new member - first amp kit - 5F2 tweed princeton

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by 0 2339, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. 0 2339

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    hey all,

    new member here from portugal/europe.
    i've been lurking around your pages for quite some time and decided to join as i just finished my first kit-amp that i'd like to share and might modify in the next few months. i always found great info on these pages and so i'm looking forward to the time on here.

    one thing i have to say is HUGE THANKS to robrobinette for his awesome homepage and all the infos he is willing to share - if you read this: THANKS A LOT BROTHER : )

    ... but since a thread is always better with pictures i'd like to share some pix of my latest (and first ever) amp kit i built - it's a tweed princeton circuit from the nice folks at tube-amp-doctor/germany.



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    if there's anything i should take care of please let me know, i'm here to learn : )

    cheers
    christoph
     
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    Welcome Christoph!
     
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    Hey Christoph,
    Nice clean looking first build, congrats. I'm a big fan of the 5F2A for home use and with a band at moderate volume.
    John
     
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    Looks nice! 2 suggestions:

    Where is the ground lead of your power cord attached? Electrical code requires that it be attached with a dedicated fastener, one not shared with another component like a transformer, using a locking fastener. Transformers can loosen over time, leading to a loose ground. That ground is critical for your safety.

    Adjust the nut and lockring on your power switch so the switch doesn't stick out so far. It can be damaged in the event the amp tips over, or if something bashes into it during handling.
     
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    thanks for the welcome and the suggestions - ground is in fact wired to a "solder lug washer" (is that the word??) that's attached to the pt... i'm gonna take care of that, and the switch is already done.

    just a question soundwise: is it normal for this amp to sound a bit muddy when turning back the guitar's vol pot? i was expecting some fender-like pikey treble, but it's rather on the smoother side even with the tone pot on 12... it's definately enough when the guitar's vol is turned to max but as soon as i turn it back 1/2/3 numbers i'm kinda loosing all the treble....

    btw., i use 50's wiring on all my guitars and good components so that's for sure not the issue. and another thing i have to state is that i'm still not finished with the cab, so at the moment i'm playing into a badcat unleash v2 into an 8ohm speaker, maybe that plays a role too... can't wait to hear it in the big box with the 8" : )

    cheers
     
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    Hi and welcome to TDPRI.
     
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    Welcome!

    About treble: The 5f2a and most tweeds are very mid-voiced compared to a blackface where we think of spikey (or sparkling) Fender treble. But the fact you can’t turn down the guitar volume without losing more treble sounds odd.

    A simple phone recording of the amp at mid volume, mid tone settings might help.
     
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    Are the input jacks wired exactly per the schematic? I played around with different setups there and found that different setups had a different effect on the interaction between guitar volume pot and brightness, some being darker than others when the guitar was turned down.
     
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    thanks for the input guys!

    i didn't have time enough to experiment a lot but the wiring should be correct. anyway, i'm gonna have more time on the weekend and i will check everything again and might be able to post some sounds...

    i'm also gonna link the schematics here - if it is not allowed to post the link to the vendor's schematics/layouts site please let me know and i'll remove the link immediately... new member ya know : )

    http://www.tubeampdoctor.com/images/artikel/Full Documentation One-6 GS-25.04.16.pdf

    @jonrpick: can you give me some details of the different setups - sounds interesting

    cheers
     
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    Can we get a close up photo of the volume and tone pot connections please.
     
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    And welcome to the madness!!!!
     
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    That is one of my favorite amps, but I know myself enough to know that I would not be able to build one. It looks real clean from here...good luck and welcome
     
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    I can't see clearly but it appears that the input on the volume pot should jumper over to the wiper of the tone pot. It looks like the jumper is connected to both wipers. Check closely against you layout.
     
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    thanks again for the greetings!
    ayy, d'tar you're correct - i jumpered the two outputs. already rewired, now i'm gonna crawl under a stone and when i get out i will go back to playing lego
     
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    Hello, I’m new here and I just posted my first post. Then I saw this post about the exact same kid I just build.
    Unfortunately I new also on building amps so could use some help! Basically everything is working but the speaker output is extremely low. Maybe you can help me out and reply on my post.
    Thx! Peet (65GP)
     
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    Welkom, Peet. I see this thread has been napping since March. Feel free to create a new one to post your question; you may get more eyeballs that way.
     
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    I think it could be the common trebble loss when lowering volume on your guitar. I have not experienced that since I installed a trebble bleed circuit in my strat.
     
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    Yea, I install a Kinman treble bleed circuit in all my guitars for that reason.
     
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