Building an tube amp

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guitarmattms
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Hey, Folks

I'm very interested in building a tube amp. I have a co-worker who has quite a bit of experience wit soldering and electronics. Who's offered to help me out.

Here's what I'm thinking of doing.

A carvin legacy style amp.

With the only difference being a combo amp with say around 50 watts and a 1x12 speaker.

Now, if I make these changes to the amp it would affect the way it sounds right? I just want something close to a legacy.

Or I even found some schematics for a Carvin X50B which is prob going to be easier to build.


Just wondering what you guys think.

Thanks,


Matt
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Matt,

Awesome idea. Careful this is a dangerous path tho. Expensive and addictive!

That being said, go for it.
Here are a few suggestions that I give you from my experience.(feel free to ignore them)

Start with a smaller project, duplicating a X50b or any manufactured amp is tough to do.
Its hard to get the correct discreet components(resistors,caps, etc) & the proper iron(transformer)
Even if you do, there are unforeseen anomalies that occur during the build of a tube amp that can be very frustrating
and hard to trouble shoot even for an experienced tech on such an elaborate schematic.

Check out AX84.com, i believe they have some reasonable kits available and you could take
this opportunity to learn from your coworker to solder, wire wrap, test circuits and get a good understanding
of tube amplification (If you don't already)

If you go the way of the large project first, just make sure you secure all the necessary components
before you order one. I have several boxes of projects that I ended up with that are a part or two short
because i failed to check the availability and/or affordability of a few key items.

Let me know how your doing and GL. Hope this helps.

Peace.
Michael

PS: I did mention the addictive nature of this correct? You've been warned.
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it is a difficult thing to do and i suggest you try a pedal first to get a taste for electronics . http://www.tedweber.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; , http://www.ceriatone.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;, ax84.com, http://www.smallbearelec.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; , www. tonepad.com

best of luck
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Hmmm, actually I'm going the lazy route and thinking of buying a used Legacy. The only thing now is trying to decide if I want a Head or Combo.
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I don´t think this is gonna work out for you. It will neither sound like a Legacy with a high possibility, and buying a Legacy will propably be cheaper.

I suggest to get a Marshall Plexi or JTM 45 Kit, you´ll have a better quality plexi than Marshall has and you know what´s going on when you build an amp. NOT easy!!!!!!

I suggest you take this one:

http://metroamp.com/store/index.php?mai ... 4pmnffm460

Alternative:

http://www.ceriatone.com/productSubPage ... abinet.htm


But I highly suggest the Metroamp one. You see, you´ll propably never get a Carvin Legacy like amp cheaper than a real one. The Legacy is the amp with the best price/benefit ratio I´ve ever known of. I don´t know how Carvin does that, I think they don´t get that much of money for their own company when they sell Legacys. Though, their research section may not be that big. But however, Carvin seems to be one of the companies that didn´t dive into moneyville´s pool.

Conclusion: If you only want to build it yourself because you think you can get away cheaper, jsut keep it a dream.
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You can buy amp kits but you need to make sure you don't kill yourself by mistake. If you get it wrong you may glow.
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Steve Brown wrote:You can buy amp kits but you need to make sure you don't kill yourself by mistake. If you get it wrong you may glow.

why should you kill yourself? You shouldn´t plug it in while the building is still in progress, of course :mrgreen:. But after everything is done, you put an extinguisher aside the first few times you play it.

You can kill yourself opening it after playing, but that goes for all tube amps.
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