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Amplifier circuit boards on ebay - it is good start for build?

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by LiteAsh, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. LiteAsh

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    I would go for getting a kit or sourcing it all myself. How much could you save on the board, 100 max? I bought a 5E3ish board from ubuy guitars but that is an eyelet board and it is handwired. I built a single ended 5E3 and was very happy with the results, it was like $20 though.

    Just saying...
     
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    I'm new to building amps but I got my feet slightly wet on these reissue circuit boards, I can tell you that you can maybe learn a lot starting here but I didn't give it much chance, they are a pain in the butt to work on and I found the experience overall frustrating and unrewarding. So instead of continuing to work on the reissue board, I'm building a handwired circuit to take its place. Just like the eBay seller did on this Princeton RI...

    Excited to see that you can resell the reissue boards though, if I can get $75 for my TRRI boards I will be stoked!!

    Anyhow, I look forward to reading the opinions of more experienced builders here.
     
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    Personally, I wouldn't start with a PCB like that one. All of the expensive parts in those amps are off the PCB, and assembling the circuit board is not the most time-consuming part of an amp build. Building with an eyelet board will be more satisfying, easier to troubleshoot and mod and probably not much more expensive.
     
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    Not to mention it would be difficult to reuse the board because of the manner in which the pots/jacks/etc. are connected. Conversely, it's about $200 in parts (board, components, jacks, pots) to take a reissue and handwire it.

    You'll spend way more than $200 putting that RI board into a head with chassis/transformers/sockets.etc...
     
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    Thanks for quick replies:)
     
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    I think soldering all the components on the board is one of fun parts of building Amps. I like having control of placing everything on the board making it look nice & neat. The end results, is having truly hand wired Amp. I’m sure using that PCB board you would end up with a working amp but building a hand wired board you would learn more have total control of components just a lot more rewarding. I kind of look at as building a guitar compared to building a parts guitar. I also think if you haven’t price everything out to complete that Amp. buying a complete kit might cost less.
     
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    Man I had no idea there was a market for selling the pulled circuit-board guts from reissue amps. Are people buying reissues with the intention of having them re-hand wired and then simply selling the guts off?
     
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    It didn't occur to me either, but makes sense there would be a market for them on the repair side.

    I have seen via Facebook recently a well-known amp builder that is buying up brand-new reissues as donor amps. For the prices he resells at he doesn't need to resell the boards on eBay though.
     
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