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First built - 5F1 - works right away!

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by Little Jay, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. Little Jay

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    I have some experience modding, repairing and maintaining tube amps, but never built one form scratch. So the COVID lockdown was the perfect excuse!

    I had a 4 ohm Jensen P10R and some IKEA-shelves laying around, so I ordered a kit (chassis only) from a Dutch electronics shop (https://www.jukebox-revival.nl/) and off we go!

    The built was simple enough, but man, a 5F1 chassis is cramped! The cab is simple: just glued with dowels and some reinforment slats on the inside. I don't have the tools or the space the make finger joints or dove tails.

    I did change one thing: the elco of the preamp (the last or first one, depending how you look at it) was grounded only with a wire to the ground lug of the input jacks, and thus only through the mechanical connection of the jack to the chassis (the other two elco's were grounded with a seperate wire with a lug on one of the PT-bolts). This seemed a bit strange to me: if the jack comes loose, the elco is grounded thru the guitar strings and the player! Not a good thing imho, so I connected that elco also to ground of the other two elco's. While this may result in a ground loop in theory, the amp is very quiet and only with volume past 75% some hiss and the tiniest hum is audible.

    And it worked right away on the first start up!

    I am very surprised by this little 5 watter! It sounds great and has a lot more volume and clean headroon than I expected. Great for practise at home, but I can see myself doing the occasional coffee-house gig with it!

    The finished product:
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    My DIY ES-330/Casino sounds simply superb through it!
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    Unfinished cab:
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  2. D'tar

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    Sweet! Congrats and enjoy your new tube amp!!!
     
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  3. Little Jay

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    Thanks!
     
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    Good for you. As D'tar says, enjoy. And hey, if TDPRI is any sample, works great on fire-up isn't a universal experience, so feel extra good.

    For future builders reading your post, grounding at an input jack is best done with a star washer under the jack. But there're several quiet ways to do the ground scheme on these little Fenders, and it sounds like yours works fine.
     
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    Beauty, glad you are up and running right out of the box. Your can looks fantastic, these small amps always are much bigger with a big speaker and cab. It is to bad Leo and friends didn’t/couldn’t do the same. I think economic pressures prevented it.
    Cheers Ron.
     
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    In spite of the 10" speaker the cab almost has the exact same dimensions as that of the 8" Champ! It's only a little deeper at the bottom, creating a more angled baffle, which makes the speaker tilt back a little more and points the speaker magnet down a little, so it's not in the way of the tubes or trafo's.

    With my Boss FRV-1 it sounds amazing!
     
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    Congratulations and very well done . Looking at the fiddly bits inside everything is so net and clean, it reminds me of a look of a High Watts gutty-watts. Your skill set is showing.

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    Looks great, way to go!
     
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    Looks pretty darn good. It's a nice feeling when it all works out.
     
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    Great looking build inside and out!
     
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    I never posted the video I made of the sound of the Champ, so here it is!



    (The Champ sits on the floor, not visible. I recorded with an SM-58 into a small mixer and from there into my iPhone X with the help of an iRig)
     
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    DIY Guitar and amp, plus you can play really well!!! Such a tidy build, great attention to detail. Maybe separate you V1 cathode resister from the capacitor as that can get hot.

    Planning your next build yet?
    Take Care
    John
     
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