DEUXamp Concept Art.



Once More Into the Breach

Well it’s been about 6 months since I sent off the Dimensional Analysis Engine, and after that time away from my sculpture work I think I’m finally ready to begin my next project. A lot has happened since June. I changed my day job to something that’s a bit less of a hinderance to my happy place, and also I spent quite a bit of time away from my island on the mainland helping my sister care for our ailing mother in Orlando, and I’m not sure if it was just all of the free time on my hands, or the onus of impending death and my fear of mortality, but I was inspired to pick up the blow torch and chase that rabbit down the hole again. Regardless of reason though, I returned to key West after a month away with a solid design for my next project, and a renewed vigor. I enjoyed building my Steam Amp project so much that I’ve decided to revisit the valve amplifier idea.. except in a much, much larger way. At this time I’m just calling this project DEUX. Partly because it’s my second amp project, but mostly because it’s a pair of mono blocks.. that is, there are two of them. One for the left channel, and one for right channel. The circuit is a hotrodded version of the Dynaco MK III, which uses a pair of KT-88 output tubes, and puts out 60 watts per channel. I can’t wait to hear these babies!!! You’ll notice also from the concept sketch up above that I’m kind of taking this in a deco direction, which leaves it pretty squarely pointing towards diesel punk instead of steampunk, or maybe somewhere in between.. who knows. I have decided that I no longer want to try to force my work into one genre. Steampunk is awesome, and done well can be quite beautiful (just look at Art Donovan’s work), but I fear that mainstream steampunk and I have grown even farther apart than we were in the beginning of my journey, and as much as I love it, I feel like we should date other Genres. I don’t know.. I just can’t look at another spray painted nerf gun and feel like there’s anything real there. Don’t get me wrong.. I’m in no way bashing steampunk.. hell, it’s my bread and butter here, I just want some jam on my bread too. There will of course be a matching set of speakers, but I have yet to pry that design out of the dusty recesses of my cranium. They will be audiophile quality to match the level of the amps, and the system together should be totally freaking awesome sounding.. as you can tell I have high expectations.. haha. Cheers Ævil

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