Hi there. I spent the past Friday and Saturday at a workshop hosted by Mojotone in Burgaw, NC, and I thought I would let you all know how great it was. Last Monday, I saw an ad on Facebook promoting the workshop. The premise? Pay $995 and build your own 5E3 Tweed Deluxe amp. Mojotone's kit costs $750 (the assembled one retails for over $1,100), but I don't have any experience building amps, so I thought it might be a great way to learn a few things and to come away with a great amp. I signed up right away. I drove down on Thursday and showed up at Mojotone first thing Friday. There were seven of us in the class. (They can take up to 20 people in a class.) The workshop was led by Andy Johnson (Manufacturing and Tech Support Manager) and John Manning (Amp Products Manager and designer of Mojotone's new BlackOut Tweed Select amp). They gave us a tour of the facility and then we started working on our amps. Mojotone provided all of the parts and tools we needed, as well as a booklet that included step-by-step directions, a visual image of all the connections we would be making between the various components, and a schematic diagram (which I don't know how to read and never had to use). Here's a link to the 5E3 page on Mojotone's website which has links to the workshop materials: https://www.mojotone.com/kits/TweedAmpKits_x/Tweed-Deluxe-Amp-Kit John and AJ took us through the steps, starting with installing components to the chassis: the power transformer, output transformer, tube sockets, input jacks, etc. They told us what to do, and it was easy to follow their direction. After that, we started working on the eyelet boards holding various capacitors, resistors and wires to connect to the chassis components. We wired them in place and got them ready for soldering. AJ and John checked all of our work before we began soldering. Then we broke for lunch. I have some experience with soldering pickups and pots in guitars but nothing like this. It seemed like a lot of others were in the same boat. After lunch we began soldering the wires connecting the power transformer to the power tubes and the eyelet board to the power and preamp tubes. We finished for the day at about 5:00 on Friday. Burgaw is in a very rural part of North Carolina. After dinner, I just hung out in my hotel room and went to bed. Just as well; I was exhausted after so much concentration on getting things just right with my build. We started back up on Saturday at 9:00, and it was much more of the same. LOTS of soldering. I finished getting everything connected around 1:00. John did a visual inspection of my work, and Andy did a voltage test to make sure everything checked out. Most of it did, but I had mistakenly switched two connections, so I had to change that. But overall, a pretty good job. I then mounted the chassis to the cabinet and hooked it up. It worked AND it sounded/sounds awesome! Here are a few photos, an up close shot of the chassis after final testing and the other with the chassis mounted in the cabinet before I put on the tube protectors and the back panel. I finished up around 3:00 on Saturday. A couple of guys finished before I did and a couple were still working when I left. Needless to say, I'm thrilled with the amp and proud of having built it. I gained a lot of knowledge and got a lot of confidence for doing other kits in the future. The ONLY (slight) quibble I had with the experience is that I don't think I gained a whole lot of basic information about how amps work and the various functions of the different parts. The focus was on how to build an amp, and that's fine. There was only a little bit of info about the amp's signal path and how each component affect's the amp's performance and tone. I wish we had had a little more of that. If you're like me and want to try building a kit but want to be sure it's built right, you might want to contact Mojotone to get on their website for upcoming classes. Finally, in case you're wondering, I am not an employee of Mojotone, nor was I compensated for writing this review. I'm just a VERY happy customer!