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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Chris Hurley (moderator: 7785 posts )
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 14:29 ( . )

By popular demand! :)

Every year it is tradition for us to ask everyone "Where are you from? What have you built? What are you up to?"

This is a good place to answer that. There is another thread that has floated to the top from a while back, but if everyone will answer on this one, it may be more easily searchable for our time capsule in the future.

Anyway, here goes-

I'm from North Augusta, SC, just on the border of GA and SC (Eastern USA). I have a wife and two sons, 16 and 1.625.

I "started" AX84 back on 7/13/1998 with this post to usenet: [link]

I found a champ in the trash one day and after repairing it (incorrectly I later found out- Les bought or traded that Champ and pointed out my error some time later) I was amazed at how little was actually inside a tube amp. Being a semi-frustrated player, I set about to learn how to design and build them. The internet project seemed like a good idea and lots of really great folks came to my aid and actually did a lot of the hard work that you see in the P1, Hi-Octane and the newer projects. Almost all of our early discussions are archived here- minus the first week or so. I'm really happy that we have all of the discussions. I wish I still had the early webpages and early schematic versions.

Anyway, I've built quite a few P1's and Hi-Octanes in stock and varied forms. I started Doberman Music Products, LLC to be able to sell amps and kits and to further fund and support AX84. We've stopped selling amps for the forseeable future to focus on new and improved parts and kit offerings. My wife uses what little time our baby allows to pick kits and ship them out when we have orders.

I've had a little bit of amp repair experience, only be necessity- prior to 1998, I'd never built an amp or had any sort of electronics training to speak of beyond knowing what a resistor and capacitor actually are.

My favorite amp build so far is the last DMP-30 amp I built which was a hybrid hi-octane style preamp into a class-A screen-fed self-split push-pull output stage using 6l6 or EL34. Sounded pretty cool with 6550's too but I was over heater budget. Some day, I hope to have time to build one for myself. :)

I used to have a band where I played guitar and sang ( [link] ) although we haven't been playing much in the last year. I hope to perform again before I'm too old. :)

My day gig is as an IT support provider for [link] .




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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:dave nix (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 14:46 ( . )

whoo wee! top of the thread this time!

I'm Dave, and I am in San Mateo CA, originally from Athens GA many moons ago. I discovered this site about two years ago and have never looked back.

Of course my garage and dining room look like Frankensteins lab most of the time now. My day gig is as a computer graphics animator for DreamWorks, which is pretty cool, but ampbuilding is just a tad cooler.

I've learned a ton of stuff hanging out here. I've built a hybrid amp that combines the Octal Fatness with the Moonlite, and have built a JTM45. I'm currently building an 18 watt Lite clone, and have a wreck in the wings as well.

Whoo hoo!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:waldo (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 15:08 ( . )

I am from Clover, South Carolina USA. It is about 20 miles south of Charlotte, North Carolina. I am 25 and married. No kids yet.

I was into guitars about 8 years ago when I was in high school. I have always wanted to get back into guitars since I traded my electric guitar years ago. Recently, a friend wanted to get a guitar as well, so we both went and purchased a cheap ibanez acoustic. Now, I have an Ibanez as83 on the way. When I save up a few more bucks, I will build a p1 extreme. This is my first post, but I have been reading over the info here for 3 months. This is really a great and informative site.

Thanks to all who contribute here.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mark L (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 15:19 ( . )

I'm from a place called Campbelltown which is on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia.

I discovered AX84 earlier last year when I was looking for an valve preamp for my homebrew SS amp. I hung around the forum for a while and decided that a full blown valve amp was the way to go.

I was short of cash so I built a High-Octane from an old valve chassis that had an EL84 and two other noval sockets, which I found in my fathers back shed.
When I saved enough money I bought a G12H-30, some Hammond transformers and a chassis and started building. The result was a switchable P1/HO type preamps with a non-NFB, cathode-biased, P-P output stage with a choice of either EL84, 6V6 or EL34. Here's a link to some photos etc. [link] Oneday I may re-build it onto a new chassis when I decide whether I like the 6V6's or EL34's better and may add a variable NFB and presence control.

I have been involved with electronics since I was about 14 y.o. when I was involed with ham radio (my father was an old ham operator) so the High Octane didn't cause me too many problems as a first build.

In my day job I'm a Telecommunication Technical Specialist, maintaining multiplexers, optical fibre and microwave radio equipment.

Looking forward to reading the rest of the post.

Mark

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Tenacious B (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 15:21 ( . )

I'm Buddy, and I'm from Fairbanks Alaska. I'm sorta wondering if I'm the furthest north here, heh. Anyway, I got interested in this because I DESPERATELY wanted a Marshall JCM800 and probably will never have the money - so, I figured, why not build one? I started looking at what was involved in a tube amp and found out that there's really not that much to it, parts-wise. I've monkeyed around with some amps that friends had, and the solid-state that I've got, and finally decided it was time to build my own from the ground up, which is where I'm at now.

By day I work as a mechanic for a transit company, but that is certainly far from my dream job. Unfortunately, the IT industry is fairly sparse here in the hind end of civilization, so it's tough to get a job in. I'm being patient.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Thomas (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 15:40 ( . )

I'm originally from Greenville, SC, have lived in Atlanta, Portland, OR, Dallas, TX, and now live in Seattle, WA.

I found this site a little less than a year ago. I have been building effects and synths since a teen (I'm now forty-something*cough*).

I built the p1ex first. Fooled around with different preamps into the p1ex power amp. Did a ptp board replacement for a friends Marshall 100. Did a cap job on a friends VT-40. My most recent projects are JTM45 (almost completed using Ruby iron, chassis, and nice purple head cab), and turning an Electar 30r into a Spitfire clone for my daughter, who is learning guitar. Soon as I finished these up I hope to start experimenting with a Trainwreck preamp into something like a Moonlight power amp. I've got the bug pretty bad. On a recent trip to Ikea with my wife, she noticed my unusual interest in every metal container in the store. At checkout she said "You were looking for things to build tube amps into, weren't you."

My day gig is writing developer tools for Amazon.com. I have two daughters 8 and 5, and a son 7. And a very supportive wife.


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Richard Scogin (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 15:50 ( . )

I'm from Greenville, SC and have been here for pretty much all of my life. Have a wife, daughter (age 14) and son (age 1.25). I use to be an IT manager but got kind of burned on it out so now I provide visualization services (renderings and animations) to architects and engineers. Started tinkering with amps at age 12 when my grandfather gave me a junker from his movie theater. Played in bands from age 15 and still at it. I've built stompboxes, speaker cabinets, switching systems and have modded and repaired amps but had never built an amp from scratch until I found this site about a year ago. Since then, I've built three - Doug's Firefly, Cliff's October, and my latest and favorite, a JTM45 variation. Out of all the resources I've found, this site has been the most valuable and I want to give a big thanks to Chris and all the participants here.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Daniel Garlans (registered user: 3000 posts )
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 15:54 ( . )

I'm Daniel Garlans, I'm 21, and I was born in Granby, Connecticut. I lived in England between the ages of 14 and 17, and now I live in Middletown Connecticut.

I'm a bass player who is slowly moving into the realm of "not a newbie anymore", and I also enjoy making a huge racket on my electric guitar as well; Drop-D power chords are dangerously fun.

I've been interested in Electronics since I was little, as well as computing in general. Ever since my friend showed me a valve hi-fi amp that he built, I wanted to build one myself, but then when I started playing guitar I realized that a guitar amplifier would be more useful for me, so after many many months of research, I settled on the P1X, which I'm using now. I absolutely want to build more in the future, but right now, economics precludes that.

By day I'm a computer technology student at Manchester Community College (which is a great school that I very much enjoy) here in CT, where I transferred after spending a couple of extremely unhappy, unsuccessful years at UConn in Storrs.

For the past four years I've also been an intern at United Technologies Corporation, where I've worked in the network services department doing everything from web application development, to database maintenance, to network hardware configuration, to piles and piles of awful grunt work.

I'm not married, I have no kids (thankfully!), and I'm marginally unwillingly single. Some friends of mine are starting a band soon though, so that'll be fun.

I can be found going to lots of local shows, supporting my friends and all the venues that actually allow non-mainstream music an outlet as well. Long live the local scene :D And connecticut hardcore as well, hahah...

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Newt (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:00 ( . )

I'm Nelson Harrell, and live in Sumter, South Carolina. I've been hanging around here nearly three years. I've built a clone of a Silvertone series-filament amp, a 5F2A, and a P1 mini-stack. My current project is an 18-watt Lite IIa which I'm putting in a Peavey Bandit 112 cabinet. I'll finish wiring it sometime this week, I hope. To show how really old I am, I'm using the trannys, tubes, and sockets from a KnightKit hifi amp I originally put together in high school, circa 1967! I enjoy scrounging old stuff to use in making the guitar amps.

I have a very understanding wife and twin sons aged 21. One is a senior majoring in jazz guitar performance at Univ. of Miami. He's my excuse for building tube amps.

After finishing the Lite IIa, my planned future projects are (in no certain order):

-Firefly
-Real McTube II (I have it breadboarded but want to build it in a footswitch-sized enclosure).
-Spitfire or Lightning clone
-5F3 Tweed Deluxe clone

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Eric Nyberg (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:09 ( . )

Eric Nyberg, Pittsburgh PA USA

I bought a P1 kit from Chris Hurley in August of 2001, and the magic of that first fire-up hooked me for life.

I've built a P1, a Hi Octane head (w/octal mod), a Hi Octane combo, a November, a California Dreamer, an 18-watt Lite II, and a JTM-45. Pictures of amps, sound clips, faceplate files, Visio layouts, etc. are available here:

[link]

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:25 ( . )

And it was your 18W Lite II that first got me interested in the 18W thing... :o)

On 01/03/2005 @ 16:09, Eric Nyberg wrote :
:Eric Nyberg, Pittsburgh PA USA
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: I bought a P1 kit from Chris Hurley in August of 2001, and the magic of that first fire-up hooked me for life.
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: I've built a P1, a Hi Octane head (w/octal mod), a Hi Octane combo, a November, a California Dreamer, an 18-watt Lite II, and a JTM-45. Pictures of amps, sound clips, faceplate files, Visio layouts, etc. are available here:
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: [link]
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Steve Grass (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:15 ( . )

And its Nyberg's JTM-45 that is one of the GREAT sounding amps that really inspires me to push on!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Dave Zeryck (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:20 ( . )

I live in Portland, OR, and have been interested in building my own stuff since I ordered parts back in 1981 to make my own Stratocaster.

I fiddled a bit with a BF Princeton I got for nothing in a pawn shop, which made me read up & learn a bit about tube amps. After tying to make various new amps work for me as a bedroom/basement player I took the plunce & ordered a Tweed Champ kit from STF.

After that I gravitated to AX84, built a California Dreamer, and worked up a schematic and layout with some fixes & the voltages I got as a guide to the next guy. Doing the same now with a HiOctane kit from Chris - documenting a layout for PTP. I have a visio for the faceplate and I'm getting that done up this week so this'll be my first "pretty" home brew.

Building it this week, in fact!

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'Amazing!'
Author:Newt (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:22 ( . )

Ten respondents so far; four South Carolina residents and one expatriate.

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'Amazing!'
Author:Miles O'Neal (registered user: 13998 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 00:53 ( . )

I lived in Augusta for years, but it was very traumatic. So was some of the time I spent in SC with my cousins. Anyone up for hiking in the woods and shooting at folks of different skin color, just because? I wasn't, either, and in 1969 that kind of strained my relationship with a couple of cousins...

Yeah, I know, I know. But that was what it was like at the time, for me.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:philip ruetz (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:32 ( . )

I'm Philip Ruetz, currently residing in Rochester, NY. My wife and I have two sons, ages 12 and 10. Last spring I finished an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Rochester, but there's a surprisingly small demand for philosophers these days, so I've been unemployed since last fall. In a couple of weeks, I plan to begin work toward an M.Ed. degree in elementary education. My long-term goal is to earn teaching certification here in NYS, in order to teach elementary special education. (My 10-year-old is autistic, which is a large part of my motivation to care for children with special needs.)

I started playing guitar when I was a teenager back in the '80s. I didn't have any money for an amp, so I enrolled in a high school vocational electronics program. Fortunately for me, this was back in the days when many tube TV sets were still in use, and I was able to work with tubes as part of that electronics program. About that time, I was lucky enough to find a nice Fender Musicmaster Bass amp at a garage sale for 30.00. During my teen years, I tore that amp apart many, many times, and did all kinds of experiments and mods to it (some more successful than others).

By the early '90s, I had built a couple of amps from scratch -- little SE 6V6 projects. This was back in the days before schematics on the internet -- I have no idea what I based the circuits of those projects on. Perhaps it was Champ schematics from the Pittman book. In the mid-'90s, I bought a copy of O'Connor's TUT volume One and devoured it. That gave me the courage to build an SE 6L6 amp with a 5-stage high-gain preamp. It turned out OK, but it wasn't "the ultimate tone" that I dreamed of. I experimented with other circuits during the next few years, again, some more successfully than others.

By the time 2001 had rolled around, I had built a few projects that really sounded good, and I began posting schematics and info on the web. Eventually, this led to me creating the following website:

[link]

Nowadays, I've got a couple of designs that are, to my ears, nearly perfected, and I've built a few of them for friends, family, and a handful of customers. Eventually, I hope to be able to build a few of these amps per year, for fun and extra income. With this in mind, I launched another website back in the fall:

[link]

I've enjoyed reading (and occassionally posting) on the AX84 bbs for the last year or two -- lots and lots of great folks here, who share their knowledge, help, and humor. I may be a member of a minority here, since I've never built any of the AX84 projects, but I greatly enjoy hanging out with y'all just the same!

Best,

philip ruetz

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:JamesH (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:50 ( . )

Hi, my name is James and I like to electrocute myself. James Hedeman of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I'm pretty sure I'm the only one on here from around here.

I'm 21, in my fourth year of EE at the University of Alberta.

I first found this site while in high school around 99, and printed off the hi-octane and p1 schematics and tried my hardest to understand what the heck was going on, then gave up becuase I was pretty busy with all kinds of other extra cirricular stuff back then. I forgot about it till about 2 years ago, when I decided to build a HO. A couple years of EE schooling gave me enough foundation to understand a little better, and I finally built myself a high octane.

I've since built a P1 for a friend, and rebuilt my HO with a big parallel octal SE power section (rocks). Most recently did some raffler dcdrive mods that are great.

