At about a grand, the Fender '57 Custom Champ is alot more than I'd like to spend on an amp. I ordered a Champ clone kit from Mojotone that I can't wait to arrive. Anyone here own or played both? If so, how does the kit version compare to the real thing? Thanks in advance!
You can get a much better amp by building one yourself. Mojo sells the best cabinets and some pretty good kits too. I buy components and put together amps myself. I don't build tweed champs anymore because for about the same price you can build a tweed princeton (around $575). A tweed princeton has a larger chassis that is easier to work with and sounds better because the 8" speaker isn't crammed in a tiny enclosure. Use a good 330-0-330 V PT and a vintage 5Y3GT rectifier and F&T filter caps. You can build a tweed princeton for around $575 with a WGS 8" speaker that will sound as good as a $1,500 boutique build. Champs and Princetons are simple single ended amps that are pretty easy to build. The only problem is, once you get started building your own tube amps, it is pretty hard to break the habit--fun hobby indeed.