Taking the plunge - another newbie starts his first 5E3 project.

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by SteadieEddie, Jun 29, 2019.

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  1. King Fan

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    Proper Harris tweed would certainly be shopping local. Unless Scotland jumps ship and stays in the EU...

    I'm not sure though; compared to suitcase fabric is Harris kind of thicker, textured, fatter, softer, and in some cases slightly fuzzy? Maybe it comes in different weights and hands.

    Would you need to put leather patches on the elbows, or a silk square in the breast pocket? :D
     
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    And it is even better when they share!!
     
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    I do. It makes pulling the tweed or upholstery or whatever covering you are using easier and it won't tear as easily. I did a minor break on mine.
     
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    I've got some Harris Tweed in front of me. It's stretchy, thick and wooly. Wonderful stuff. But would not work on an amplifier.

    I'm in the UK and picked some tweed up cheap on eBay, an amp's worth for £18. Tube-town are the next cheapest, especially if you need other bits.

    I might be buying some from Weber in the US and getting a friend to pick some up on vacation, so if you're desperate PM me.

    BTW, I've got some lovely solid core mains cable for my earth bus bar, thanks for the inspiration!
     
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    Yeah you might be right, think I can get something suitable for upholstery which be OK.
    I'll avoid the leather elbow patches though
     
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    Thanks for the advice Paul-T. Think I need to reconsider - thanks.
     
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    Cheers Preacher I'll do that.
     
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    Eddie,

    Why not finish the cabinet in polyurethane instead? That’s a nice and interesting looking cab, would be a shame to hide it under Harris tweed and leather elbow patches! Here’s a pic of my cab, which I finished last night.

    Franc Robert
     

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    That looks really nice work. Unfortunately I don't think my woodworking skills have been good enough to leave it naked - I wish it was.
     
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    Eddie,

    The cabinet was made by nickfl, not me-I only did the finish work, which is brush on polyurethane. Not too hard to work with, and beats the pants off dealing with contact cement for the tweed. If you’ve refinished a table, you can do this...

    Franc Robert
     
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    That is a good looking cabinet!
     
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    So build still proceeding slowly. I've finished the board and moving onto installing components in chassis.
    Any thoughts about best way to mount chassis in the cabinet to avoid showing screw heads on upper outer surface? IMG_20190803_123625.jpg
     
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    Heater wiring done... IMG_20190814_180630.jpg
     
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    ... And virtual center tap done... IMG_20190814_180827.jpg
     
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    Board looks fantastic, and ground bus bar even better!

    Just wondering, cuz I ran into similar issues in my builds, how close your planned layout will be to jacks and tube socket tabs. I don’t know what chassis you’re going with or the height of your standoffs, but I know it’s gonna be tight.

    Looking forward to seeing this one, very neat work!
     
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    Thanks Bob. Yeah I know what you mean about being a tight fit. Board standoffs are 1/4" I'll have to see how I get on with it.
     
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    1/4” should help a lot.

    I have been making life hard for myself using 3/8” because I hide a ground lug under the board.
     
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    Well, after a long delay due to prolonged illness the amp build is back on.

    Chassis wiring largely done, ready to mount the turret board I think.

    I've decided to add a Master Volume - not authentic I know but amp only for home use.
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    Project resurrection! Nice. Never let a good project die.
     
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    Did you settle the tweed question? My vote would be Harris Tweed, leather handle of course, shellac it for sturdiness. That would look AMAZING.

    +1 ground bus admiration. You need to start a fan club for that thing.
     
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