I've got plans for a Plexi6v6/rt6v6 type thing, 18watt lite/vox tu[e thing next summer in a flurry of building, after which I plan on doing some designing of my own once I've got some curiosities satisfied. I will probably build a monster channel switching beast at some point so I can fool around with some electronic switching, too.

I play guitar in a band called Whitemud Drive in Edmonton, too.

This a great site, many thanks to everyone, and keep it loud!

James


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mike_Moyer (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:52 ( . )

I'm Mike Moyer, and I currently live in Blacksburg, Virginia, though I grew up in the Northern Virginia area (Arlington, Alexandria, Occoquan). I'm married with 3 sons; 3, 5, and 8. Picked up the guitar at the age of 14 (currently 33), just as a personal hobby, though I've jammed with some folks on occasion - my time playing would indicate more skill than I have!

I've owned a number of axes over the years, some good, some not so much so. And I needed another amp now that my oldest is starting to take up the guitar, too. I'd never owned a nice amp before, much less one with valves in it! I was doing some research on some amps at harmony-central when I saw a banner ad for ax84.com. I'd never even thought about just building one for myself. Looked into it for a couple of months and then built a P1-eX out of a Doberman kit; finished about two weeks ago. Currently working on the cabinets, trying to do a micro-stack sort of thing. Still trying to decide if I'll add a switchable cascode boost to this P1-eX, or just start a new amp project. Will probably have to wait until after the semester is done and my wife goes back to work!

Blacksburg is the home of Virginia Tech, BTW, where I am an employee (sys admin), and still a student (Mechanical Engineering, now on the 12-year plan, original 4-year was extended by children). Built a few heathkits with my dad as a youngster (clocks/radios/etc.), and have been a geek from a young age (knew 6502C assembly at the age of 10). Someday I'll have another digital camera, and then I'll post some pics of my rig.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:b0fh (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 16:53 ( . )

Eduardo Andrade, from São Paulo Brazil

So far, converted my old 15 watter 'park by marshall' to an octal (mostly 6v6) High-Octane, with a lot of extra goodies... Messed with an all-tube 100-watter I bought in 'so-so' condition too... Planning to convert it (its a twin reverb clone) to some kind of insane metal 50-watt amp.

cheers

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Johan Hedrén (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 17:09 ( . )

I'm Johan, from Linköping in Sweden. Used to play the Rhodes, Clavinet, Farfisa, Mellotron etc when I was young :o). Started with the guitars some years ago, tube amp building in late 2002. And it didn't take long before I discovered this wonderful forum, which has helped me so much (I knew absolutely nothing about electronics before, survived a few shocks and got hooked). So far I have built the P1 with mods, the Hi-octane, the Voxylady (which never stpped squeeling and eventually went back to the part boxes), a thing which was once almost a singel-ended Pignose GA40, the McTube distbox (my first project) and now I'm playing with the octal triodes. Oh, i forgot a simple but lovely EF86-preamp with switches for different voicing. I have separate poweramps and PSUs, for easy experimenting. And this year I will finish ... at least the octal preamp. And maybe a Revibe ... and :o)
Johan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Steve Snyder (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 17:20 ( . )

Lets see... Found the site about a year ago.

I live in Hampton, Ga. (For many, no one knows where this, but Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1/4 mile from my back door.) I have a wife and a son on the way (any day now! Due Date Jan 12th!!).

My first amp I had Paul Ruby build for me so that I could study and learn how these amazing things work. I havent yet built my first, but I have just recently gathered the parts to build an Extreme. So I hope to be putting one together for the first time.

I managed to put up a site of the HO amp that Paul built. Currently its in a M@rsh@ll style head cabinet and will soon be transferred into a new home of either a 1x12 or 2x12 combo cabinet.
[link]

I also have donated some space (and still have more available) so that some of the people of AX84 can host pics and sound clips of their projects. I still havent built an index yet but it will be here soon!
[link]
If you want to host your amp just email me.
steve@attentiontodesign.com

Other than that I think there's only one other person beside Chris in this neck of the woods.

Steve


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jamie Anderson (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 11:06 ( . )

I'm not too far from you in Roswell (North Atlanta). Someday we will have to get together and compare some amps. I am going to put together my Hi Octane someday to compare it with the Paul Ruby Hi Octane you have. I have a few other builds to try out also, a 5E3, an 18 Watt with Graydon's chassis and transformers (needs a cabinet), and a few other small single ended builds.

Anyone else building amps near Atlanta?

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Lee M. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 17:20 ( . )

I live in South Bend, Indiana. Have built a P1 and a November (using Traynor Guitarmate chassis). Also a tweed deluxe (5E3). My youngest child just graduated from college. Hooray!

Check out my stuff here:

[link]

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Matt H (registered user: 7065 posts )
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 17:38 ( . )

Howdy! I'm originally from the armpit of Cape Cod, in MA. My "day gig" is going to grad school, a phd program in Medieval Studies. I'm a lit person that reads in a bunch of dead languages.

I found this site in April of '03, while working on my senior thesis (undergraduate honors thingy) which was on the Oriental and Celtic influences in the Alexander Romance from the original Greek text to a Middle English verse version. I needed a break from working on the thesis, and started looking into guitar amp related electronics because I had a problem with my Blues Deville. Funny thing is, I sent it to a tech to get it fixed, and he just made it worse.

Anyway, I built a HO w/ SE EL34 (Chill variant, w/ stock 269EX voltages). I've also rigged up (temporarily) a small amp with a parallel 12au7 output section one afternoon. It got gutted immediately.

I'm currently working on a voxy/matchlessy project while I finish gathering parts for a JTM45ish project (which will also include a second preamp).

I've done some design work, and have helped in the creation of a few amps on the site. At this stage, I think i'm more interested in design than playing, which I suppose is a bit of a problem.

I started playing guitar after Christmas of '96. I didn't really get remotely serious about playing until '99 though.

Fall '02- Spring '03, I had a band called Marble Factory. We covered a ton of songs from a ton of genres. It was fun, and I miss it. I hope to get another band going in grad school now.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Matt H (registered user: 7065 posts )
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 17:38 ( . )

oops, I forgot, I now live in Ithaca, NY. About an hour south of Syracuse and two hours Southeast of Rochester.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Brendan (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 22:01 ( . )

Matt,
I'm from scranton, pa. We have to get a tri state get together going. I wanted to do one 2 years ago and Trace from Voodoo wanted to attend. You should try his reverse engineered 68 plexi clone, EL34's and no master volume for 1600 bucks. Sound samples are up on his site.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:John Hynes (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 17:48 ( . )

Greetngs All,

I'm John Hynes, and I'm from Dover, NH.

I've built a P1, a P1X, an EL34 High Octane, and a California Dreamer. I've done a lot of work on a Bedrock 1200 head and several other (friend's) amps. Currently, I'm working on a Sunn Coliseum head for a friend of mine - gutting the preamp and putting in a Renegade Preamp/PI.

I'm a UNIX network engineer by trade, and I love electronics as a hobby. I also try to take time to actually *play* the amps once in a while. :)

Other than that, I'm 33, and although I love many different styles of music, I'm basically still a metalhead from the 80's. Most of my amp endeavors reflect that. :)

-John

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Budso (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:19 ( . )

I'm Bud Brown and live in Sacramento, CA. About 18 months ago I got carpal tunnel in my left hand, so I had to put the guitar down and pick up the soldering iron. The hand is fine now but the soldering iron remains on. Thanks to all of the old heads here that have so patiently answered my endless questions.

I first built Phil's P1x, then modded it until the turrets began to loosen from the heat cycles! I then did a cap job on a buddy’s '66 BFSR, along with a few reversible mods. I'm presently in the middle of an 18watt/TMB build in a line 6 spyder cab, as well as a modified Raffler build with Fender style spring reverb. I also ordered up the whole enchilada from Paul Ruby for a JTM45 so I guess my plate is pretty full.

My day job is flying 767 airliners between San Francisco and Hawaii. My night job is taking care of my three young boys. (So much for the amp time) :-(

-Bud





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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Luc Roels (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:12 ( . )

Hi,
I'm Luc from Belgium, I live and work in Diegem (small town 10 miles north of Brussels). Had an architectural practice for about 20 years and started my own software company 5 years ago.
Been playing guitar since the age of 13. Sold about all of my gear when I went to university (just kept a great Levin acoustic). Played very little during a long time (family, job, etc...). About a year ago I bought a new electric and got an Marshall Valvestate on loan from a friend. Tried dozens of amps but never could find the tone that was still playing in my head after all this years (I'm 48 now). So I went looking on the internet and stumbled on this great site. Been reading and studying for about 6 months now and am in the finishing stage of my first home-brew valve amp (a P1). Still need to learn a lot but my buddy Bruno (an EE who eats caps and resistors for breakfast and laughs at me whenever I mention the Tube word) is my guardian angel who keeps me from electrocuting myself. Will put up some pictures as soon as my P1 is finished. I am already dreaming about the next project, probably a California Dreamer;-).
Many thanks to Chris and all the great guys that hang around here. Thank you!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Paul E. Wogg (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:56 ( . )

My name is Paul. I have lived in several states and it doesn't matter where I live, people all say "Pollywog" when they find out my name is Paul. So I gave up, now I just tell them my name is Paul E Dot Wogg.

I started playing guitar at 13, when a neighbor gave me a broken acoustic guitar. I glued it together, then I read in a book somewhere about Danelectro Lipstick pick-ups and how simple they were. So, I got some skinny transformer wire from the electronics teacher at school. I wrapped the wire around a bar magnet that I took off my Mothers refrigerator, wrapped that in black tape, soldered it to a cord. I suspended this assembly over the strings of the acoustic with some plastic and super glue. The amp I had was a Bogen SS P.A. that came out of a school. I hooked that up to some Car stereo speakers and learned some power chords. That set-up nailed "Iron Man"


Now I am 41, work at a defense company in the mechanical engineering department. I have always had an interest in building amps, just never had the opportunity or the time. That's why God made divorces, now I have plenty of time and have built a P1 and now I'm starting to build a 6n1p amp for my daughter. I don't know how that will turn out.

My plans are to build a November sometime this winter.

I love this site, everybody here is helpful and I have a lot to learn.

PS, after all these years of playing guitar, I hear guys like Eric Johnson, and 16 year olds like Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepard and Shannon Curfman, and think to myself “The wood in my Strat would make a really nice pool cue”

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jed E. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:14 ( . )

Jed E. originally from Bishop, CA and now the wife and kid 1 live here now. Kid 2 should arrive sometime around the 25th of January. During the day I draw pictures which eventually get built into raods, parks, sewer systems, overpriced condo's, and things of that nature. I majored in math at Kansas State and later the university of Nevada Reno. I actually play the drums but picked up the guitar around '99 and still don't know how to play it. I've build lots of hi-gain type amps and am finally going to finish the SLO clone I've been putting off and the higher power PSM which is no longer a project here.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Bobby Kirbos (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:16 ( . )

Well, lets see here...

I found AX84 about 1-1/2 years ago when I was looking to build my own tube amp. Like many here, I have become an addict. My first build was a P1-eXtreme which I quickly added a cascode boost to, then made a few mods to that. I have since built a 2 channel, 30 watt SE amp that I gig with. It's a boosted P1-eX, a clean channel, and reverb. I also got my 14 year old cousin into this stuff. We built a small practice amp for him based on the FireFly, using 2x 12AU7 in the power amp. MORE POWER!!!! I am just about to start an amp that is another 2x 12AU7 based power amp with a P1-eX biased pre amp for my lead guitarist.

This site ROCKS!!!!!
bobby at kirbos dot net

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Bobby Kirbos (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:31 ( . )

Oh yeah... a bit about myself

Originally from East Brunswick NJ, I now live in Manchester PA, about 10 minutes north or York, 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. By day, I'm a network administrator, web developer, and programmer for a manufacturing company in York. I spend most of my day in front of a computer. Even when I get home, I'll be up past midnight looking at different amp schematics and tube data, surfing this, and other tube head boards, writing some program for whatever, or blowing $h!t up on some Quake II server. I always have some schematic laying around, or some circuit in my breadboard. My girlfriend calls it my "kitchen table project". She doesn't even ask :-)

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:KurtL (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:23 ( . )

Hi,
Kurt Leniger from Denver CO. 54 years old and still messing with guitars and amps ;)

I have built:
a HiOctane from ChrisH which I then modded to a 6550 output.
something I call the "Deluxe Wreck", a channel switching, 4-6V6 head.
I'm now bashing an Ampeg SS-35 into something I call the Rt15. Sort of a Rt66 channel + a DC30 channel, and some AC15 for good measure.

Best tool found lately is a Unibit 3/16 to 7/8. GET ONE !!!

Day job is s/w for testing Atlas-5 Launch Vehicles for Lockheed-Martin. Can you believe parts of it are still in F-77 ?

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:Joe R. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 19:57 ( . )

You may well have one of the most interesting jobs I've known a person to have! How cool is that? I wanna work for Lockheed :-(

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:Tony Deknes (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 20:54 ( . )

I'm 55... So I guess not... ;)

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:Newt (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 22:18 ( . )

No, Kurt. I'll turn 56 in April.

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:magicdave (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:30 ( . )

56 in May. Was born on Friday the 13th. :-)

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'50 Something Too'
Author:Ed Gerken (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 23:49 ( . )

53, been playing guitar for about 40 years, mostly acoustic. Last few years have been getting into electric & tube sounds. Found this site last fall, built an HO and have done several mods, now tweaked with EL34 output and ROCKS! Recently built a Deluxe 5E3 kit which also sounds fantastic. I am absolutely hooked on this stuff! Used to build electronic kits in high school and forgot how much fun a soldering iron and multimeter can be.
Oh yea, I live in north central Ohio, about 20 min from Lake Erie, an hour west of Cleveland.

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:Miles O'Neal (registered user: 13998 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 01:01 ( . )

Whoa! I thought I might be the Official Old Pfarte 1t 49.

What do we do with Atlas 5s any more????

I miss FORTRAN. I still play with it now and then just becuse I still love it. Hey, it's the vacuum tube of programming languages! I wouldn't mind a job that involved F77. Or better yet, MNF on a Cyber!

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:Andre (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 01:53 ( . )

You older engineers can take comfort in the fact that Fortran is alive and well, and will be for some time. I'm a 25 year old engineering grad student who is heavily critized for using Matlab over Fortran. Every numerical modeler I've met in the ChE, ME and Math departments at LSU prefer Fortran over everything else. LSU boast the world's 4th largest computer cluster with 1024 P4's, and the people who use all use Fortran.


- Andre

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'COBOL humor...'
Author:Stephen Keller (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 16:00 ( . )

On 01/04/2005 @ 01:53, Andre wrote :
:You older engineers can take comfort in the fact that Fortran is alive and well, and will be for some time....
--
This reminds me of that old joke....

