I think im addicted to tube amp building

Discussion in 'Ampage Area' started by garagegods, Dec 2, 2021.

  1. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    Built my second point to point tube amp champ/princeton 10W added a tone stack all worked on first try except tone stack rebuilt it 5 times till i got what i wanted. this one mostly from scratch except turret board was a kit. its actually a little too loud but sounds great! thumbnail_IMG_7833.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7834.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7836.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7838.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7839.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7840.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7844.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7833.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7834.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7836.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7838.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7839.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7840.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7844.jpg thumbnail_IMG_7833.jpg
  2. swivel

    swivel Country Gent

    May 13, 2018
    Yeah, it can be fun for sure. I built a BF Princeton into a Mono 15 that went defunct. Worked out great.
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  3. wabash slim

    wabash slim I Bleed Orange

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    I can think of a lot worse things to be addicted to.
  4. Groutsch

    Groutsch Synchromatic

    Jun 9, 2018
    Maryland, US
    I can't wait to build an amp. I got a pedal kit to learn how to solder first. But before I do that, I'm going to learn to unsolder a board I pulled from an old tv. I just need a free weekend!
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  5. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I’d love to build one but I’m afraid of soldering. One time I tried it, I literally nearly burned the house down. I should take a class. Nice work.
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  6. tmcq65

    tmcq65 Electromatic

    Nov 10, 2021
    I'm an "adequate" solderer... I'm usually more afraid by the complexity or the level of detail in most projects. I just assembled a pedal kit, and for this project I borrowed some liquid flux from a buddy at work and it made a world of difference.
    Get some flux. Use a decent iron with a fairly thin tip, and thin solder.
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  7. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Synchromatic

    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    If I may make an observation:

    You mounted the PT very close to the end of the chassis. I usually leave at least an inch between the PT and the end of the chassis. IT's helpful for clearance should you decide to put it into a cabinet that is just as wide inside as the chassis.

    Other than that observation, very nice work. I particularly like the purple :)
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  8. Dana Rudd

    Dana Rudd Country Gent

    Nov 26, 2019
    Greybull, WY
    Congrats on your amp build, I bet it's a type of therapy to enjoy. Keep on building.

    I wish I could build amps. Eyes are to bad and hands shake like mad.
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  9. WingZero

    WingZero Electromatic

    Oct 21, 2021
    Québec City, Canada
    I'm looking for a good starter kit to do so, I'd like a Princeton RVB kit, and a good ToneBender Fuzz kit.
    I would eventually build a AC15 if I could too
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  10. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Looks good! I dig the colour and oven stove knobs.
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  11. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    yep me too:D
  12. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    you are correct! the tubes are too close together but i just said F it and will see how it works out down the road. I have had it on for several hours and don't notice any more heat than other tube amps. thanks for the critique always need improvement!
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  13. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    start with a champ F51 they sound great! you can make them with more watts i make them 10w. pedals are easy low voltage no danger
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  14. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    purple was not intended originally a seafoam green but the paint was lousy and kept checking, so i grabbed some left over eggplant color lacquer i used to paint my daughters guitar with and am happy with the change, but thanks!
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  15. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
    De Soldering is harder than soldering, I learned years ago working in a recording studio as a runner, the owner liked my good eye sight back then, and had me de solder and remove all the bad capacitors on a 60 channel NEVE VR console. also learned to solder. its actually meditative looking at the solder flow. I dont mess with flux just use a good solder with flux in it and look for shining solder joints:D
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2021
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  16. pmac11

    pmac11 Country Gent

    Mar 4, 2018
    Toronto, Ontario
    It's beautiful!
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  17. GlenP

    GlenP Country Gent

    Jul 23, 2019
    That looks great. If too loud, you could maybe use an attenuator?

    I have done some basic electric guitar/bass wiring, I always forget to clean and tin the solder tip when I am done and then have to really grind it down before I start another project.

    I am planning to make a speaker cabinet over my holiday break from work, just passive non-powered, to use as an extension with a combo amp. The woodworking part won't be that hard, but I hope to cover it with Tolex/vinyl and hope that process goes well, it could turn into a sticky mess! I hope I have time and determination to commit to actually starting that project, I just have to clean off my work bench first.
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  18. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    If I would try that I would be electrocuted in three minutes...
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  19. garagegods

    garagegods Electromatic

    Sep 30, 2021
    Los Angeles
  20. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Country Gent

    Feb 17, 2020
    I first learned to solder when I was around 10, asked Dad to teach me because I wanted to build slot cars.
    Got lucky when I joined the Navy and was trained as an Aviation Electronics Tech. Attended a soldering school that was a week of soldering 8 hours a day.
    A lot of the gear I worked on in the Navy was old and I bet that 50% of my time was spent fixing bad solder joints. Military aircraft vibrate a lot (not cushioned like civilian planes) and imperfect solder joints go bad.

    Some of the videos experts are horrible at it. Phil McNight, for example, adds solder to a lug, heats it up and sticks the wire through. Absolutely the worst way to do it.

    Desoldering is easy with a solder sucker. Sometimes the braid doesn't get it all but a good sucker is amazing, everyone should own one. If it does not get it all just add more solder and try it again.
    One of the best and what the military buys: Amazon.com: EDSYN DS017 The Original Deluxe Solder Sucker SOLDAPULLT : Tools & Home Improvement
    I don't even own any of the braid anymore, it doesn't always work well.

    Edit: and I should add that cheap solder suckers don't have a guide for the plunger, Guaranteed to poke you in the eye! The model I recommend has a guide that pops back out after you **** it, those that don't should be illegal.
    Edit again: I'm laughing that it censored my last line. The word is what you do before you can fire a gun, also a male bird, LOL.
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