Have the book, anybody that want's to go to the SS route would be advised to get it. This amp will not be anything special circuit wise. The amp section will easily overdrive the speaker, at least I will put in a couple of clipping diodesto clip the signal before the amplifier section does. It most likely will have some in the preamp section also. A Mk II model will probably go further, I only have so much room on the front panel with this one. Scrounging parts for this one, glad I did not recycle a couple of electronic boards, I do not have many low voltage capacitors or 1/4W resistors. I plan on making the power amp section first and mount it then use it for my testing. I have one idea to get some current feedback, not sure how it will work yet, might just make a power oscillator.You can find the SS Guitar Amplifier book at the SS Amplifier forum site:
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Regarding the role of the power amp (and speaker+cabinet) most suggest that the preamp should provide all of the overdrive and simulated tube tones (if desired) and the power amp will just amplify that signal so that it can replicated through your speaker at a suitable volume. Most chip-based amps do this, for example the Vox Pathfinder, which uses a TDA2030 to cleanly amplify the preamp output. Generally, this arrangement is desirable since chip amps clip in a nasty way and that clipping should be prevented. The Roland BC-30 is one of the only amps I’ve seen that tries to soft clip a chip-based power amp to avoid that clipping and perhaps provide a unique response to large amplitude inputs from the preamp stage. I’ve done some simulations in Spice that suggest it should work and at some point I’ll have a go at fooling around with this on my breadboard.