It's 1999 and a programmer fluent in COBOL has just had up to here with Y2K remediation. What with changing all those two-digit date fields into four-digit date fields he is about ready to go stark, raving mad. So he decides it's time for a break and goes to the cryogenics folks to be frozen until the year 2050. That should take him beyond the crisis years, if they come.

Next thing he knows, he is waking up in a white room with medical personnel hovering around his bed. By gum, it work!

"What's the date? Is this 2050? Did I make it," he asks?

"Why no sir," one of the doctors replies. "Things were pretty screwed up by the mid-twenty-first century. You are lucky to be alive at all. Most cryonauts have never been revived."

"So why did you decide to wake me," he asks?

"Well the year is 9999, and your resume says that you know COBOL."

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Sorry couldn't resist.

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'Am I the Oldest AmpNut @ 54 ?'
Author:KurtL (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 18:53 ( . )

We just (Dec 17) launched AMC-16 satellite for Dish network.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jacob B (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 18:44 ( . )

Cassville Wisconsin (southwest corner of the state, if anyone has been there, it was on accident or they were visiting relatives or both)

Started on this website about 4 months ago, spent a lot of time reading the BBS and going over schematics rather than studing. I am a junior in the mechanical engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Been playing guitar a little over a year now, and have yet to hear a SS amp sound pleasant overdriven. My musical preferences lean toward classic rock and blues, which initially got me started on the tube amp kick.

I am currently in the process of finishing a P1-eX kit from Doberman. Doing business with Chris has been a pleasant experience. I had a few complications with a faultly power tube which delayed the completion of the build, but I should finish up the build this coming weekend and have pics up next week.

The community here is great. Its the ONLY message board I have ever actively read and participated in that gives useful and helpful knowledge, without nonsense flame wars. Thank You to everyone who has made this possible!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Gary F (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:52 ( . )

I'm also from Wisconsin, just a little north of
Madison in Waunakee. 27, and spent 8 years in the Army Reserves repairing Radios, and 9 working as a Network Engineer at UW Madison. I'm a classic EE dropout, who found a job instead of finishing school. Maybe I'll finish someday, but for now I'm content to dabble with Amps. Just ordered a High Octane Kit from Chris, although I've been lurking for quite some time.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Chill (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 19:37 ( . )

Thanks again for hosting the site and doing all of the work involved with AX84, Chris! It's a great resource and it's really grown since I first started checking the site several years ago.

I'm in Portland, OR these days.

I did a few more builds in 2004, in particular a new push-pull HO style amp with a footswitchable boost feature to engage Ck's on the first two stages. A 210 combo with a November/ 1987 style front end and two post PI MV's, each feeding a pair of octal tubes; initially I used 4 6V6's in it, though right now I have a single pair of EL34's in it for more top end response. And the OD20, a Novemberized version of the Orange OD80 with a smooth taper FAC control, built into a combo enclosure that once was a solid state amp (and was my first HO). Rebuilt the single ended HO (again!) into a head w/ enclosure...eventually I'll have some pics up.

In 2005, I will probably do a couple guttings of old amps with unwieldy chassis' and rebuilding them into new chassis'. One is an old tube radio with an ax7, a pair of 6V6's, and a 5Y3, the other is an old tube PA with three ax7's, a pair of EL84's, and an EZ81. I might also do my first build(s) for other people, as a few folks have asked me to build amps for them. I'd also like to get some kind of amp fest to happen in or around Portland with AX84'ers and maybe some other folks as well; just a matter of sorting out the details.

Chris Hill, aka Chill

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Joe R. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 19:51 ( . )

Joe Rodriguez here from Cleveland, OH, USA. Early last year, I built a P1eXtreme and was one of the early people to try the 1.5K 2nd stage cathode resistor mod. I've been perusing this here forum for the last year and a half or so with the occasional post. I must say, this is my favorite place on the web! It's even got the #1 hot-key on my browser!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:dast (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 19:56 ( . )

I'm Daniel, 27 years old, living in Sweden. More precisely Norrköping

I got hooked on amp building pretty recently so I haven't done much yet. My first electronics project was a Real McTube II. After that I built a High Octane, which after a little polishing and debugging turned out really sweet :) Now I'm in the middle of building a modified Matchless Hotbox. After that I guess I will go for a cleaner amp. Either the California Dreamer or a Matchless Lightning clone

I've never studied electronics though I was always very interrested. I started working as a programmer when I was 17 and have been doing so since

/dast

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:clayton s (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 14:13 ( . )

Hello, Clayton Stock from a little town in the extreme northeast corner of Utah called Hyrum. About 75 miles north of Salt Lake City. Though I was born here in Utah, I grew up in Norman OK and Houston TX. I started playing guitar at 12 years old and played in a couple of bands through high school and a little bit after. Got married and the wife asked that I give up playing and gigging. We were later divoriced. I remarried and my new wife encouraged me to start up again. Even though I had electronics experience from ham radio I didn't know that much about amps. I spent a long time trying to get the sound I heard in my head to come out of my guitar. Lots of stompboxes, amps, pickups. Just couldn't get "that sound". One night I was at an open mic night at a local bar. Everyone that came to play just used the house bands equipment. When it was my turn I got on the stage and went to plug in. When my hand got close to the amp (a blackface fender) I could feel the heat coming off it and could smell that wonderful smell. I realized that it was a tube amp. I plugged in, hit an open A5 chord and was instantly hooked. That was the tone I'd been looking for. A week later I was the proud owner of a brand new tube amp. About a year ago I found this site and drove right in headfirst.I've since built a couple of octal HO's, a P1, Real Mctube, and a tube/ss hybrid of my own design. I just finished a P1x for my son-in-law and my current project in a Trainwreck clone. This site has been great for me along with sites that are run by fellow AX84ers. Right now I'm aiming at doing repairs here locally. I play in a band called Switchback www.switchbackattack.com
We just released our 2nd CD and one of my HOs is featured on about half the tracks. My main gigging rig is a 5150 half stack. Once again thanks to all you guys for sharing information so freely and I hope to be able to add some of my own in the future. Sorry for being so long winded.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 11:27 ( . )

Have you been in contact with JIG, down in Ogden?

On 01/05/2005 @ 14:13, clayton s wrote :
:Hello, Clayton Stock from a little town in the extreme northeast corner of Utah called Hyrum. About 75 miles north of Salt Lake City. Though I was born here in Utah, I grew up in Norman OK and Houston TX. I started playing guitar at 12 years old and played in a couple of bands through high school and a little bit after. Got married and the wife asked that I give up playing and gigging. We were later divoriced. I remarried and my new wife encouraged me to start up again. Even though I had electronics experience from ham radio I didn't know that much about amps. I spent a long time trying to get the sound I heard in my head to come out of my guitar. Lots of stompboxes, amps, pickups. Just couldn't get "that sound". One night I was at an open mic night at a local bar. Everyone that came to play just used the house bands equipment. When it was my turn I got on the stage and went to plug in. When my hand got close to the amp (a blackface fender) I could feel the heat coming off it and could smell that wonderful smell. I realized that it was a tube amp. I plugged in, hit an open A5 chord and was instantly hooked. That was the tone I'd been looking for. A week later I was the proud owner of a brand new tube amp. About a year ago I found this site and drove right in headfirst.I've since built a couple of octal HO's, a P1, Real Mctube, and a tube/ss hybrid of my own design. I just finished a P1x for my son-in-law and my current project in a Trainwreck clone. This site has been great for me along with sites that are run by fellow AX84ers. Right now I'm aiming at doing repairs here locally. I play in a band called Switchback www.switchbackattack.com
: We just released our 2nd CD and one of my HOs is featured on about half the tracks. My main gigging rig is a 5150 half stack. Once again thanks to all you guys for sharing information so freely and I hope to be able to add some of my own in the future. Sorry for being so long winded.
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Tonemonkey (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 20:07 ( . )

ToneMonkey from the Chicago area. This is starting the second year I have been following this forum. I have built a Moonlight, mutated Phil's P1 eXtreme into the PhilTone eX-cbr adding a modified version of Doug's Cascode Boost to the amp as well as a Fender two tube style spring reverb, I love that amp. I have built a stock eXtreme as well, that is destined to turn into something wild in the future! My next project is going to be a JTM45 and a Plexi50 sometime after my upcoming vacation.
Happy new year and thanks to Chris and everyone who participates in this forum!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:David (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 20:47 ( . )

I'm David and I'm an ampaholic. I live in Asheville, NC. I started hanging out here about three years ago. I had NO techinical experience at all. I barely knew one end of the soldering iron from the other. I've built a P1, November, Matchless Lightning, Hi Octane, '59 Bassman, a 120 watt Ampeg-ish bass amp, a Tweed Deluxe, a Trainwreck, a Cali- Dreamer and an El34 Hi Octane. I could not have built any of these without the help I've gotten on this site. I've checked out other sites and ALWAYS come back to ax84. I check out the board every day. Thanks to everyone!! The Cali-Dreamer is my favorite sounding amp, but the November runs a very close second.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Tony Deknes (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 20:49 ( . )

AKA Tony Dennis

I'm from Winter Haven, Florida and presently live just an hour north of there in Clermont, Florida - an Orlando bedroom community. Two 'kids' and a grand son, but only my 18 year old son and I call our place home.

I've been involved with music and electronics since the mid 60's (I was in high school!!!) Over the years - I've built just about everything that can be built at home, radios, amps, synths, effects, various test instruments, etc. Most were built from scratch, but my Heathkit collection would have made any museum proud. Unfortunately it was lost...

I started playing guitar again a couple of years ago after a 10 year hiatus, my son was going through some difficult times when he came to live with me and I thought he might become interested. He was - I bought him a cheap Ibanez starter outfit so we could play together...

I found this site a little over a year ago when I was looking for some information to build my son a tube amp - we had purchased or built a lot of SS stuff to support his interest in guitar - and I said - tube is better and father is always right, no? My first recent tube build was Anthony Noel's Renegade which was completed in November 2003. I've built 2 more of those for friends and I've also built the infamous A1a wr*ck. Just completed a Firefly and have a low wattage version of the renegade on the drawing board.... And parts on the way for a November....

Oh, and Santa left an 'real' strat under the tree for my son this year...

Funny how things work out sometimes...

My day gig is with Sprint Corp - IT area. In my twenty years with them I've been a programmer, project manager, manager, and presently project manager again.

I must congradulate Chris and everyone here. I've learned more from reading this board than I ever thought possible - I mean really cool stuff!!! EVERYONE - keep up the great work!!!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Lazmo (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:14 ( . )

Hi Chris,

Sorry for the rant ...

I'm a newbie here, who hails from Melbourne, Australia. I’m married with an abfab wife called Suzie (who still comes to gigs when she can) and we have 3 gorgeous girls – 14, 7 and 3. I'm 47, but still mentally I'm a child, well at least a teenager ;-)

Eons ago I worked in electronics as a techo. These days, I'm into Business Development for a 3G software startup. I really am a drummer, who took up guitar at the ripe old age of 26 after I removed my right kneecap in a motorcycle accident.

I started guitar on an old LP copy going into a borrowed GoldenTone, and I wanted more drive, so I built a SS pedal (aptly called the OverDose pedal) for more boost. It sounded great, so good in fact that Matt Walker (a famous Oz guitarist) borrowed it and is still using it - I think it has done about 3 world tours and 4 US tours now. He lets me touch it, but won't give it back.

So, I got the bug and built my Kruton, which is a JFET preamp, Bipolar powerIC 50watt SS amp from the Elektor magazine. It is a combo with a Celestian G12-100 and has/had (it's out of action at the mo) a fantastic clean tone particularly with my PG Strat with its vintage neck DeMarzio. To get some nice dirt happening, I prototyped a 12ax7 O/D pedal which I'd found the schematic in some mag. It sounded great, but my music-shop mate gave me such a good deal on a Butler TubeDriver, that I bought 2. One for mild and one for wild. I then built the pedal board from hell, known as the "Block of Flats", with filtered power supply, 2 Compressors, 2 Tubedrivers, Chorus, Digital Delay, Volume Pedal and Tuner. I played 15 years of gigs with my PG Strat, the Kruton and Block of Flats.

I've been drumming again (thanks to double kick pedals) for the last 5 years and have been gigging regularly with my new originals band - unKcut. For the interested I'm playing custom Tempus drums from Canada.

Just recently back into playing axe again, and I bought a Vox Pathfinder 15R, which is a great practice amp for what it is, but it is trying to be something it isn't and this site has wet my appetite.

I feel a HO (with 6550) coming on.

So, hi ….

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Steve Grass (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:14 ( . )

Well, I'll minimize the biography so ya'll won't get headaches, but I live in Dalton, GA. I make corporate video for a living.

I am a lousy guitar player, but love it, and building electronics reminds me of time spent with my dad, and I am really enjoying it, despite being completely unqualified.

As with Tony, guitars have been a great link between my son and myself and we have way too many funky, broken, and odd bits o musical stuff, but we enjoy that activity together.

I have just about completedy my first build, which is a P1 I bought from the ever helpful, ever patient, patron saint of AX84, Chris Hurley.

Now if I can just figure out these heater wires, I can really fire this thing up, or maybe just start a fire!

Please see my OTHER post for the heater wire question.

Steve

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:kevin (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:26 ( . )

Im Kevin C, i live in south windsor ct. Im currently in my senior year in high school. Ive been playing guitar for about 4-5 years and should be a lot better than i am but its still fun.

I saw this site a few years ago and ive always been interested in building an amp and i finally bought a ho kit last week and have it all wired up with some problems i have to work out. This site and message board have provided so much information i dont think id be able to even get as far as i did without it.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jamie Anderson (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 17:18 ( . )

Dalton! I lived up there for a few years after college. The Dalton Amateur Radio Club has a really interesting hamfest in Feb. each year. They have a pretty good parts selection for tube amp building. I will definitely try to make it this year. Last year I scrounged up some old alnico speakers, many pulled tubes, some nice caps, etc.

Jamie

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'So Long, Fellow Houstonians!'
Author:Dimitri Pappas (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:30 ( . )

My name is Dimitri Pappas, 28, from League City TX
(originally from Florida).

I've built 2 high octanes, and a 20W (2 6L6GC in class A push-pull) high octane variant with reverb (1 12AX7 for driver and recovery) and two preamp channels accessible via footswitch.

