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    Shock mount tube sockets? Yet another thing I didn't know...

    I always shock mount V1 in my combo amps.
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    The big WEAKNESS of MODELLING...

    Modelers are convenient, handy, easy. With the flick of a button, you can sound like a _____ amp. However, have you actually played through a ______ amp, for example a 'Beano' Plexi or 5F6a Bassman or BF Twin? One of the glories of tube amps is the famous sweet spot, wherby you can control...
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    - Your words to live by -

    If you don't know where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else. See below:
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    Looking for footmen -- you know, the metal loop mounts for dogbone handles

    Will this work? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardware-Essentials-1-1-2-in-Strap-Loop-in-Nickel-Plated-5-Pack-852713-0/203810635 or this "Foorman's loop" on Amazon
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    Bogen amplifier

    My first guitar amp was a Bogen 50W school PA amp, my little brother's amp actually, what W.L.Weller posted above, and we played through our home console Hi-Fi 12" extentsion cabinet. It sounded pretty good.
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    Plexi clone Biasing problems

    The Light Bulb Current Limiter is useful. I use it for first power up and checking to make sure nothing it awry in the wiring. However, as you have seen, you won't get correct voltage readings while using the LBCL. Once the initial power up testing is complete, I use a variable AC transformer...
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    Plexi clone Biasing problems

    This gave ne -48.8V from a 50V bias tap. 442V on the 6L6 plates, 42mA (61%), from a 325-0-325 tranny and a 5AR4 rectifier. This gave me -40V fron a 50V bias tap. 437V on the EL34s, 34.5mA (61%), from 330-0-330 tranny and solid state diode rectifier.
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    String trees

    I put a G and D string tree on my Tele, because the G was ringing between the nut and the tuner.
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    Louder Speaker for 5E3 tweed deluxe?

    IDK the your Hellatone treated Italian alnico jensen. but the Jensen P12Q (94.4dB) is 141.6mm (5-5/8 in) deep, with a 70mm (2-3/4in) diameter magnet, and weighs 1.9kg (4.19 lbs). 1. Size and weight must be considered, the size for a physical fit. 2. As an amp builder, the Eminence GB128 is my...
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    Music Man Amps

    I gigged and recorded with an original 210-MusicMan 65 (the ones with the 12AX7 phase splitter. The power switch broke at a gig once, so I opened the amp and hotwired it, and then replaced the switch when I got home. My experience was that it was way loud and way clean. Too loud and too...
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    Valve stocking

    With the shutdown of the Chinese plant and the restrictions on Russian tubes from New Sensor leaving only JJ, which is at full production. At least New Sensor is now able to ship, albeit at a 35% price increase. I place orders for a year's supply, and then small batches if I need more.
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    Build errors, how to minimize

    I create schematics, and then layouts in a 1:1 scale. "Build to Print" and double check. I often highlight on the schematic or layout print when I complete a step.
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    Transformers - Long Lead Time

    With the closing of Magnetic Components, and Heyboer being MIA, the demand on other builders is outstripping the supply in many cases. I have a Classic Tone or two in stock, but mostly Hammonds at this time. And of course, prices are up. I've built many amps with Hammonds, Heyboer, Magnetic...
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    Valve stocking

    New Sensor is now accepting new orders, processing backorders, and hopes to resume shipping in April, of Electro-Harmonix, Tung-Sol, Mullard, etc. Prices are up, and they expect that there will likely be a further price increase for tubes shipped from their NYC headquarters once the government...
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    Have you ever found "the One"?

    Been using a Texas Tone 12 amp for 10 years or so. It's the one. The host of the Guitar Radio show said, "it has incredibly clean tone, the love pedals. It's the amp Fender should be making. "




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