I first got into the 'maker' thing when I was about 14 years old, that is 56 years ago! A lot of record players were found in the trash walking home from school. I took them apart, recombined them in various ways, used the motors for strobe lights etc.
Traveled from there throughout my life learning and being self taught in many endeavors. Retired in 2015 and moved from Pensacola Fla to upstate NY, built a beautiful home on the Battenkill (river). Now that that is done, I have begun new hobbies, I am self taught in Arduino and python programming of microcontrollers, built a packet radio linked weather station.
Now I am continuing to explore what started me on my life long journey of learning. I am building the 6MB8 amp, and nearly have all of my equipment and parts on hand (including an isolation transformer and variac).
I cam across this site while just poking around the internet, and was planning on finding an example of a well documented build of a simple tube amp. I intend to use it on my desk for music. I posted a request for an example on Audio Karma, and someone sent me here!
While I am happy to be doing this build, why oh why Skunkie did you choose the ECL82 instead of the very similar ELC86? You even mentioned that the 6MB8 was close kin to PCL86, which is the 12 volt version of the ECL86, which has about twic ethe power of the ECL82/6MB8.
Oh well, once my 6MB8 isbuilt, I will likely build the SPUD and then go back and re-do the 6MB8 as an ECL86.