I was worry that the houston amp get-together didn't work out in the fall. I currently work as NASA but I'm leaving this summer to go be a professor (chemistry) at Texas Tech University. Best of luck to the rest of the houstonians, good luck with the amp get together

Dimitri

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'So Long, Fellow Houstonians!'
Author:Rich Stevens (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 13:00 ( . )

Sorry to hear you're leaving. I still hope to get that Houston get-together organized. Tentative date right now is June, 2019; right after kid #4 graduates from high school.

I'm Rich Stevens originally from Philadelphia but presently residing in League City, TX. 45 years old, been playing since 7th grade with about a 10-year lapse which is only just now ending. My one-and-only build so far is an ECL86-based "13 Watter", converted from a Bogen PA amp. Likely the best amp I've ever owned; whoda thunk it? Even 13 watts is way to loud after 8 PM, so I'm now working on another "18 Watter", but with a low-power 12AU7 output stage. Also restoring my 1984-vintage pedalboard.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jason R. Putnam (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 21:51 ( . )

I live in Odenton, MD- which is kinda between Annapolis and Baltimore here.

I built my first amp about a year ago- a P1 rev. 11 from this site! Now I am toying around with the idea of building an Ampeg portaflex clone.

This might sound funny, but I can't tell you how much building my own tube amp has gotten me into playing more guitar!

Another amazing thing is that, while I have a LOT of electronics experience, it has all been geared towards fixing SolidState computer boards that are inside of pinball machines. For some reason, when it comes to audio electronics and high-voltage tube circuits, I get extra stupid!! That's why this board is so great, because there are lots of brainy folks here that keep me outta trouble! :)

My day job is with a major computer company, and I think it takes a hobby like amp building to keep us computer folks sane!

Jason

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Joe Zadjura (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 09:16 ( . )

Hi Jason,

I am Joe Zadjura, and I am from Ellicott City, MD. I have built three amps so far: a HiOctane, an 18watt, and one that is basically a modified blackface princeton. It has a blackface preamp into a concertina PI into a pair of 6V6GT's. Except I modified the concertina to get rid of some nasty undesirable distorion, and I added an extra switchable gain stage to the preamp for more distortion. It works really nicely. With the extra gain stage swtiched off, you get clean fender tones up to blues distortion when the 6V6's start sining. Then with the extra gain stage switched on, you get some rock and roll distortion. Overall I am very pleased with how it turned out. I have plans to build about 100 more amps. Just can't decide what's next.

If you are interested, we should get together sometime and compare notes.

Joe

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Rod Onotera (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 22:05 ( . )

...from chilly Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Home of the Guess Who, Neil Young, The Winnipeg Jets, The Manitoba Moose, The Winnipeg Goldeyes and of course the Winnipeg Blue Bombers...not to mention the House Of Jim.
Hockey coach, pinball restorer, and newbie amp builder.
Builds: P1, Clean 6L6(MattH's variation on Winnie's) and (current build) a chimera of sorts (Clean 6l6 preamp, HO dirty channel, Fender reverb and P1eX 6V6 power amp.
I'm probably the only guy here that can't play guitar...but I build the amps for my 17 year old classic rocker.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jacob B (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 23:11 ( . )

Thats well then your guitar skills have got to be pretty close to mine :)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Miles O'Neal (registered user: 13998 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 01:05 ( . )

I used to play guitar. But a 15 year hiatus didn't help. When I got started back, I got sidetracked yb those stupid tube circuits, and now I just say I play with a guitar.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:MarkB (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 22:25 ( . )

With the exception of 5 years in Athens GA for grad school, I've lived in the Boston area all my 50-yr. life. I played clarinet and sax as a kid, and quit after one year of music school. Five years ago, I bought a guitar, and started poking around the internet for info. I think I found this place about four years ago, and learned a lot from schematics, threads and the great P1 theory document. I finished an 18 Watt build recently, and now I'm playing with the basic circuit to learn. I'm ordered parts to do a modified November circuit to check out the NFB.

Thanks to all who share their knowledge. If you listen to the media, the internet is Amazon, Google, and porn. The real value of the internet - besides all the free porn - is little groups like this coming together to help each other out.

Kudos to Chris.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jon Fleig (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 22:40 ( . )

I live in Rochester, NY where I'm a software/systems engineer developing interferometers and magnetorheological fluid polishing equipment for the precision optical manufacturing industry.

I appreciate all the work that Chris, numerous AX84 participants, Randall Aiken, Doug Hoffman, Duncan Munro, and many DIY builders have done to publish their creations and knowledge on the web, and to create and maintain these communities.

I got bit by the tube amp bug 10 years ago when I bought a co-worker's '67 blackface Princeton Reverb. It was in near-mint condition, so I was afraid (good thing) to touch it with a soldering iron. Then another co-worker gave me a basket case blackface Vibrolux Reverb, which I restored electrically and mechanically - it's my main gigging amp.

I learned everything I know about tube amps from the internet. I studied schematics, usenet article collections, and many DIY builders' sites for a couple years before attempting my first scratch build in 2003: a Champ-like thing with 6S4 triode output.

With the Vibrolux for gigging, I've concentrated on building mini-amps for indoor wailing. I sold my first two builds (Champ-like and a Moonlight) to guitar-playing friends.

In 2004 I built an Alembic F2-B clone (dual channel fender blackface preamp with bass tweaks) for my band's bass player, two Moonlights, and a prototype build of a classic tube microphone preamp. I've just completed a 1W pentode thing built into a PC power supply enclosure.

I'm interested in developing all aspects of the amp-building craft: circuits, designing layouts, building, and packaging. In 2005, I will do faceplates!

I try to give back - you can see my work at [link]

Other plans for 2005 are to publish schematics for my projects. I document layouts and bill of materials, but don't always correct them "as built", as you should when people might actually attempt to build from your information. I appreciate all the effort a number of you guys take to publish the whole package. I've also found that documenting my own projects for the web makes planning the next one much easier, especially after the completed ones are sold and gone.

I'll probably spend a few more years building for fun, learning, and friends/acquaintances before I attempt a masterwork, which would be some kind of killer gigging amp for me. Fortunately, I know that I work too slowly to ever turn ampbuilding into anything more than a hobby.

-Jon


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Budso (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 00:03 ( . )

Hey Jon, great website with really cool builds. Good job.

-Bud

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Rory Jaffe (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 23:55 ( . )

Davis, California. My son plays guitar and bass, and I've been trying to teach him what <b>real</b> music sounds like. It's worked--he now thinks most new acts are pretty faces with little talent.

As part of that campaign, I started by building the sort of effects that were big way back when but are expensive to buy now: tubescreamer, octavia, etc. As I got into this, I realized just how much the amp contributed to the sound on a record.

I then lurked on this site for many months before my first tube amp build--a November. Since then, I've designed and built a bass amp, and built a Matchless Hotbox clone. I've got several other projects in various stages of completion.

I started restoring some old amps (and selling some of them on eBay) as a way of learning more about how various tubes and configurations sound. By "old", I mean 1940's and 1950's--mostly with field coils. Some of these have an amazing singing sound.

Some of my amp stuff can be seen at: [link]

My day job is as a physician and compliance officer (seeing that our organization does the "right thing" for patients, research subjects, payers, public, etc.)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Frank Benenati (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 03rd, 2005 @ 23:56 ( . )

I might as well join the party!

I live in Garden City, NY...a mid sized suberb of NYC on this dreaded rock we call Long Island. I can't wait to convince the wife to move south!

I've got a wife, 2 year old boy and a psychotic cardigan welsh corgi at home.

I haven't built a single amp yet. I've been reading ax84 for weeks now....and I have to admit, I'm addicted....and I haven't even fired up the soldiering iron yet! :) I'm slowly amasing enough parts to either piece together a P1-Ex or if I'm ambitious, a Raffler....

regardless, I'm about ready to get started and I can't wait! :)

See you guys in the trenches!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:steve k (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 00:44 ( . )

I'm Steve Kolacki from Murrieta, Ca and pretty new here. 44 years old, married with 2 kids, I brew my own beer and am a woodworker. I fix machines for a living and work in a wafer fab making mosfets which are the solid state equivalent of the almighty vacuum tube. Recently picked up the guitar again after a long break. Needed new equipment and decided to build my own. I built an Octane with reverb. I have tried a lot of mods on it some of which I have kept. It's a nice little amp, I call it my little 'HO'. I started out a long time ago trying to turn my old carvin amp into a mesa boogie. Back then there was no internet and no AX84. So when I picked the guitar back up I was pretty damn happy to find this place here along with the other tube amp resources on the net. This is the best tube amp site right here. Thanx Chris for putting it up!



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'Round Rock, TX'
Author:Miles O'Neal (registered user: 13998 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 00:51 ( . )

Miles O'Neal here, living outside Round Rock, which is just north of Austin, TX. I grew up in El Paso, TX til 11, then livedin GA for years. I was claustrophobic out doors. Austin is a great place for us, because it's flat and open enough for me (I love the desert!) but hilly and green enough for my wife (that GA blood).

We've been happily married 27 years this past Dec. 20; Sharon and I have two children-- Josiah (M, 18) completing initial training in the Army, about to go to Airborn school, and Esther (F, 20) who's about wrapped up her medic training in the army, but has run into some minor medical issues herself. PT sucks when you're messed up.

By day I run a small IT dept. in a small (the only) high tech firm in a very small town called Bee Caves (named after some bee caves settlers found nearby!), pop. ~500. But my heart is elsewhere-- guitar amps, motorcycles, writing, youth work (not in that order). I hope to be out of high tech within a few years, making most of my money off guitar amps.

I built a crystal radio when I was 6 or 7. When I was 11 or so, my mom gave me an old, dead, portable tube radio. I took it apart with a wood burning iron to see how it worked. Didn't learn a thing, of course, except the beginnings of bad soldering techniques. So I got some books, and eventually was working on anything and everything electronic or electrical, as long as it wasn't too transistorized. Somewhere in there I discovered a PA amp made a dandy guitar amp, and I also made an acoustic pickup from a small speaker, and an electric pickup from a magnet and wire, for an old acoustic guitar. I even made my own shielded cable (no money!) Went off to college, got into digital, learned some software, forgot about tubes.

In the mid 90s, I hauled out my old Kalamazoo tube amp (acquired after college), and started messing with it. I found the alt.guitar.amps usenet group. As I got back up to speed, someobody sent me an amp to fix, and paid me real money for it. I was hooked.

I was going to build a P1, but ended up designing my own amp that I plan to produce and sell. It's only about 2 years overdue at this point. 8^/ But a day job and kids and a youth group (did I mention that I spend a lot of time with teenagers?) will do that to you. But the Del Rio is very, veryl close to ready. I'm almost ready to build the second full prototype, at which time the first full prototype will become a crash test dummy to see how well it holds up to being dropped, falling down stairs, etc. We'll see how well my cabinet guy lives up to his rep!

Oh, yes. The Del Rio is a kissing cousin to the P1 style amps. It started out to be a Kalamazoo Model One on steroids (the first, functional prototype was built from a Model One), fit for studio use, and has more or less stayed that way. I don't want to post too many details until I'm ready for production, but basically it's gain stage, volume, gain stage, James stack tweaked like crazy, output (and a few goodies of my own devising). I've used a Delft and an old Fender tranny (PR?) but have custom iron on the way. It uses a switchable high voltage supply (described in a thread somewhere here) that bumps the plate voltages (and power output) for more clean volume and headroom. Point to point, all the way, baby!

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'and for my next trick...'
Author:Miles O'Neal (registered user: 13998 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 01:12 ( . )

Whoops!

Aside from the Del Rio, I have two relate dprojects on the front burner, and a couple on the back.

I'm designing a couple of spluffers (splitter / buffers), each using a specialized tube. One has four plates, and two cathodes and grids; this one will be a 1 in, 4 out, spluffer. The other uses a triple triode, and will be 1 in, 2 out (cathode driven). Heyboer should be sending the prototype PTs (low current HV secondary and heater secondary sufficient for one tube) any day now.

On the back burner, some other amps. Some are an outgrowth of the Del Rio, others are not. I thought about a 30W Deluxe before I ever saw Victoria's Double Deluxe. I think I can make a cooler one, and sell it for less. We'll see!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Andre (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 01:40 ( . )

I'm Andre Marquette from Baton Rouge, LA. I play drums for the band Swerdlove (www.swerdlove.com). I've managed to land all of the technical responsibilty of the band including maintaining the PA and the home studio. With that and my day job as a grad student in chemical engineering, I have a lot things to procrastinate doing. So what better to do than to pick up the hobby of amp building? Thus far I have built two amps. Both are Hiwatt Dr504 copies for which the schematics are found on Mark Huss' pages (www.mhuss.com). They both sound great.

The interesting thing about my building amps is that I've done entirely from a heuristic standpoint, since I know little about circuits. Using the combined resources of AX84, Hoffman, 16 Watt and Mark Huss, you can get an answer every question in a way that you don't need an electrical engineering degree to understand it. That's truly a testament to how resourceful these sites are.

My current project is a tube driven bass preamp copy of an Alembic preamp.

The best thing about all of this is that I can't play a single chord on a guitar, and have very little interest in learning.

Good luck for everyone in their projects

- Andre

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Bob S. (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 02:07 ( . )

Bob Stewart, Tacoma, WA. I've been hanging around for three or four years now but not that much in the past year. Moving north from California and getting settled in has taken all my time. Now I'm getting antsy to start building again. I'm one of the geezers here having played for 40 years since starting in college (you do the math.)

Previously, I built a P1 and then got into messing around with variations on other designs. Some of us just can't follow directions. My last project was a very rough variation on a tweed deluxe running 6L6's cathode biased and putting out maybe 20-25 watts. There were some tweaks that made it a great harp amp and I gigged with it quite a bit before leaving CA and my band.

The project that a few people here remember, however, was Spud. A one tube project for which the goal was to see just how cheap I could build an amp. Total cost was well under $50.

This year I resolve to get back into building oddball stuff that no one else has.

