Some of my builds

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by Socrates01, Apr 3, 2020.

  1. Socrates01

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    Hello Friends,

    Seeing as I have a little time on my hands, I thought I'd share some of my builds.

    Backstory:
    I started building amps in 2006 with a kit from Marsh Amps (5F2A). After that I ventured off on my own sourcing parts from a variety of the usual spots. I have learned a lot along the way, but still have much to learn. Thanks to all the folks who share their knowledge on this forum - none more than Rob Rob.

    In an effort to push down my costs (and just for the fun of it), I started building my own cabinets as they were the single most expensive element in a given build. I generally try to source my materials as close to home as possible. Being in Chicago that means Classictone (love 'em), Switchcraft (headquartered in Chicago), CTS (which used to stand for Chicago Telephone Supply), etc.

    Along the same lines, I mostly work with reclaimed wood. That could mean boards from a friend's old attic, some torn up vintage flooring, pieces from a good ol' Wisconsin barn, even a wine crate or two.

    All my builds to date follow in the footsteps of Leo and friends. In any event, here are some pics...


    1. Wood - Wisconsin barn and wine crate remnants.
    Circuit - Tweed Vibrolux-ish
    LittleBarnwood_05086.jpg
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    2. Wood - Alder (like a Strat).
    Circuit - 6G2-ish
    AlderAmp_1.jpg
    AlderAmp_4.jpg

    3. Wood - 100+ year old quartersawn Douglas Fir floorboards.
    Circuit - 6G2-ish.
    CMG2_05080.jpg
    (One of these days I'll get the faceplates done)

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    4. Wood - 80+ year old lap board from a friend's attic (& fruit crate).
    Circuit - 5F2A.
    JT1_0176.jpg
    JT1_0170.jpg

    5. My logo as designed by me.


    MarkosAmps_Logo.jpg
     
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  2. SamIV

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    Talented. Very cool builds.
     
  3. Socrates01

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    Thanks for the kind words.
     
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    Where are you sourcing your grille cloth? Looks like organ origin to me.
    Very nice work.
     
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    I know I've gotten some of it from Antique Audio Supply and some from StewMac, possibly others. I usually look to see who's got some 'seconds/blem' or something on sale.
    Thanks!
     
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    Those are all awesome. Nice work. Love non-Tolex wood cabinets.
     
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    Very :cool:
     
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    Gorgeous work, thanks for sharing...
     
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    Thanks for sharing, good looking amps.
     
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    Like your style.
     
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    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Beautiful, cool work man!
     
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    Outstanding stuff! Well executed. I admire your woodwork. Do you hand cut the joints or have at them with the router?
     
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    Me too ! :cool::cool::cool:

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    Very Nice work. I had a Crate CR-1 that was in decent shape that I wanted to recreate in Birdseye Maple but never got around to it. I sold it to a friend up in Missouri for around $100.00.

    Just to refresh my memory of what it looked like, I searched for and found a neat article on the interweb and figured out I didn't do too bad. I found this link and thought you might find it interesting. It covers the history of Crate amps and why they got that name.
    https://www.premierguitar.com/articles/25566-trash-or-treasure-crate-cr-1

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    Thanks! I cut them on a table saw using a dado set and a homemade jig although I have considered getting or making a router jig for greater consistency/accuracy.
     
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    Wow - so very nice indeed!
     
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    The "Pasque Yuma Melons" sign is a show-stopper! Congrats! How heavy are they?
     
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    Love the wood!
     
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    Thank you! They are not heavy. The woods I use such as douglas fir are lightweight. I shy away from heavy woods like maple and such. Most of the weight comes from the speaker and transformers.
     
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    Very nice!
    I could never get away with that, I need tolex to cover up my bo-bo's!
     
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