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SERIAL TONE KILLER

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by hcsterg, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    This project originally started in a discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by hcsterg, Jul 22, 2017, called "AMPS?"

    Since then, most of the pictures posted in this discussion have dissappeared :oops: because of a collapsed picture hosting provider :confused:... Add to this that I'm very slow by lack of time, but now I think that I'd be able to finish that amp project at the end of this summer :eek::).

    For those who remember, I presented the construction of 3 combo amp cabs from scratch (2 small, 1 big) with some details. But without the pictures posted in anymore, I think it's unfortunately useless to continue it, so I start a new discussion with one of the project : the Serial Tone Killer (STK).

    Quick cab story :

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    So the one which is concerned this time is the biggest one - the others will come... Later... :rolleyes:

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    I designed the front and back panels and have them laser-engraved :

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    Now you are guessing what kind of project it is ;)...

    Instead of reverse-engineering and designing all the circuit and layout, I opted for a Ceriatone OTS 100 set of boards to serve as the basis for my project. Let me recommend Ceriatone stuff - it's premium quality, thoroughly built - a reason why I choose them :

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    As you can see, I ordered the set of faceplates to have the correct dimensions and positions in order to design and draw mines. I found this much more fast and practical to use them as a model than trying to guess...

    The rest of the parts for the amp chassis (transformers, hardware, other components) is on order and should be delivered next week, the time - I hope so :rolleyes: - to finish the current amps service and repairs...

    So Wait and See... :D

    A+!
     
  2. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

    Age:
    50
    596
    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Don't know much about building amps, but love the cabinets!
     
  3. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    Cool amps, I'll be watching with interest.
     
  4. DaddyDog

    DaddyDog Country Gent

    Sep 18, 2011
    Mississauga, Canada
    Very cool. I forget, do you sell them, and ever ship to North America? I suppose 240 to 120 volt conversion may be a challenge.
     
  5. CousinWarsh

    CousinWarsh Gretschie

    121
    Jun 24, 2018
    Western NY
    Those look great! Can’t wait to see how it goes...
     
  6. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thank you, Guys !

    Thanks !

    I hope that you are patient... ;)

    No, sorry : I'm not scheduled for any selling production. It's only a part-time activity, when I only have time to do it, and this point is rather unpredictable ! Add to this the problems of UE and US regulations compliance, etc... And you get the picture. I don't want and have no time nor money to follow that path - at least for the moment.

    A+!
     
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  7. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Continuation :

    Chassis front and back faces drilling and presentation :

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    Chassis ans cab presentation :

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    Next step :
    - chassis to cab fixations
    - circuit and components implantation

    The job is on :)... Wait and See ;) !

    A+!
     
  8. Outlaw

    Outlaw Gretschie

    362
    Jul 13, 2011
    UK
    Wow!!!!
    Those cabs look beautiful!!! Real class.

    Looking forward to seeing the end product!
     
  9. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    You never let us down. Your work is always a joy.

    Those 9v outputs are a genius idea. Do you use rectified 6.3v from the main power txf, or is there another small power supply?
     
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  10. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thanks Outlaw !

    I expect to finish this amp before the end of that summer :eek:;) !

    A+!
     
  11. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thanks Markeebee - creator of the "Bent" brand :D !

    The transformer that I use here is a toroidal one (more powerful and lighter than a EI one) which has 2 additional 15VAC separate windings : one is used for the footswitching relays, and the other is used for the digital reverb and for the external effects - that I may put on the amp occasionally, inserted or not in the footswitchable FX loop.

    I am also considering to heat the preamp tubes in regulated DC 12.5V also with the relay supply (which only needs 5VDC with a ridiculous current)...

    A+!
     
  12. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
    68
    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    You do some seriously nice work!
     
  13. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Great as always Bruno! All my respect for your great work!
     
  14. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    That is a heck of an ambitious part time project! Looking forward to seeing the outcome.
     
  15. O Riley

    O Riley Gretschie

    241
    Jun 2, 2018
    Sunny California
    That is some seriously cool build right there my friend. Well done.
     
  16. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thank you Guys :) !

    I am now studying / drilling / populating the chassis inside / outside. This needs some "cunning" to get there... I expect to post the pictures this evening (fr) if everything continues to go well...

    A+!
     
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  17. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    52
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Looks absolutely classy!
     
  18. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    Thanks loudnlousy !

    Work is on progress : populating is nearly completed... The rest will be done tomorrow, if all goes as expected... :confused:

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    So Wait and See... ;)

    A+!
     
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  19. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Awesome work Bruno! Sub’d...
     
  20. j.s.c

    j.s.c Country Gent

    Aug 19, 2008
    france
    hey Bruno, what's that holy grail rev pedal...? Is it completly part of the circuit ??