Thanks for the forum, Chris.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:John H. (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 03:01 ( . )

Hey
My name is John Hegel I live in Ronan, Montana. I'm 53 and got my first electric guitar about a year ago.(many years of acoustics before that) I got a SS amp with it and it sounded like crap. I found this site and have been reading and building since then. My electronics goes back to the 60's where I was trained by Uncle Sam. Since then I became an electrician and currently work for the State of Montana as an Electrical Inspector Supervisor.
My amp builds are a Modded P-1, a Winnie Thomas Elizebeth 6l6(out of a conn organ amp), and a Matchless Lightning.
With Winnie's Help I also restored a 1949 Fender Deluxe that I found (for $50) in a barn that I was inspecting.
I've sold all my vintage stereo equipment to finance this obsession.
My future holds an 18Watt and an Atlas Tweed(more crunch)
Thankfully counceling is available.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Regan (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 03:12 ( . )

Hi,
My name is Regan, I'm turning 34 in a couple of weeks and I live in a little town near Vancouver, BC, Canada. I have been fiddling with amps and effects for 20 years now, but, mostly in the last7 years(internet help).
Surcumstances didn't let me get much built last year, but I did accumulate a crapload of parts(enough for maybe 10 amps) so hopefully I will be busy building this year!
Regan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Newt (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 10:22 ( . )

"Surcumstances didn't let me get much built last year, but I did accumulate a crapload of parts(enough for maybe 10 amps)"

Sounds like me. When I don't have much time to build, I'm on ebay buying junk. I just counted up and I have donors for seven PP's and 20+ SE's. I've sworn off ebay for a long time!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jed E. (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 10:52 ( . )

I've sworn off ebay for a long time!
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or until that pp 6l6 "vintage" home stereo is going for $20 with 1 hour left and no bids.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Daveg (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 12:40 ( . )

yea,20 for the stereo,60 for shipping.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Regan (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 05:47 ( . )

I had to check today, I have 14 new chassis, most of the iron for them, and 16 amps for modding including old organ amps, two leslies out of organs, and 3 or 4 amps I'm not touching. Darn then there is the 18" bass cab, the 3 4-12"s, the 2-12", and the extra speakers. All this in an 800 square foot bachelor pad. Darn I need to part with some stuff:)
Regan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:69SG (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 09:01 ( . )

Don't walk around in dark with your shoes off.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Big_Stu (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 03:24 ( . )

Hi, I'm from Papakura, New Zealand.

In the last year I have built a P1 and an HO, both stock. I have just rebuilt the HO using a turret board which along with a 2-star grounding scheme has cut the residual hum to virtually zero.

Next on my list of projects is a bass amp for my son. I am looking at a nominal 100W using EL34. So far I have come up with a circuit based on the Marshall 1992?? Once I have sorted out what iron to use I will just need to track down the appropriate funding.

In my real life I am an IT Manager, though I am presently between jobs.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:gloyster (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 04:56 ( . )

Hi , I'm from Italy .
Here are some of my projects :
www.oldcrockband.it/gloysteramp/start.htm

Now i'm still refining the creatures to reach the absolute tone .


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Joey Pazz (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 07:17 ( . )

I am a 21 year old electrical engineer from Jacksonville, FL. I have just started my first amp project, the Hi Octane. Started last night. I have built a couple of distortion pedals in the past, but this is my first amp.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 12:33 ( . )

Have you been in contact with Fabrizio? He's from Italy too.

BTW I'm pretty sure you must be getting more than 18W out of your PP 6V6 amp - maybe more like 22W+...

On 01/04/2005 @ 04:56, gloyster wrote :
:Hi , I'm from Italy .
: Here are some of my projects :
: www.oldcrockband.it/gloysteramp/start.htm
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: Now i'm still refining the creatures to reach the absolute tone .
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Merritt Derr (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 07:58 ( . )

I'm originally from near Cooperstown, NY, and have lived in Flint, Michigan, Trenton, NJ, Rock Hill, SC, Spartanburg, SC and currenty in White River Junction, VT.

I'm 55 and have been "playing at" guitar for almost 2 years. Only regret that I didn't start when I was 15.

I've built a Champ clone from a Tubegarden kit, made some mods for a little tighter bottom end. I'm gearing up now to build the "Winnie" clean version of the P1. I'm working with Chris on a basic kit of parts for that and gathering the rest from 2 or 3 other sources.

I check the board here every day and have been for a few months. After I get past the P1, I'm thinking about a November, California Dreamer or possibly a Raffler, if the schematic ever stops morphing.:o)

I'm a mechanical engineer by education and currently a programmer by trade. I've built a couple of Heathkits over the years, and have always had an interest in electronics of one sort or another. My dad was a ham radio guy and I can remember him cutting holes for tube sockets by drilling a circle of small holes and then breaking out the center and filing the hole round. That makes it hard to complain about being able to just run through with a uni bit.

Merritt

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:EdJ (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 08:20 ( . )

Ed de Jager,Fryslan,the Netherlands.
43, am playing guitar since i was 8 years old.
Built a High Octane and a Renegade.Modded a few tube amps for friends and am now working on a single ended El34.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:TGM (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 08:56 ( . )

Hi guys,

I'm from Worcester MA, 45 years old, I'm an immunologist by trade.

I've built 3 small amps. The 1st was mostly Adam Alpern's MicroChamp, the 2nd was a low voltage Firefly (back to back 12v transformers, no voltage doubler) and 3rd was another low voltage model with a 12AX7, a 12AV6, and a 12CU5 - strangely enough my best effort to date.

Tom

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 10:57 ( . )

Looks like you couldn't immunise from the amp bug then! :o)

On 01/04/2005 @ 08:56, TGM wrote :
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: I'm from Worcester MA, 45 years old, I'm an immunologist by trade.
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Joe Zadjura (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 09:40 ( . )

Who: Joe Zadjura

What: HiOctane, 18Watt, and my own design loosely based off a Black Face Princeton with a boost switch that adds an extra gain stage for over the top distortion. Switch off, and you got Deluxe tones from the 6V6's.

Where: Ellicott City, MD

When: Started in 2001

Why: Just thought it would be a cool winter project to build a Hi-Octane. Didn't expect too much, but when it sounded better than 99.99% of what you can buy in the guitar stores, I was hooked.

Day Job: Network Security Engineer (sort of like an anti-hacker).

Next Amp: Not sure, there is a guy that wants me to build him one. If that pans out, I will build whatever he wants. Otherwise, I am going to build an amp based off the HiOctane preamp (with mods of course) and a pair of KT66's that I have sitting on my workbench just waiting to scream.

Anyone in the Baltimore/DC metro area, that wants to get together, give me an email: joe.zadjura@comcast.net

And let the electrons fly!
Joe


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jef (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 10:17 ( . )

I'm Jef from Belgium. I live in Antwerp and I work in Brussels. I'm an art historian working for the Flesmish government, (cultural heritage dept)...
I played acoustic guitar in a band for years during my college days, then put the guitar aside (kids, lots of work in the house...)

Two years ago, a telecaster followed me home. I played it through a tiny headphone amp because we had a baby in the house. While I couldn't make too much noise, I decided to build a tube amp: a 5e3 tweed deluxe clone.

Building tube amps is addictive I must say. Last year I had the opportunity to restore some of my friends' amps (Fender silverfaces) and I built myself an 18watter.

I have two amps in my basement which I'm going to rebuild: an old Italian amp ("Sound") with 2 x EL84 and 4 ecc's and an Earth Sound Research hybrid amp with 4 6L6's in the power amp...

Jef

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Al Nelson (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 11:50 ( . )

Greetings all.

I am Al Nelson from Austin, Texas, USA. I started lurking here in '99. I got the amp bug so badly that I left my software job and became a full time builder in 2001.

Since then, I've come to specialize in very vintage-inspired, 50's and 60's styles of amps, influenced by lesser known models like Supro/Valco/Alamo, Univox, Ekosonic, Selmer, Watkins, tweeds and so on.

This site has been an important resource for me and so, I am glad to share whatever information I've come across. Beware though, I build plenty of amps, but I am no EE. My suggestions tend to be 15% technical information and 85% experience, learnings from many past mistakes and blind enthusiasm.

Happy New Year

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Newt (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 11:59 ( . )

Al, do you take personal credit for such tone-describing terms as "thick as a Soviet swimsuit model"?

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Al Nelson (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 12:37 ( . )

Er, uh...yes, I am afraid that is one of my chestnuts. Can you tell I can't afford a real copy writer?

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:richierick (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 13:02 ( . )

Happy new year to all fellow tube-amp nuts. I'm from Jamaica, benn living here 13 years. Used to play in a in one of the top bands there. Electronics has been my hobby since age 12, and I built all kinds of low voltage solid state stuff like alarms, effect pedals, and an all-in-one, similar to the Zooms, which didn't exist at the time. The only tube projects I built were at age 14+, I built two hi-fi preamps using an ECC83 in each one. I used to have 3 twin reverbs. Two were great, (too clean tho') and the newest one with Master Volume/Pull Switch, was the worst a dud, always burning out resistors, tubes, and trannies. I have a Bassman 100 that is perfect, and I really lucked out when I found you guys as this is perfect for what I want to do, which is to wallow in tube stuff, and build myself the perfect amp (for me).

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Stephen Keller (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 13:18 ( . )

Hey all:

I live in Portland, OR and have been messing around with tubes and amplifiers for a few decades. In the past few years I've built an 18-Watt Lite amp and have a little thing called the milliAmp about half-prototyped on my work bench now. It's a single tube amp built around the 12DW7 (two dissimilar triodes). Sadly, work on the project has stalled for lack of time. It took me about two years to build the 18-Watt, so it looks like I'm about on schedule. Sigh... Hopefully this month will provide some opportunity to get the milliAmp prototype running.

Other projects in the works:

1. Converting an Amperex suitcase amp into a guitar amp. The wiring is done, but the troubleshooting has only just begun.

2. Design to convert a Heathkit AA-181 into a guitar amp with integrated remote gain and master volume pedals (always wanted to try that). The pedals manipulate low-voltage bias levels to control the gain stages, eliminating signals issues with the remote pedals.

3. Design for a three-tube amp using the 6080 twin power triode for the output stage with a couple of 12AX7s for preamp and phase-inverter.

Lately, I've been more interested in gathering and reading old tube articles and books than in building amps. More librarian than engineer, I guess. Recent acquisitions:

F. Terman, Electronic and Radio Engineering, 1955

Reference Data for Radio Engineers, c. 1954

K. R. Sturley, Radio Reciever Design, Part II (These are scans only of the first two chapters on amplifier design. I really enjoyed Sturley's discussion of amplifier design. It's more detailed than just about anything else I've read on the subject. Lot's of math that I'm trying to wrap my head around.)

P. J. Baxandal, "Negative Feedback tone Control -- Independent Variation of Bass and Treble Without Switches," Wireless World, vol. 58, no. 10, October 1952, p. 402 (this is a really lousy photocopy of a microfiche document, but more or less readable).

A couple of dozen IEEE publications from the 50s and 60s on amplifier design.

Stph

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'Milwaukee, anybody?'
Author:Grange (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 13:24 ( . )

I've been hanging around here for a while, mostly learning, and contributing when possible. So far I've built a Matchless Hotbox clone that I stuck an HO output stage on and I love it for home use. I've built a November Lite, but put in selectable volume knobs (poor man's channel switching)and the Hoffman hot switch. This is my main amp so far. I've built a 5E3 type thing with SS recto and the Weber $15 Revibe PT. This thing is pretty good too. I've recently completed a Firefly in a small box (4"x6"?) is it the 1590BB type box? I can't remember. I am amazed by the good tone at low volumes. Finally, I have most of the parts to build a P1 Extreme, and then I think I have to be done unless I can sell one of these puppies.
I play off and on around Milwaukee in a band called the Beauvilles,and I usually use my November for that. I'd love to get together with other Milwaukee builders, if anyone is interested.
Jeff LaGrange

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'Milwaukee, anybody?'
Author:Jacob B (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 15:17 ( . )

I'm at school here at MSOE. I will be finishing up a P1-eX this weekend...

Jacob

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'Wisconsin in general?'
Author:Jacob B (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:22 ( . )

Anyone from wisconsin?

Jacob

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'Wisconsin in general?'
Author:Todd (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:30 ( . )

At least a few of us... Wausau here.

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'Milwaukee, anybody?'
Author:Grange (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 22:42 ( . )

Do you plan to get that thing out into the world with a band any time soon where I can come hear it? Unfortunately, with the young kids here at home, I don't get much of a chance to crank my amps anymore, since our band seems to be on a bit of a hiatus. I'd love to hear that P1X when it's finished.
Jeff

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'Milwaukee, anybody?'
Author:Jacob B (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 23:59 ( . )

I can hardly play, much less with a band in pubic...

I can crank it in the dorms during the day, depending on who is around. I dont want to have to move it too much cuz its in a 1x12 closed back combo...its a tad heavy and bulky

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'Madison, WI'
Author:Gary F (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 00:06 ( . )

Madison here. Work donated an old Tektronix O-Scope and probe to my desk, not to mention a DMM, soldering iron, rivet tool, drill press, and punches. Ok, so I don't get to keep them, but it's sure nice to be able to borrow tools. Besides, no one else would ever use the stuff. With the exception of the drill press, I think most of it would have been trash bound.

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'Madison, WI'
Author:Jacob B (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 00:14 ( . )

Well score! I could probably get most of that stuff here at school if I talk to the right people...

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'Madison, WI'
Author:Bernie (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 16:32 ( . )

Gary,

I too am from Madison. I have built a HO, and a P1. Both work well. I did however, rip apart the HO. I don't think it had as much output for the type of OT I was using. I am working on building a PP 6L6 Plexi type (like Mark Huss's model). How long have you been building? Any amps functioning yet. Let me know.

Bernie

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'Madison, WI'
Author:Bernie (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 22:32 ( . )

Gary,

I am from Madison too. Get in touch re this site.

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'Madison, WI'
Author:Gary F (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 08:44 ( . )

This will be my first amp build, so no real amp experience. I've worked on other things in the past, but nothing with tubes. I successfully repaired an 1980s Korg rack delay with a bad power supply, not to mention circuit board repair in general. I think the only thing I really have going for me is that I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to neat wiring.

I work at the UW and most of the guys I work with started out as electronics techs back in the days when we'd still do component level work on computers, cable TV amps, and such, so I had most of the tools handy already. Still, they don't expect me back into work after I start this amp build. I think everyone is pretty well convinced I'll spontaneously combust as soon as I plug it in.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Patrick Moore (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 14:10 ( . )

'lo all

I'm based in Belfast, Northern Ireland and have thus far built two amps (an 18Watt Lite-II and a Firefly, both of which I enjoy enormously).

By day I'm a ph.d student working on SoC designs for Network Security, and over the coming year I'm hoping to build another amp or two. I may even put them in boxes, though that would require woodwork ... something I'm not entirely enthusiastic about. :)

Keep on burnin'

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 15:40 ( . )

How about buying a dud amp off eBay and then using it's cab. Alternatively Vyse/Torres UK sells flat-packed guitar amp cabs...

On 01/04/2005 @ 14:10, Patrick Moore wrote :
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:... and over the coming year I'm hoping to build another amp or two. I may even put them in boxes, though that would require woodwork ... something I'm not entirely enthusiastic about. :)
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Patrick Moore (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 11:31 ( . )

All good options, but mostly on this is lack of necessity and laziness on my part. I have access to all the tools I need to do it and I've built suitable boxes before.

