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SQUELETTE, THE BARE-BONES AMPLIFIER

By Ross Hershberger

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Photograph by Sam Murphy

SKELETAL SYSTEM

Squelette is a see-through amplifier that sounds ridiculously good while showing off your soldering (it looks nothing like a typical audio product). Build it with common materials and enjoy music played through a component you made yourself.

I love to build audio gear: speakers, turntables, preamplifiers, tube amps, transistor amps, and anything else that reproduces music. A few years ago I read rave reviews of an exotic audiophile amplifier based on a National Semiconductor amplifier chip. After more research, I learned that NatSemi’s Overture series ...

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