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joe
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Post Amp kits?
on: July 29, 2012, 11:13
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Who's had experience with DIY amp kits?

I built a both a Marshall 18-watt and Vibra-Champ clone from Ceriatone kits, and was really happy with the results. I got my cabinets from Gabkits.

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 5, 2012, 11:42
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Although my wallet has kept me from making the plunge, I bet there are a lot of DIY club veterans that are eyeing some kits pretty hard.

MNMagnus

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 5, 2012, 15:47
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The only thing stopping me is the lack of thickness in my wallet. I would love to try my hand at an amp build.

Joe, I'm curious as to what (if any) problems you ran into building your amps.

jsegel

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 6, 2012, 09:40
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I've built a couple, but they were simple ones, like the Weber Champ 5F1 kit. I'd been working on my own Princeton Reverb and Deluxe Reverbs, so I figured building wouldn't be tough. All in all a Fender Champ clone like this takes about an afternoon to solder together, once you've sussed out where everything is and how it will fit together.
One thing that's cool about these little kits is that they really show you what the components do, if you're learning how a tube amp works, though reading a little about how capacitors and resistors work as tone/signal filters helps, and reading a book or two on tube amps is always helpful! (Dave Hunter's books, for example.)
But, yes, I haven't had the money to build a bigger amp... I really wanted to make one like the Fender Brownface amps with the harmonic tremolo, but haven't managed to yet.

joe
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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 6, 2012, 17:46
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[b]reading a book or two on tube amps is always helpful! (Dave Hunter's books, for example.)

For my money, Dave is the best guy out there writing about this stuff. I steal from refer to him constantly.

joe
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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 12, 2012, 14:07
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Anyone tried the Mojotone kits?

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 12, 2012, 16:11
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My friend uses the Mojotone stuff quite alot , should be seeing him soon since he is finishing the pups and rewire on my Tele. His "Tramp" is about the coolest little amp ever 1 knob one switch ton of fun and it's about 5lbs with a single 10" Weber in it.

mwseniff

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 12, 2012, 16:47
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I built a Mojotone kit for a buddy sometime ago when they were first doing kits. The instructions were in the beta version and were not ready for prime time yet but I hear they are much better now. It was OK in the long run since I don't need instructions for building a guitar amp (heck I hardly use a schematic to build a guitar amp they are so simple to me after many years of electronic work). YMMV. The parts from Mojo have always been average or better in my experience. Tube amps are a relatively easy and rewarding project for hobbyists the parts are large enough to be easy to install and troubleshooting is easy. Most ham radio and hifi hobbyists pretty much built all their stuff from kits or even just design packs back in the late 50's and 60's it was a rite of passage for them and there were many kit suppliers. You need a soldering iron some tools and at least a DVM to do the job but an 8 ohm dummy load, signal generator, and Oscope really help. But keep in mind I have been doing electronics since I was 10 years old and that was still the tube era (early 60's). Just keep one hand in your pocket when working on hot chassis'.

tremelo68

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 14, 2012, 13:15
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I have a Mojotone 5E3 that I got on a trade. Already built (by a 17 year old kid) and it is fantastic. The kid is a good builder and was selling it because he built a Ceriatone Overdrive Special. His attention to detail was great and the layout is fantastic. Quiet, with that great tweed tone. So, I would give a +1 to Mojotone for the kit.

I am selling gear and saving up to attend the last Kendrick/Gerald Weber Build Your Own Amp Camp in October. I hope to have a lot to contribute to this thread after that. While I don't need a pricy kit like he sells, I really wanted to get some one on one amp building training from one of the major vets of the industry. So, big chunk of change to go there and build his kit, but hopefully the knowledge gained will out way the cost. I could just build a kit for a lot less, that's for sure.

I also have a hybrid Weber tube reverb kit in the works. About halfway done with it. Need to finish it...

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Post Re: Amp kits?
on: August 16, 2012, 20:11
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If somebody would concoct a Vibro-Champ kit with reverb built in, I'd finally take the plunge and try my hand at building an amp kit.

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