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Old February 3rd, 2013, 12:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mod kits DIY,or boothill?

Looking to build my own amp for a cabinet I am building. Two amps that I have come across are modkits 102 and boothill amps 5e3 .

I am leaning towards the boothill 5e3. Thoughts? Opinions? Others I should be looking at?

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Old February 3rd, 2013, 01:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've built 3 Boothill kits , two 5F1's and a 5E3 , they are great kits , and Dave @ Boothill will give expert advice and support right here in the forum or through email or phone , all my experiences with him have been stellar
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 02:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I like your style, build a cabinet - create a need for an amp. Do not know about modkits but Dave's Boothill is well regarded here.

After building 2 amps here are my 2 cents. Building an amp is pricey. Most of us build because we like to. The key is building what you want/need. I think this is often overlooked. Tweed style amps are very popular because they are readily available as kits, there is good support, and they are simple designs. They also have that vintage tone if that is what you are after.

The thing is if a tweed style amp does not fit your needs then I would suggest putting your money and effort into something that does. The other option is to have someone in line that is willing to purchase your first build, take the experience and then build what you want/need.
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I love the sound of the old tweed amps. I am finishing up the cab from a chopped down Baldwin organ that had great old 12 inch speakers in it. I have built the cab all from the wood , hardware , and speakers. I even salvaged the badging and plan to put them back on!

So far, no money has been spent, as I got the organ for free. My only expenses will be a little touch up stain, and the amp. So, even if I go boothill 5e3, I should not be out too much. The transistor amp (no tubes :) ) has two working transformers, I'm going to pull those out and check their stats!

One note, thanks for the input! I am pretty experienced with wiring, but this will be my first complete amp build!
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Old February 3rd, 2013, 05:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Sounds like you have already had a bunch of fun so far and the rest of the project will be equally rewarding. Keep us posted.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 12:03 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Here it is so far. The top is just sitting there as I want to get the amp done before cuttin anymore.
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Old February 4th, 2013, 12:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Any advice as to if I should wire the 8ohm 12 s in series or parallel?
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Old February 4th, 2013, 04:58 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I'd say parallel as it's probably going to be easier finding a 4 Ohm output transformer.It's a common value for Fender amps using 2 speakers as well.
But you'll have to keep in mind that since most tweed style kits (like the 5F1 and 5E3) are designed to use a single speaker load, the OT usually have only a 8 Ohm tap.
Make sure that you get one with taps for load selection (4/8/16).

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I'm excited. Dave has been great to deal with. I just ordered my very own 5e3 kit!
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Old February 5th, 2013, 09:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Are you building it as a combo or separate head/cab ?
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Old February 5th, 2013, 05:06 PM   #11 (permalink)
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My 2 cents.............................................

You can DIY a Fender Champ 5F1 on the cheap.
Use diodes instead of a rectifier tube, the Champ runs at Class A anyway.
Find an el-cheapo power transformer that uses 12.6v as filament voltage, and run a NOS 12V6 tube, for a fraction of the cost of a NOS 6V6 tube.
Your 12AX7 tube can run on either 6.3 or 12,6 volts anyway.
If you don't mind a 4 week wait time, EDCOR is usually my 'go-to' choice for affordable transformers.
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Old February 7th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I am building it as a combo
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