When I really need it done I'll do it; almost certainly after a visit to Messers B&Q for a lump of suitable ply cut to width. :)

Having said that, if I ever fall across a suitable amp going cheap, I'll obviously welcome it with open arms! (never turn away good pruk)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mark aka aquaboy (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 14:27 ( . )

Mark A. Portland, Oregon

Built: lots of effects, no amps to date. Slowly collecting parts and courage for a November.

Currently on the table: analog multi-effects unit with remote switching and expression pedals.

Day job(?): Masters of Education student at Portland State University. Also, I'm an artist for Rivery City Travel (www.travelpdx.com)

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'Philadelphia area'
Author:SDP1234 (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 14:27 ( . )

I've finished 3 builds. The firefly and el34 HO builds sound great but my first tube build (hotbox) was doomed due to a very poor layout.

Currently I am working on a SE renegade type amp and a quad 6v6 Atlas Tweed for a friend.

I have a guitar and have been trying to learn how to play (off and on) for 6 years. My son is currently using the HO in a teen band at church.

I have a technical school training in electronics that was completed just after tubes went out. The only tube training was studying for FCC tests in the late 70's

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'Philadelphia area'
Author:Brendan (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 14:57 ( . )

Scranton Pa here. I've been here since 2000. I play as a hobby, I've had lessons in grade school but gave it up because the teacher didnt know KISS music. Other than that I am self taught playing ace frehley licks. I've built high gain amps with tweaked HO preamps and EL34 and 12au7 poweramps. And a P1 combo with a 6aq5. I'm gathering parts for a 12V amp and thinking on the terms of a SE EL34 plexi. Also looking into attenuators.

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'Silver Spring, MD (DC burbs)'
Author:Joe V. (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 15:14 ( . )

I got started on this after I built a couple of stomp box distortion projects.

I wanted to try something bigger, and looking at a GA-15 schem made me think "that's so simple, I bet I could build that!" I got a P1 kit from Chris and the rest is history, as they say.

I soon scrapped the P1 for parts for a HO variant of my own design (really just some serious tone-stack and bias tweaking), and I'm totally hooked now!

I just bought a new house in MD and after I get the main part livable, I'm going great guns in transforming the workshop in the basement to an amp-building heaven!


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'Silver Spring, MD (DC burbs)'
Author:Joe Zadjura (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 09:02 ( . )

Hey Joe,

Joe here (Joe Zadjura). I live in Ellicott City. We should get together sometime to trade notes. I have built a HiOctane, 18watt, and one of my own design. It's basically a black face princeton without the reverb. I liked this idea because the princeton used the concertina PI, and I had never used one before. I though the advantge would be that I would have half a 12ax7 left over to add a switchable extra gain stage. I later found out that the concertina design in the black face fenders have a bad design flaw, that clips half the signal comming from the cathode of the concertina. I changed the value of the bias reisitor and that cured the problem. So now it sounds a lot like a black face deluxe when cranked without the extra gain stage, and with the extra gain stage you get much more distortion. Worked out really nice, in my opinion.

Joe

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:I got started on this after I built a couple of stomp box distortion projects.
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: I wanted to try something bigger, and looking at a GA-15 schem made me think "that's so simple, I bet I could build that!" I got a P1 kit from Chris and the rest is history, as they say.
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: I soon scrapped the P1 for parts for a HO variant of my own design (really just some serious tone-stack and bias tweaking), and I'm totally hooked now!
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: I just bought a new house in MD and after I get the main part livable, I'm going great guns in transforming the workshop in the basement to an amp-building heaven!
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'Silver Spring, MD (DC burbs)'
Author:Joe V. (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 12:49 ( . )

Sounds cool! Drop me a line at the_lurking_one AT hotmail.com

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Geoff Gross (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 15:29 ( . )

I'm Geoff, I've been around for a few years now, but haven't been very active on the forum or building on my own the last several months, as my studio/amp room is under some major construction.

Anywhoo, I've built a P1, a modified champ, a 2x6BM8 amp with a plexi-ish pre, and my latest (a year old now! Sigh.... no time for building anymore) a channel switching, bells & whistles loaded 15W 2x6V6'er.

Interested in doing a 6V6 plexi when I get my studio back.

Day gig is an RF engineer.

Playing in 2 bands in the LA area right now.

Cheers!
Geoff

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Kenny Martens (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 16:39 ( . )

Hi,

I'm from Ichtegem, a little place 20km from Brugge, Belgium.

I don't post much but I've been reading on this website & forums for almost exactly 1 year now, and I've built a P1 (el84 run at about 300V at 12.4W dissipation with partial tonestackbypass & herzog mod) and I'm curently tweaking a single pcl82 amp driven by a mosfet booster (about 2.25W in pentode and 0.7W in triode arrangement) the triode section is biased according to the p1ex idea of Vp = Vb/2, and it sounds good, at least to my ears ;)

I'm planning on making a single 12ax7 preamp based on the dc-drive from the raffler project, and there's also a 30W 2*EL34 Viking Amp for which I just received a new PT (it also needs some fixing),...

So much still to do, but I love it :)

Thanks Chris for setting up this place, it's a world of knowledge ;)

Bye
K

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Brandon (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 16:52 ( . )

First off, BIG thanks to Chris and all of the regular contributors here!!!

My name is Brandon Buell and I live around Knoxville, TN. I'm currently a gen ed student at a local community college, but I'm going to Middle Tennessee State University next fall to persue my dream, recording engineer and producer. :) (you can check out their AWESOME Recording Industry Major at www.mtsu.edu/~record). I also play in 3 praise and worship bands (which are largely the same members, just a few differences here and there ;) and a Christian metal band as well (www.uncondemned.com).

I just found the board I think at the end of October/beginning of November. My neighbor gave me a 1958 Heathkit W4-AM all-tube hi-fi amp that I recapped and did some reasearch, and ended up here. :) I built my first amp, a P1X, just this past Friday and it sounds GREAT!!! Pictures are at www.freewebs.com/resilientaudio.

I'm now planning on begining work on a Hi Octane with the P1X output as soon as I get back from a studio internship in LA (that I leave for tomorrow ;). Again, thanks to all here!

Brandon

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:David Riggs (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 17:21 ( . )

Hi All!

I am about to build my first amp, probably a P1 according to Winnie's plan with a 6L6.

My main reason for taking this project on is to give me something to do with an elderly friend who is retired and hasn't much to do. He has a lot of experience with tube circuits and has already taught me a lot about the subject.

Another reason is that I am a semi-retired luthier who can't stay on-task. I have also recently started winding my own pickups.

Joplin, MO is my home, and I play sometimes in a semi-pro rock-N-roll band called "Uncle Daddy".


Davy Riggs

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:garry parker (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 18:35 ( . )

Hello all, I'm Garry from Birmingham, England.

I built a P1 a year ago and had loads of fun changing components around to get different sounds.

I've just finished a combo which I call a P1 jnr as it has no tone stack, reduced preamp gain, a single tone control in the preamp, and master volume in the power amp.
The tone control dumps treble and sucks a bit of volume, but I use it loads more than the full tone stack on my first P1.

My next amp will be a 6V6gt version of my P1 jnr.

Thanks to Chris and all the experts here.

Garry

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jason M. (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 19:59 ( . )

Wow, I can't pass up an intro like that.
I was born in Joplin, MO, then moved early to Ponca City, OK, studied Electronics Engineering Technology at OSU in Stillwater, OK, then moved off to Texas to be a software engineer.

I've beeen hanging out here for a couple of years, but I work slowly, so I've only finished a HO kit from Chris with a chassis and turret board supplied by Paul Ruby back before corporate America tried to crush him.

Actually, I built a Theremin from a kit from Paia Electronics in there too, but currently I have some of the parts for several amps (6 chassis, two turret boards, a cabinet full of resistors and caps, 3 PTs, 6 OTs) so naturally I've been building cabinets for amps I haven't built yet;)

I've finished a nice bloodwood head cab, and it's gorgeous, but too narrow for the smallest chassis I have (guess I'll have to get KomboKing to bend me up a 4.75*12*2 for a Firefly). Currently finishing a curly maple Trainwreck-style cabinet I'll likely put either a Raffler or a P2 variant with a second channel in it. While the finished Self-Split EL34/6N1P HO languishes without a cabinet, despite the Purpleheart in my garage earmarked for it.

My day job is designing, coding, and testing software to control contrary hardware and fighting stupidity at it's source (all too often, me).
-jmm

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:MatthiasM (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 18:42 ( . )

Matthias from somewhere not to far from Hannover, Germany. Now an EE student :).

Came here some years ago, built a cake pan P1 (modded, still being used), a vox-inspired EL84 SE, a 5F2-A style 6L6 SE, a HO (which BTW might be for sale for parts cost, as it is either haunted, miswired after 100 checks or i just hate the tone) and a FireFly with boost (gets used, too).
On the drawing board for this year is a two channel bass pre with a Fender and a SVT channel (including inductor mid control), maybe on PCBs, in a 2U rack case. This project will probably take forever (or die like lots of other amps before...)


;Matthias






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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:1965mt (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 19:37 ( . )

I am Michael Gaines. I tried going by Mike, Michael, MikeG, but there are about a dozen of each of those! 1965MT is a really cool boat that I restored, but have since sold.

I have wanted to build tube amps ever since I was a wee little lad. There were schematics in a popular mechanics encyclopedia type bookset that we used to have and I wanted to build it! It was, if memory serves me, a williamson type HI-FI.

I had an old silvertone reverb that somehow came up missing while I was away at school.

I have built a HO, 2 5E3's, and 2 18W's. I am currently gathering parts for a NORMAN.

I do a ton of woodworking too. I have built just about every piece of furniture in the house along with amp cabinets.

By day I am a Project Manager. By night I am usually asleep!


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Dan Souder (registered user: 953 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 20:07 ( . )

Portland OR, via the SF bayarea.

I found this site about a year ago and have been hooked every since.

I've built a p1(kit from Chris) which is now being converted into a stand alone reverb(R1).
2 Ca Dreamers(one for a friend).
Next up is a JTM45 with iron from Paul.

I'm a unix software developer(C++) for electronic design automation(EDA), and general unix hack.

Also a roady for a teenage rock band(my two sons who play bass and drums, built in rythme section)


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mark S (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 23:59 ( . )

On 01/04/2005 @ 20:07, Dan Souder wrote :
:Portland OR, via the SF bayarea.
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: I found this site about a year ago and have been hooked every since.
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: I've built a p1(kit from Chris) which is now being converted into a stand alone reverb(R1).
: 2 Ca Dreamers(one for a friend).
: Next up is a JTM45 with iron from Paul.
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: I'm a unix software developer(C++) for electronic design automation(EDA), and general unix hack.
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: Also a roady for a teenage rock band(my two sons who play bass and drums, built in rythme section)
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Looks like there's going to be a pile of JTM45's going together at once. I guess we'll just have to commandeer the non-AX board for a while. 8^)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:David E. (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:09 ( . )

Houston, Tx.

I've built the HO, which I love (given I can't play guitar all that great.) (and on which I made just a few mistakes ;-)

Can't decide what to build next - hi-fi, 5e3, spitfire, 18watt (lite), or a p1x. But whatever it is it's coming soon!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Paul Brousseau (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:17 ( . )

I'm Paul, a scant 29 years old, and I live in Oakland, CA. I rarely poke my head this way these days, what with work (I'm a software engineer), seasonal activities, and various negative distractions. I'm interested in rock, industrial, and hip-hop at the moment, which is subject to change at random, as a listener, a creater, and a recorder.

I've read a good deal on tube amps and started collecting parts, but have yet to build anything, which puts me exactly where I was this time last year. :P OK, I did manage to repair a busted Ampeg last year, but that's about it.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:magicdave (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:38 ( . )

Originally from the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY, currently residing in Fredericksburg, Va. Moved here from central California about 18 years ago. I will be 56 in May. Discovered this site 3 or 4 months ago after finally giving up on analog discrete guitar amps. I was looking for something light and easy to carry but nothing will replace tube amps for rock'n'roll and blues, tube power mike preamps make vocals better too. I will be starting my first project in a couple of months. Long time performer (almost 40 years). Have built many tube-kits "back in the day" of Heathkit/Dynaco/Eico, etc.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Wade (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 21:52 ( . )

I'm brand spanking new to amp building. In fact just a few hours ago I played the first ear splitting chords through my first P1. (awww)

I've been building guitars for, oh 3 years now... moved into effects last year. Even since before I knew thing one about electronics (now, what are those chicklet shaped things again?), I'd been eyeing this website, and the projects herein. Effects projects this year have been: Oktavia, Orange Squeeze, Marxhal Blues Breaker (ooh baby), 2 clean boosters (love em!), and, yes of course, a fuzz face. Having just gotten sound out of the P1 tonight I am, without a doubt, already hooked. I know I'll be as into effects and especially (money permitting) tube amps as I am into designing and building those addictive stringed melody machines.

It's got some bugs I need to work on, but good gravy, the tone really, really is there (did I mention it's ear splittingly loud?? (I'm running 3 Celestion 102db Neo speakers, in case anyone is wondering)).

Chris, thanks for help on the kit. This thing is a screamer.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:KyleJ (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 22:09 ( . )

I live in the Parlin section of Sayreville...yes, the home town of Bon Jovi.

Build the P1 then took it apart and build a P1-eX.

Just bought a LP Std off eBay...should be here any day. Can't wait to plug it into the P1-eX.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:KyleJ (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 22:16 ( . )

...a bit more...

Married with Children...two boys.

One attending Northeastern U. in Boston the other in the local HS.

Programmer, and general computer nut.

Have played guitar around 30 years...sill a rock star wanna-be.

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'So many nerds'
Author:Dan Souder (registered user: 953 posts )
Date: Tue, Jan 04th, 2005 @ 23:24 ( . )

I guess it makes sense, but there are a very large proportion of engineers/software/IT folks on this site. How come so many engineers I work with can't carry a tune, and wouldn't know good tone if it was the last thing they heard.



