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Scratch 5E3 Build from junque and some new parts

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by Echap, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. Echap

    Echap TDPRI Member

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    Hey guys. I am pretty new around here and don't post much, but I thought that you all might enjoy a build thread. I started this back about a year ago, so hopefully it won't take that much time to finish. As of today, 12/12/14 all I need to do is finish the wiring. I have all the parts and am pretty close so here is what we have. So without further ado, here is what I did.


    About a year and a have ago, I started thinking about building about building an amp. I have restored antique radios for years. I had even worked on a few vintage amps and knew that they are much simpler than old radios. So I started looking around and found that lot’s of people build amps from kits so it was pretty easy to do. I just didn’t want to spend a ton of money, so since I am into Ham radio, I knew that radio swaps are a great place for parts on the cheap.


    First thing I needed was a nametag so I found this online and snagged it


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    I decided that the 5E3 would be my first build, and that it would be done with mostly old parts. I am not much or a wood worker, so I decided to look around for a dead Solid state amp to use the cabinet from. I placed a WTB ad on Craigslist and ended up getting a bunch of junk really, really cheap. I was picky and that I only wanted a 12” speaker. I settled on a Crate amp that I got for $10. It was complete, so I had to tear it down.


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    So I pulled it apart.


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    All empty, ready new, older guts LOL


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    This Chassis sucks, I don’t want to put this much work in this chassis

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    I got buddy that might be able to make me a new chassis at work, so I design a new chassis in AutoCAD

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    Maybe I got ahead of myself, I got a bunch of parts from this 1950’s console radio that I picked up from Craigslist curb alert. Has a push/pull 6V6 output, tons of tubes, transformers, sockets, pretty much all the expensive crap I would have had to buy

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    Here is the transformer that I am using. Pulled from chassis

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    I decided that the crappy wafer sockets in the console where not going to good enough for this build, so I started looking around the swaps for some sockets.

    I found a box of sockets for $15, so I picked it up. These are just the octals. Lot’s of good crap here.

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    Here is the chassis drilled, painted in Hammertone paint, and mocked up components.

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    Now they are finish installed. (6L6 PA tubs installed as I wanted to make sure they fit, will be part of a future upgrade.

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    Time to start wiring, this is where I am today 12/12/17

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    Hope to have it done soon!
     
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  2. Snook

    Snook Tele-Meister

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    I can't get used to a painted chassis, but everything looks great. WD8DCX!
     
  3. Echap

    Echap TDPRI Member

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    Yeah it was pretty ugly, so I decided to paint it. I got the sockets in your neck of the woods last may, over at the mudfest at Zenia, lol
     
  4. Bard2dbone

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    Any updates on this?
     
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