The Valve Wizard

How to design valve guitar amplifiers!

The Common-Cathode, Triode Gain Stage

The common cathode, triode amplifying stage is the fundamental building block of all amplifiers, and must be fully understood before we have any hope of designing a whole amplifier.

Because this particular topic is so essential to understanding guitar amplfiers, and because most people reading this will be newcomers, I have decided to explain the matter in full detail. This article is also the first chapter from my book Designing Valve Preamps for Guitar and Bass, Second Edition
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