2.4″ (50 x 61mm)

Available Configurations:
Standard DIY Kit (PAF-COMP) – Board, parts, socket and construction notes.
Pre-assembled, configured for Internal Tubes (PAF-INT) – Board pre-assembled, set up for internal tubes. Notes included.
Pre-assembled, configured for External Tubes (PAF-EXT) – Board pre-assembled, set up for external tubes. Notes included.
Hard-to-Find Parts Only (PAF-HP) – Board and socket. Notes included.
PCB Only (PAF-PCB) – Just board. Notes included.

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