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'So many nerds'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 08:57 ( . )

I went for an interview once for an EE job. During luch hour I noticed there was a band rehearsing in one of the labs, which happened to be sound-proofed. I asked what was happening and was told that several of their R&D guys were also pro or semi-pro musicians, and they had a band that played local gigs. Some of them had been session musicians. They asked if I played anything, and when I said guitar and bass, they said they were really looking for a drummer! :o) In the end I did get the job offer, although I turned it down for another more interesting one...
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:I guess it makes sense, but there are a very large proportion of engineers/software/IT folks on this site. How come so many engineers I work with can't carry a tune, and wouldn't know good tone if it was the last thing they heard.
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Luap (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 05:02 ( . )

Dyslexic, 39, from Santa Cruz, Koli-fornia (official spelling now) Married for 15 years, have a 10 year old Jack Russell that hates rock and roll. 3rd show of hands for me. Played my last big gig with a band New Years-2000

My background is in Art, with an electro/tech-slant (Tesla coils and Jacobs ladders were the rage when I was in school) -an IT job pays the bills here as well (storage).

I started messing with guitar around 1984 (back in art school). My first amp was made from a WW-II navy shipboard intercom (at least that's what I think it was) that I picked up at the Berry street mall ...a nice name for the Roseville dump!

-My main interest now is in quiet cranked amps using starved and dry cell tubes, and spice modeling. Love modeling as this gives sequentially impaired persons like myself the ability to actually work with the concepts presented here and firm them up with visual feedback/reinforcement.

I've only worked with tubes thus far, but on new years eve I bought my first transistors (gasp!) plan to build an iso circuit for my sound card so I can do overlays of spice and o-scope waveforms (damn, ...it's good thing I married a woman BEFORE taking up this hobby)

I have yet to build an "official" Ax84 project yet, but hope to contribute something to this fine community (other than comic relief). Currently I'm trying to start a dry cell sub-mini project. Thanks to Jan Hagstrom who sent me some sub-minis. Hope to have the webpage for the project up someday this year.

Here is a couple of Tracktion test recordings of the Micro-Bolt (t-bolt inspired sub-mini amp)
[link]

Some of my earlier amps on my site in progress:
[link]

[link]

[link]

Thank you Chris Hurley for the best Christmas present again this year. Tracktion has got me recording again!

Happy New Year all!
Luap

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jake (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 10:23 ( . )

TheAX84 forum is a great source of ideas and has been a fascinating help to me!
I am in Cambridge, England and work as a composites engineer. I bought a 70's Fender Dual Showman for next to nothing years ago but it was far too loud and clean for my taste - I like to play crunchy slide guitar.

I use the chassis for amp design experiments - 6 preamp sockets, 4 octal sockets and plenty of room for components and control knobs!
I have built Marshall 1987, AC15, Firefly, Moonlight push pull amps and a P1Extreme.
At the moment I am building the Raffler circuit with options for including the DC drive mods / NFB mods from Jukka and Carl B.
I have also built a 'Leslie' type cabinet using a ceiling fan motor as the drive unit.
Like many of the forum contributors I know I will always need to try just one more mod for the tone that I heard somewhere, sometime...
Jake

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Doug H (registered user: 5398 posts )
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 08:50 ( . )

On 01/05/2005 @ 10:23, Jake wrote :

: I have also built a 'Leslie' type cabinet using a ceiling fan motor as the drive unit.

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Hey, that's a good idea! Next time I throw out a ceiling fan I'll remember to save the motor...;-)

Doug

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'Los Angeles here'
Author:Max Blast (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 11:56 ( . )

I am a Los Angeles native and the San Fernando Valley in particular. I am too old to tell anyone ;-) for real. Not exactly married and no kids.

I had played guitar since I was 16 after my Mom got me my first quitar (Les Paul Junior, double cutaway) and I played until I was about 30ish. I ended up with the obligitory Marshall 100 watter and built my own Vega G32 cabs with speakers my brother bought from Vega himself when he was building them in his garage in North Hollywood. I quit playing altogether in 1982 after some personal disasters but hung onto my 1980 Stratocaster and my costum BC Rich Seagull that I first got as a project out of Bernie's trash dumpster (literally), sold off the Marshall head but kept the Vega cabs and all the other tube stuff I had accumulated (various Fender and Gibson). I did a little Fender modding back in the 1970s similar to Mesa mods for distortion via added preamp stage. (I know just enough to be dangerous to myself and others)

Discovered AX84 a couple of months ago and spent five full days exploring the site. (guess you could say I was totally consumed)

I have just dug my Fender Bronco out of storage to rebuild into a HiOctane/6V6 style amp using the shematics found here. Using the tremelo tube as the first stage to drive the rest of the stock fender circuit. I fell in love with the EL84 sound last year when I got a Crate VC20 off of ebay but I am going to start out using all the 6V6/6L6 stuff I already have for projects and learning. (4x10 Bassman,Dual Showman,Gibson Falcon,Gibson Vangaurd,Fender Bronco)

Thanks to Chris and everyone else here for all the great help, I really need it and will be forever grateful.

Max Blast

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mark Borrow (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 12:58 ( . )

Currently in Birmingham, AL (here for a year).

So far, have only built stompboxes. I've been lurking here waiting to jump in.. really have an urge to build amps. So, I've been reading and listening and lurking and trying to learn as much as I can so I don't blow myself up.
"-)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Alan (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 13:49 ( . )

Alan Hoggard, Marine City Michigan.

I have built:
H.O.
P1 EX
Fender Champ

I am attempting an 18 watt, but having alot of noaise problems.

I am addicted, I have about 4 more tha I want to try.
I really really want to try the octal fatness!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:dennis boles (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Feb 05th, 2005 @ 13:42 ( . )

finally|
someone from michigan.
i'm in livonia.
have built a p-1, a champ,
and a tweed fender pro.
-dennis boles

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Daveg (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 13:56 ( . )

I'm Dave,a profesional cabinet/furnituremaker from midcoast Maine.I stumbled on this site about 2 years ago,while looking for info on repairing an old Kalamazoo I got at a yardsale.
I got the bug and I've since built a Supersingle ended champ,a spitfire.a 5E3(my favorite),a trainwreck,another 5E3 with 6L6's,a P1,and I just finnished a 5F6-A bassman.I'm a hopeless collector of old tube stuff and most of my amps have at least some salvaged parts.Thanks for this tremendous resource.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Dave (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 13:52 ( . )

Terrell, TX here

Just found the site, tickled my geek button, and now, I think I want to build an amp :)


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Po' Boy (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 05th, 2005 @ 23:49 ( . )

Not sure how I missed this thread...
I'm Chris, from Galva, Kansas - 43 yrs old, married, all my kids grown and gone except one. My day gig is as an electrician in an oil refinery, by night I play guitar and sing in a classic rock and blues band called Night Train. I'm the proud owner of a Renegade, which I didn't build myself, and I'm currently reading and studying, and saving my pennies for a P1 kit from Doberman. I love hanging around here, I've gained alot from everyone's input - so hopefully I won't blow up either when I start my build.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Ken W (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 00:18 ( . )

My Name Is Ken Wigginton, I am 16 years old and I am from San Jose California, US, and have built absolutely nothing!!!
I have built however a pedal that runs on a 12AU7a tube which to be brutally honest sounds like shit to me,but hey that's what you get when you put a sensitive input and output right next to the ac mains in line! Nothing but 60 Hz Hum!!! YEAH
I have sold a couple of tubes on this forum but nothing else!
I just enjoy reading and learning off of the seemingly unending amount of knowledge that lies in waiting here in this forum.
I heard about this site from GuitarPlayer Magazine, and have been checking it out for quite some time now.

The thing that I love most about this site is the fact that people build awesome amps into CAKETRAYS?!?!?! O..o.O..o.O..o.
That makes me laugh everytime I think about it.
Maybe some day I'll get myself together and work up enough initiative to actually build one of these babies.
I hope to be an electrical or computer engineer so I guess that this is a wonderful place to start.
If anyone has any reccomendations and/or details on what kindof project I should start out with that I can sell for money without losing profit, it would appreciated. Income is a main concern because I don't quite have a job yet (My RealMcTube (realMcCRAP) is afraid to leave the house because it might kill somebody if they step on the stomp-switch) But hey you can't make it perfect on your first try right?.... Right??? Someone Please tell me you can't!?!?! :'(
this has been fun and I hope to actually build an amp some day...

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Doug H (registered user: 5398 posts )
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 08:46 ( . )

I'm 45, been playing guitar for 36 yrs, live in Orlando FL. I have a wife and two kids, 10 & 16. I work in the aerospace industry as an embedded systems developer.

I became interested in music electronics back in 1974 when I built a fuzz box when I was in a high school electronics class. Since then I have built and designed so many distortion/overdrive/fuzz pedals that it is really pretty silly... I started fooling with amps about 5-6 yrs ago when I bought an Electar 10 and modded it so much that it finally quit working.(;-) One of the mods was a High Octane preamp and I became acquainted with ax84 through that.

Since then I developed the Firefly. That was a frankenstein project for some time while I tried all kinds of ridiculous non-documented mods to it until I settled on the cascode thing. After that I built David Jones' Octal Fatness. That is my main workhorse amp now and I love it. It's definitely a favorite.

I stay pretty busy at my bench with amp ideas and still build a few pedals here and there too. At some point I would like to build a "junk" amp made of oddball tubes and parts I have lying around. I think it is fun, in a "junkyard wars" way, to take everyday unwanted, unused and overlooked parts and make something cool out of it.

This is going to be a busy year for me, but I will check in here from time to time. This is a great place, the best of its kind on the net. Kudos to Chris!

Doug

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:george (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 10:02 ( . )

- I'm in the desert outside Boise, Idaho, wide open spaces where I can make as much noise as I want. I'm a geochemist when I can find work, been learning tube amp lore for the past few months. I just got a p1-x kit from Chris, it's scattered on the dining table right now, should be soldering in the next couple of days. This site is great, I've learned lots from searching the archives. Thanks Chris and everyone else -

george

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Fabrizio (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 11:26 ( . )

Fabrizio Cadenaro from Trieste, Italy.
I'm 23, university student (engineering).

I started tweaking with amps in 1999 and since then built (and rebuilt!) an heavly modded november and a much-more-modded renegade that both sound great!


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mike Tierney (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 11:47 ( . )

Have built the P1. I have a Harmony H420 I'm restoring, also a 60s mono Bogen PA I'm thinking of modding. Thinking of building the November or an 18 watter. Work as a software test engineer. I'm in Timonium Md. (North of Baltimore Beltway).

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Newt (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 12:57 ( . )

"I'm in Timonium Md. (North of Baltimore Beltway)."

The home of one of my favorite songwriters, Cheryl Wheeler!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Tom Mast (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 16:04 ( . )

My name is Tom, I live in Warren(Detroit), Michigan. I am 31 years old, I have built a Weber Champ kit, as well as a recently completed Doberman P1 eXtreme kit.

I have been lurking here since sometime in 2000, but this is the first time I have posted anything. I studied electronics in high school, 8 semesters, plus about half of an associates in electronics technology. Changed gears and earned a BS in Computer Aided Design. I am currently working for an automotive supplier, designing controls and face plates for audio and hvac.



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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Brandon Nadler (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 06th, 2005 @ 23:15 ( . )

Brandon Nadler - Tupelo, Mississippi. Moved here a few years ago from Baton Rouge, LA. Yet another engineer, 43 years old, married, 2 children, 4 amps. Great site, if it doesn't get me divorced. I'm getting ready to start on an HO with my 14 year old son who is just getting started playing guitar.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Lee Morris (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 23:38 ( . )

Tupelo ,Miss. Brandon's neighor across town.
Origially from the Delta , Greenville area. The worlds richest farmland and poorest people (well , almost). I have only built an HO (which I really like, thanx Chris). I have a '55 Tremolux and a '60 Vibrolux. Their maintenance (stewardship) is what brought me to learn toobz.
Thanks, Chris , for the great site. And to all of the fine folks that post here, keep being smarter than me ( not too hard , is it?) so I can learn .


LeeMo

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jeff S. (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 01:57 ( . )

Jeff Spencer, Vernonia Oregon (halfway between Portland and the Pacific Ocean). 44 years old, two kids (a boy age 7 and a girl age 2). Family, kids, job, life - not a lot of extra time for amp building. Mostly at night when everyone else has crashed and IF I have any energy left. My day gig: Electrical Engineer for the past 13+ years. Been playing guitar for 30+.

I found AX84 some time in 1999 or 2000, back then I used to lurk occasionally in the AGA and RAT newsgroups but the egos and bad attitudes from a select few there outweighed any interesting information I was seeing. This place has a very different feel and is really something special. Thank you Chris!

Last year, other than tweaking up a bandmate’s stock Carvin BelAir (the Clean channel was fine but the Soak channel really needed some help --> removed the clipping diodes from the Soak channel then re-voiced the overall amp a bit. It really opened up after that!), and doing a Cap job and conversion from 6550A’s to EL34’s on my only remaining Marshall bought new back in 1981 (a JMP MarkII 2104 50W MV head), I finally made the time to built a “stock” HO. Parts in January, layout done by April, build during spring, “done” by August.

Absolutely no oscillation problems even with everything dimed. In it’s original form, it sounded OK but not great (very similar to most of the good HO mp3’s - gainy but just a little too buzzy). Do not get me wrong - I LOVE the classic Marshall vibe - but the Rev. 4 stock HO IMO is “close but no cigar”. So like a LOT of folks around here, it was “mod time”.

I intend to eventually document the changes (pix, layout, mp3’s hopefully, and schematic) and post them for review. Besides choosing different Rk’s to get the 2nd and 3rd stages close to 1/2B+, I used un-bypassed split plate load resistors there to raise the overall plate loads (giving a better bias point and distortion characteristics) but dump the excess gain without having to rely on the stock 6db pads between stages.

My modified HO has replaced the 2104 (used with a HotPlate) as my main gigging amp. Through an Avatar 4x12 cab, I can hear it OK on stage. I play it on 10 ;-) A Shure SM57 and a H&K RedBox inline take care of sending signal to mixer for FOH and monitors.

For 2005, I want to quit fut-sin’ around with the HO and build something new ;-)

I’m torn. Although I have the iron on hand to build either a Plexi6V6 or a BF Deluxe clone, the “AX84 thing to do” at this point would be to go ahead and build a November. Maybe I can do more than one amp this year.

Thanks for the BW. Out.


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 09:34 ( . )

So first post the mods you did to your HO!
Then don't forget the 6V6 Plexi is also on the November project page, as a November variant. That amp is amazing with 6V6s.

On 01/07/2005 @ 01:57, Jeff S. wrote :
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: I intend to eventually document the changes (pix, layout, mp3’s hopefully, and schematic) and post them for review. Besides choosing different Rk’s to get the 2nd and 3rd stages close to 1/2B+, I used un-bypassed split plate load resistors there to raise the overall plate loads (giving a better bias point and distortion characteristics) but dump the excess gain without having to rely on the stock 6db pads between stages.
:

: I’m torn. Although I have the iron on hand to build either a Plexi6V6 or a BF Deluxe clone, the “AX84 thing to do” at this point would be to go ahead and build a November. Maybe I can do more than one amp this year.
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jeff S. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2005 @ 14:14 ( . )

On 01/07/2005 @ 09:34, Zaphod wrote :
:So first post the mods you did to your HO!

