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Rigby1027
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USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Feb 28th, 2012 03:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just a simple one that rocks. Where is a good jumping off point to start doing some homework on this sort of thing?

rfrakes331K
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USA

RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Feb 28th, 2012 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Possibly a Champ build. Should be a good simple build to start with. How's your soldering?

damuniz
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South Jersey/USA

She turned me into a newt!....
Feb 28th, 2012 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fun kit, great instructions. Even a beginner with moderate soldering skills can do it (like me).

And it sounds great!

http://www.tubedepot.com/kit-tweedchamp.html

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 28th, 2012 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While doing your homework, check the offerings from Weber, MojoTone and Marsh amps. There are others as well.

Kit building is a lot of fun and very rewarding. It can become addictive.

Rigby1027
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USA, Lubbock

Anybody got a band-aid?
Feb 28th, 2012 05:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am a decent solderer.

CA_Dan

Los Angeles

Feb 28th, 2012 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A 5E3 tweed deluxe isn't too much more work than a champ. Check out Weber's site.

MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Feb 28th, 2012 07:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My first (and so far, only) amp build was a Mission 5E3.

Bruce Collins provides great support in addition to putting together a super high-quality kit.

And when I was done I had what's become one of my all-time favorite amps.

Mission 5E3 Kit

rfrakes331K
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USA

RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Mar 6th, 2012 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On that 5E3 kit, I notice there is no 6SC7 preamp tube. All preamps are 12AX7 tubes or similar. I thought the orginal Tweed Deluxe had the 6SC7 tube in it. How much does this change the tone? My amp is dirty to the bone.

MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Mar 6th, 2012 02:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The "Narrow Panel" Deluxe used the 5E3 circuit, which had one 12AY7 and one 12AX7 in the preamp. That's what the Mission kit is based on.

The older "Wide Panel" Deluxe was the 5C3 circuit and that did use the 6SC7 tubes.

The 5E3 will definitely have more headroom than the 5C3.

rfrakes331K
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USA

RonHalen Jokingly He Says
Mar 6th, 2012 05:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MLC, Thanks for clearing that up. Nice kit.

telerocker2002

usa

Apr 2nd, 2012 12:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 1953 Deluxe "Wide Panel" has the 5b3 circuit with those 6SC7 tubes.

MonkeeMind

Atlanta

Nothing Exceeds Like Excess!
Apr 11th, 2012 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Then there's the 5D3 "Wide Panel" like mine with 12AX7's.

Peegoo
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That chicken

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Apr 11th, 2012 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's a homebrew 5F1 Champ. Not too expensive to do; very few components. I did buy the chassis box ($30 fleaBay) and a few other parts.

It ROXX. Plenty loud all by itself for small jams and gigs--and I can always mic it into the PA if I need more.

If I can do this kinda stuff--anyone can.

Seriously.

Peegoo
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That chicken

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Apr 11th, 2012 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Chassis shot

here.

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