I’ll be doing a lot of traveling in the near future but I still want to practice guitar (on the road), I was thinking on getting the small lapstick electric travel guitar. It does have an built-in amplifier for headphones, however I want to build (or purchase) a small tube amplifier for powering headphones, a light one so I could carry it around and practice where I can. The smaller, the better, however, quality of sound matters as well.
Does anyone have experience with those small tube headphone amplifiers or could recommend a DIY project I could do? Or recommend a good small tube headphone amplifier I could purchase.
Also, is a battery powered tube headphone amp viable?
I, personally, dont think you can go into it thinking it will be just a lower volume version of a bigger amp. There just isn’t enough voltage to make the tube do what it’s good at. I have a number of tube pedals that try to simulate that preamp stage, but it’s just never the same.
That said… This could be really cool. Another option would be to find a tube that works best at low voltages.