Vibro Champ build, first baby step

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    Hi all, Magnus from Sweden here.
    I decided to try and build a Vibro Champ. I've sourced parts from previous builds, bought a few new bits and pieces, haven't made my mind up yet to go with a blank chassis for the freedom of front design or a pre-drilled one. Got a Warehouse G8C ceramic speaker & Hammond transformers from Tube-town and a board from Tube-amp-doctor. Thought I'd document the build since I've searched a great deal myself for build-images. I'm afraid this project will take a while due to a lot of job-related activity until end of year, anyways, here's the first image
     
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    Nice! Very tidy.

    If you want, you can insert pics directly in your message while you're writing it, using drag / drop or file copy / paste or with the 'upload a file' button (on my machine anyway). When they're in the 'gallery' like this I can't see them on my tablet or phone in the tapatalk app.
     
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    How much experience do you have?
     
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    Thanks, and thanks for the tip, just foundation the ”upload a file function” doh.
     
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    *found
    Swedish auto-correct...
     
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    Hi,
    Well, not a huge amount of experience to be honest.
    About 10 years ago I built a 5f1, 5f2 & a 5e3, they all turned out really well and started at the first try. Definitely much more due to my ability to follow build instructions and a schematic, than a deeper knowledge of what the different components actually do to produce and affect the sound of the amp, but I’m learning.

    /Magnus
     
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    You seem to have enough to do nice work!


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    I finished the board this afternoon, I also designed a faceplate that's on it's way from the supplier. Decided to go with knobs differing a bit from the blackface standard, as I'm going with a blank chassis I've also put more distance between the knobs. Anything to be different I guess;-) AA764solderedboard.jpg
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    Tidy!!!
     
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    Nice, one day I’ll get the time to build an Amp. Looking forward to following this build.
     
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    Hi all, weekend, finally!

    Time for a build update for anyone interested in my little project.
    I ordered a faceplate and a decal for the back of the chassis, these arrived this week and turned out rather well if I say so myself. I've also finished my blank chassis and it's quite evident that my graphic design game is a tad stronger than my metal-shop game, well, at age 53 I guess it's OK to be the beginner at something.

    As previously mentioned I've sourced parts from all over, some I had myself since earlier builds, some I had to get elsewhere, then I made some decisions about the build;

    I'll go with 1/4" jacks for speaker & tremolo, as I happened to have a bunch of Switchcrafts lying about, doing no good.

    The tremolo jack will be a switched jack, always on. As I'm a bedroom player (and I don't see this fact change anytime ever) the amp will never be without arms reach from me, I'll simply pop in an empty plug in the jack should I not want the circuit active.

    Since we are apartment-dwellers I decided to install an L-pad attenuator in the side of the cab (the cab I haven't ordered yet that is). When at our summer cottage I'll just bypass the L-pad and let it rip.

    JJ-tubes, Switchcraft jacks & plugs, Carling switch (since I really don't love the sliding switch on the original amp).
    CTS pots, Belton sockets, Hammond transformers.

    That's pretty much it for now, when I get the time I'll solder up the innards and order a cab, most probably from Tubeamp Doctor in Germany since I'm in Europe, the only thing I really don't like with their cab is the "new-looking" grille-cloth, I think I have to get some aged cloth somewhere to make it look just so...

    Now it's drink-o'clock where I'm at, so I'll leave you all with some images of my efforts so far.

    /Magnus

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    Mate, I really like the faceplates. The font looks fantastic. Where did you order them from?
     
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    Cheers BigDaddy, glad you like them!
    I ordered the plates online from a local company, www.skyltmax.se. They make all kinds of signs and such stuff.
    You can design your own plate in their online tool, but the options there are quite limited. Since one of my humble skills is graphic design, I designed these plates in Adobe Illustrator, the font is Futura. Then I just uploaded the design to their site ordering a plate with this by that dimensions with rounded corners and it was in my mailbox three days and €50 later, Bob’s your uncle. I’m sure there are similar services where you reside.

    /Magnus
     
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    Allstar lineup.... My favorites

    King Fan took the word right out of my mouth. Very tidy. Well done. Keep it coming.
     
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    Looking great. I think your 3D engineering on the chassis looks pretty good, I'd be pleased if my current, simply project comes out as well.

    Was it a PDF file you sent? And what material is the sign please?

    I'm trying to find a UK company will do a panel for €25 or so but not found anyone so far.
     
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    Hi, and thanks!
    The local company I used seems to have branches all over the place, in the UK, US & Australia as well. In the UK they are signomatic.co.uk.
    The faceplate is aluminium, 1.5mm which, ideally I would have wanted it thinner, but this is what was offered and works just fine. The decal on the back is a sticker, self-adhesive, from the same company. I enclose the Illustrator-files files I used should they help anyone. I'll post some screenshots of the ordering process below as well, on the bottom of their webpage are all available countries they serve.

    /Magnus

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    I should point out that I'm in no way whatsoever affiliated with the company in question, when looking for a way to make my own faceplate I found a number of suppliers but choose this one as it seemed relatively easy to order from them. Your milage may vary.
     

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    First step, choose your product.

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    Well, next series of images are quite self-evident...

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    Here I choose a white background for my faceplate, could have gone with aluminium I guess but white worked fine.

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    I did NOT add any text at this step as my design was already finalised in Adobe Illustrator.

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    At this step I used the "upload image" button to upload my design. The application wants an .eps or a .svg file, just export this from out of Illustrator. Well, I realise I use the word "just" a bit lightly here, if you're not used to design software you will benefit from help at this point of course, but clearing this obstacle you'll have to part with £33.15, shipping not included, and your faceplate will be delivered a couple of days later.

    Hope this helps.

    /Magnus
     
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    Super cool project displaying an incredibly high level of thought and detail. I am really impressed (and more than a bit inspired). Thanks for sharing!
     
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