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magma

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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2005, 07:36:44 PM »
Check out the Harmony Central reviews for Torres Amp kits, last time I checked the general consensus was that they were not good.

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« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2005, 09:04:25 PM »
www.metroamp.com - absolutely fantastic kits, and even cheaper to obtain than the Marshall reissues if you're outside the UK.

a tweed champ should be a great starter amp, it's not complex so there's not as many places to make errors, and it won't take as much time as say, a 100w Marshall SuperLead. my first tube amp was a plexi reissue I gutted and rebuilt with much better (and more vintage) components the first night after I got it - by doing that I learnt not only how to build amps, but how they work, how to bias them, and how different values of components make tonal differences.

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« Reply #17 on: November 01, 2005, 09:18:09 PM »
I second that...I've done a Super Reverb and a JMP50 using turret board kits. Great way to learn (just don't do the super as a first attempt!!)

I'm not convinced about a lot of mod kits, you're kind of turd polishing with a lot of amps.....best to rip it out and go point to point. I reckon Bainzy's PTPcircuits is about the first UK site.....hope it takes off!
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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2005, 09:35:08 PM »
cheers  :D

I think there's one guy in the UK that sells parts for PTP style amp builds, but there's no information or forum on that site, it's just a small shop. I'll have to get cracking on this site soon, I just haven't had any time at all for it for the last few weeks, and I only set it up last month.

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« Reply #19 on: November 01, 2005, 10:04:12 PM »
www.metroamp.com

Just checked that out. I did electronics until Year 10 at school...not great I know, but I know how to solder and read a circuit diagram. It looks like there is, what, 70 components in the average board?

Am I over-simplifying it, or is actually pretty straightforward/easy?
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« Reply #20 on: November 01, 2005, 10:42:00 PM »
yep......building transistor amps is where it gets complicated.... :lol:
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« Reply #21 on: November 01, 2005, 11:10:32 PM »
so, in-theory, as long as I have patience and know how to solder correctly, I could make one of these without much difficulty?
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« Reply #22 on: November 02, 2005, 07:09:20 AM »
Yep......just be careful with the high voltage!

The biggest problem is getting the chassis and transformers if you're scratch building. ANd the hardest thing is covering the box..... :lol:
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