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Vacuum Tube prototype / project kit for 8 pin tubes

We developed this kit for ourselves. We do a lot of prototyping of our tube designs and we wanted to have a high quality non-dedicated prototype board we could re-use. We can now make these boards and kits available to you. The complete kit includes one prototyping PCB + 2 pcb 8 pin tube sockets + 10 feet of hook up wire (2 feet of blue, red, yellow, black and white) UL 1569/1007 300V RMS 22 gauge solid tin plated + mounting hardware.

Please see our 9 pin project boards and 9 pin project kits as well as our 8 pin prototyping board.

Designed and custom made for Vacuum Tube Supplies, LLC, our boards are made of high quality FR4 epoxy glass double-sided. These boards are nearly 1/10 inch thick (0.093) using heavy clad 2oz copper. The boards have an easy to solder tin/lead coating and have solder masks top and bottom to minimize solder splashes.


  • Designed for Two Octal Belton pcb (printed circuit board) tube sockets with non-dedicated pin-outs;
  • The board can accommodate any octal pin tube: 6SN7, KT88, 6L6, EL34, 5U4, etc.;
  • Can be used as a preamplifier or Power amp stage; guitar or HIFI;
  • OR ANY PROJECT needing up to 2 Octal tubes.

The boards are 7.75 inch by 4.25 inch - that's over 32 square inches of prototyping space! Tubes are spaced on 4.05 inch centers to accommodate large power tubes. Tubes can be orientated in any 45 degree position to meet tube specification. Tube sockets can be mounted on either side. Six holes (0.150 inch) are included for rigid board mounting. Includes nylon board mounting hardware nuts, bolts, washers and spacers. Two bus tracks 0.1 inch wide for heaters/filaments. All other tracks 0.02 inch wide with 0.03 inch minimum clearances. Eight non-dedicated bus lines for power B+ etc which can be interconnected. Top and Bottom ground planes for low noise. Ground planes joined top and bottom with 0.030 spacing to tracks and pads. Minimum pad to pad spacing of 0.15 to allow for larger components used in tube circuits. Large pad holes 0.059 to allow for large component lead diameters. All holes are plated-through.

  • 180+ power buss solder pad connections;
  • 525+ component mounting pad connections;
  • 48 tube pin out pad connections;
  • 15 ground pad connections;
  • 16 heater pad connections;
  • Over 800+ component mounting holes;
  • Tracks join connection pads on both sides of the board for improved connection integrity;
  • Solder masks on both sides to minimize solder shorts;
  • Components can be mounted on either side of the board;
  • Can be used for point-to-point wiring instead of solder tag strips;
  • Easy to de-solder.

See our 9 pin miniature socket prototyping/project boards. They can easily be used in combination to build a complete amplifier for mono blocks, stereo or guitar amp.

IMPORTANT - BE SAFE! By their very nature, vacuum tubes, vacuum tube equipment and associated components operate at inherently high voltages, currents and can be very hot! We want you to be safe and enjoy your projects, whether you do this as a hobby or as a business. It is important to work within your capabilities. If you are not trained or qualified or comfortable working with high voltages and currents seek out professional help, rather than put yourself or others at risk. Vacuum tube equipment and components can cause serious injury or death. Vacuum Tube Supplies LLC and its associates shall NOT accept any direct, indirect or consequential damages out of the use or purchase of any of our products or services we provide, regardless of the method of delivery to you, including, but not limited to, personal injury or loss of income. Under no circumstances will our liability exceed the purchase price of the product or service provided.

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Johnson L
I have been waiting for someone to come up with this for a long time. Built a dual mono 6SN7 6EM7 preamp within 2 hours. The placement of the pinout pads and component mounting pads are ingenious. Would love to see a thicker ground "rail" and B+ "rail".
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