I am using a second-hand LDS V201 permanent magnet shaker, and would like to use this to test and validate some monitoring equipment. I would like to generate signals suchs as sweep sines, but these do not need to be particularly "clean". I am aware that I need an amplifier to amplify the vibration signals (which we are able to generate) but on contacting the manufacturer, the specific amplifier they recommend (LPA100) costs about £2000. This is above my budget but could stretch to this if necessary.
My questions: What is special about amplifiers for shakers and could I use a less specialised amplifier for this purpose? Is there a "cheap and nasty" way of amplifying my signals?
Specs for shaker and recommended amp attached