Will do Phil, Thanks for the comments. As soon as I can find my digital camera's charger (Dooh!) or just breakdown and borrow a different camera, I'll snap some pix to post. Am currently redrawing the "final hack" version schematic in OrCAD, and cleaning up a hand drawing of the layout. No way to record a sound clip yet, but one of those little Behringer mixers and some software like Cakewalk is on the short term "I want this" list. As far as DIY amp mods / designs are concerned, I feel they are rarely ever "done", but as much fun as it has been, eventually one has to close a chapter and move on else nothing new gets done.

: Then don't forget the 6V6 Plexi is also on the November project page, as a November variant. That amp is amazing with 6V6s.

Yes, I had my eye on that basic concept - now I'm sold. I have a complete set of iron on hand that should work OK for that project, and I'll have a better change of swinging the Behringer and Cakewalk purchases past the household CFO (also known as "She Who Must Be Obeyed") if I can tell her that we don't have to put out $100+ on transformers this time. I have received "training" that "Hobbies are great but the mortgage payment comes first"!

Hah, she thinks it's a hobby. I know full well it's an addiction ;-)

- Jeff


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'Howdy neighbor...'
Author:Stephen Keller (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 10:13 ( . )

Hey Jeff:

You're just down the street from me, sort of (30 miles or so). I work in Hillsboro and live in the St. Johns area of Portland.

You don't by chance know a gent named Rob Garcelon, do you. He lives (used to live?) out in Vernonia.

Stph

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'Howdy neighbor...'
Author:Jeff S. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2005 @ 14:29 ( . )

On 01/07/2005 @ 10:13, Stephen Keller wrote :
:Hey Jeff:
:
: You're just down the street from me, sort of (30 miles or so). I work in Hillsboro and live in the St. Johns area of Portland.
:

Hello Stephen,

Cool! I work in the Beaverton / Hillsboro area too. I see an impromptu amp show and tell / brew consumption "after-work event" in the future! (or whatever beverage is allowed - some of my close friends have had to give up the juice so I'd understand and honor anyone's personal choices). Chill has spoke about a Portland area "AX84 ampfest" - I think it would be great to get together and meet some of the local folks. And make some noise!

: You don't by chance know a gent named Rob Garcelon, do you. He lives (used to live?) out in Vernonia.
:
: Stph

No. Not that I can recall. Feel free to drop me a line at the following address,

khaiTHEUNDERSCORECHARACTERmanATagalisDOTnet

Just decode the obvious spam block CAPS that stand for a single character.

- Jeff


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'Howdy neighbor...'
Author:Dan Souder (registered user: 953 posts )
Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2005 @ 15:04 ( . )

Jeff,

I believe there are at lease six Portland area ax84 builders so maybe a show and listen event is in order. Anyone want to throw out some dates for a Portland ampfest? I'd like to hear DaveZ's new HO.

Dan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jed E. (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 10:43 ( . )

I think a schematic and pics are in order as well.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jeff S. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2005 @ 14:30 ( . )

On 01/07/2005 @ 10:43, Jed E. wrote :
:I think a schematic and pics are in order as well.
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- Jeff


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:GroundhogKen (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 08:55 ( . )

Hi everybody. My name is Ken Gray. I've never posted here before but I've visited the AX84 site for about 4 years now.

40 years old--I live in Rochester, NY.--married, two daughters(8 and 4). I'm an electrical engineer.

I mostly post at Amp Workshop and I am the moderator at the Hoffman board. I also read the Weber board, the Gear Page, 18 watt, Hiwatt, JTM45 groups.

I have a 66 Super Reverb, 65 Deluxe Reverb, a Vox Cambridge Reverb, a Bogen CHB10, and a cathode biased PP 6v6 thing with an AB763 preamp. It used to be a solid state amp that I rescued from a dumpster. Oops--can't forget the Hammond B3 and 122 Leslie.

I actually spend more time talking about tube amps that I do building them, but know I've helped out a few people and have sure sent a lot of guys over here to AX84 to do their homework.

OK that's enough me ,me ,me!

Great site, best regards,
Ken

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 10:54 ( . )

Well, I guess I ought to step up to the plate now. I'm originally from Betelgeuse Five and spent my childood and teens in a number of obscure parts of the universe and planet earth, from Afghanistan to Barrie Ontario. I also carry the pseudonym Phil Rowley, mainly when gate-crashing parties on earth. I got into electronics at the age of 10, mainly with radio projects. Of course on Betelgeuse Five, we also do a lot with photonics and positronics too. Reading old amateur radio books got me hooked on the tube stuff, but somehow never thought of combining that with my guitar playing, although an old Grundig tube tape recorder made me a great home practice amp. Studied an EE degree and went off into the digital land of ones and zeroes, and eventually into IT stuff. I hate to confess that I was mainly playing through SS amps, stomp boxes and digital FX until a couple or so years ago, when I decided to find out what the tube amp thing was all about. Bought an old amp off eBay and started modding it, round about the same time as discovered AX84. And so there we are. I build amps very slowly and carry on tweaking them after they're "finished". The prototype P1 eXtreme and Marshall 18W are my two favourite amps at the moment, although I really must do a 5E3 soon. And I've gotta build a big bass amp to replace my Trace Elliot I use at the moment, in between flights across the galaxy and gate crashing parties on other planets. Then there's this pentode boost pedal I have in mind.

And BTW I'm very, very lazy...

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:dave nix (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 19:19 ( . )


: And BTW I'm very, very lazy...
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perhaps so, but you and our friend Mr Ruby have kept me from frying myself or blowing up my projects on many occasions... So I raise my Pan Galactic Gargle-Blaster to you and say "cheers".

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:abecknell (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 13:23 ( . )

Hi Everyone,

Alan Becknell here from Ellicott City, MD (Joe Z - we have to get together sometime this year!). Lurked here for a couple of years before building a Firefly a year ago and then a P1 eXtreme this year. Gotta get some info up on my site about the eXtreme because it is a great amp and has been getting a lot of use at home and in the church band. Was going to build the Octal Fatness next but think I'll do a 5E3 first to get a really different type of sound. So much to try!

Most of my time outside of work is spent doing "kid stuff" with the family - my two boys (11 and 14) are avid soccer players and I help coach. And they're budding musicians ....

By day I'm a scientist/engineer with a chemistry background currently working for a company that does big plasma processing machines used for making silicon chips. However, our division is being moved to Boston later this year and we've elected to not to move so I'll be finding some new work sometime soon.

Thanks to everyone that contributes so much to this site - I love it!

Alan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Joe V. (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2005 @ 14:22 ( . )

Hey! I'm in Silver Spring....I'm sensing a pow-wow coming on.....

Joe V.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:abecknell (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 11th, 2005 @ 14:15 ( . )

Cool - e-mail me sometime at:

alan AT maizingrayz DOT com

I'll try to get back in touch with Joe Z too.

Alan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:RupertB (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 07th, 2005 @ 16:12 ( . )

Raleigh, NC

In 2002 I got disgusted with my self because after 20+ years of playing electric guitar, I knew beans about how my gear worked. So I got a used Electronic Circuits textbook and read it. Then I found ax84, aikenamps, duncanamps, etc. and read some more.

In 2003 I built a Matchless Spitfire clone which I later modded to the specs of a Lightning.

In early 2004 I built a 5E3 tweed deluxe.

Details on those two can be seen here: [link]

Last week I finished a California Dreamer, which I'll present this weekend to my cousin as a welcome home/merry Christmas (belated) gift. I'll post some pics soon.

I've got my eye on the Octal Fatness for my next build. Yes, I'm hopelessly addicted to building amps. I've learned a ton and saved myself a lot of grief lurking & searching here. Thanks everybody.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Ross M. (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 00:17 ( . )

I don't post here much anymore, but back in about 2000 I started reading here and used the info I learned as a basis for building my first project - the (now gone) Voxy Lady - when I was 17 years old. I still read from time to time to see what people are arguing about and what kind of hot topics are popping up in the amp world.

I'm now 20 and an engineering student at Oklahoma State.

I always tell people you can learn to do anything on the internet, no matter what it is or how old you are, as long as you have the patience to read and learn it. Admittingly, the university library does have way more technical info than I've ever been able to find on the internet about vacuum tubes. Rows and rows of tube books.. I doubt some of them have been touched since the 60's.

I posted almost this exact thing at Ampage and remembered to come back here - Sorry. ;)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:JIG (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 01:11 ( . )

Better late than never;)

Hello, I go by JIG on the net but my real name is Troy. I have been hanging out here for going on three years now although I don't post much now that my first build (6V6 plexi) is done.

Those who want to see can go here:

[link]

I am like Phil and a few others here in the fact that I too played mainly through solid-state amps for WAY too many years and then decided to see what the hub-bub was concerning tube amps.

So I decided to buy an Electar Tube-10 and that started it all. I eventually came here to the AX84 and my eyes and ears were OPENED! Hallelujah!

The Tube 10 is in most respects a P1eX although I think I will still be tinkering on it for a while to come yet. Thanks again Phil.

I do plan on building more amps in the future. The first one will probably be Doug Hammond's boosted Firefly or a November or Hi-Octane. I do have some stuff kicking around waiting for the opportunity.

So once again, mucho thanks to Chris Hurley, Zaphod Phil, Doug H. Mark Huss, Randall Aiken, and all of the cool people who traffic here. I could not have accomplished what I have without you and this forum.

God bless you and keep you in this new year,

Troy

(JIG)




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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Chris Parker (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 08:11 ( . )

Hello and Happy New Year

Chris Parker, 23. I reside in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, in England. I'm in the final year of an Electronic Engineering Masters Degree.

I've only built the one amp, A California Dreamer. It was my first effort, and after about 6 months of tweaking i'm more than happy with it. Massive thanks to all at this board for making that possible. My band is currently in limbo, so apart from the odd Jam here and there, it hasn't seen any 'real' work. I'm sure it would cope though! (fingers crossed)

Pretty Busy at the moment with Uni stuff, and the only real projects I can fit in with my degree stuff are effects pedals here and there, but I wouldn't mind trying a November or similar when I have the time (and money!)

So, all the best for 2005 everyone.

Later.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 08:26 ( . )

Hey, I used to live around those parts for a while. Went to Lufbra Uni and then worked for GPT in Beeston. Where are you studying..?

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: Chris Parker, 23. I reside in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, in England. I'm in the final year of an Electronic Engineering Masters Degree.
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Merritt Derr (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 19:39 ( . )

Troy:

That amp is one fine looking piece of work. I'm getting ready to build a Winnie style P1, and I hope it looks at least half that good when I'm finished with it.

Merritt

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'Fabulous Las Vegas!'
Author:Brent H (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 10:57 ( . )

... At least that's what the sign says;)

Happy New Year!

I'm Brent Harrell (hey Newt, I wonder if we are related?) and I am now hopelessly addicted to amp building. I grew up in Kingsport, TN, lived in Marion, VA, for the last 12 years, and moved to Las Vegas last April. By day, I'm an estimator for a large construction company. When I moved here, the moving company "lost" my Carvin X100B head, which gave me the excuse I was looking for to build my own amp. (I could never get the sound I wanted from the Carvin, but my wife kept saying "You really don't need another amp!") That's when I found this site, which is by far the best I have found on ANY topic.

So far, I have built a combined Firefly/Octal Fatness, which I hope to record some clips of soon. A friend came over (I had repaired one of his guitars) and after about 45 minutes of refusing to unplug from my amp, he now wants me to build one for him!

I only have about 9 or 10 other projects that I want to build. Decisions, decisions...

If I could only figure out how to pay the bills without actually having to work... ;)

Many thanks to Chris and everyone who posts here! Without this site, I would probably not be the addict that I am now.

Brent

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Pat J (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 13:13 ( . )

I've been reading on here for about 3 or 4 years now. I have done MUCH more reading than posting, which is good for everyone :)

I've done a few projects. My main practice amp is still kind of a cleaned-up HO. I love it.

Pat

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'2005 Show of Hands - UK'
Author:Pete Allen (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 14:15 ( . )

I'm another UK person, from Woking, Surrey (Just outside London)

I have a feeling I'm quite near Phil Rowley, but he managed not to post where he lives now :)

'Twas only 2 years ago that I bought a Roland Cube 30 (Digital modelling amp) and presumed this would be buying into tonal nirvana. However, once I had finished with this illusion I started looking at valves, and ax84's where I've ended up.

I have built a half champ half P1, which on and off has taken about a year now. I think I'm happy with it now, and am vowing not to mod it ever again. But this has happened before :)

Next on the list is a push pull amp out of space charged tubes, and borrowing from sopht amps heavily. 30V appeals to me because its cheap, and will appeal to my girlfriend because I'll have to be more inventive to make it dangerous...

By day I do data entry (temporarily) although have an EE degree so hopefully will be getting something slightly more taxing and fun soon!


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'2005 Show of Hands - UK'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 16:08 ( . )

I live in West London these days, quite near where Marshall started business. What do you mean Woking is just outside London? You're somewhere out in the sticks... :o)

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:I'm another UK person, from Woking, Surrey (Just outside London)
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'2005 Show of Hands - UK'
Author:neatpete (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 13th, 2005 @ 13:43 ( . )

As Phil may remember, I'm in Deal, Kent, so you're to my left a bit Pete, and Phil is up! Phil, we really must get together some time this year, I wanna see the original eXtreme!!

peter

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Maccabee (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 14:58 ( . )

Hey Bors! Sorry to get in late on this one.

I'm CR from Roanoke, Va.

I started this homebrew amp thang Early last year intending the first to be a 5E3 or 18 Watt LiteII. Then I found AX84 and the P1X. What a great lil amp for both Neophyte builders and Pro players as well. I've built 4 of them so far.

I also have built 2 Spitfire/18Watt LiteII Hybrid Amps that I have dubbed the Thuderbolt9. And 1 6V6 powered Spifire-style circuit that I dubbed the Thunderbolt 8.

I'm a maint tech by day and muscian/singer/song writer/recordist/amp builder by night.

CR ><>

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Balijukka (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 20:59 ( . )

Look Ma, no Hands!!!

I live in Ubud, Bali. (Almost as far out as Betelgeuse5)
Started this amp thing when I dreamed about a vacuum triode sometimes in the 1920's. After thinking of suitable usage for the triode I dreamed about a white curvacious electric guitar. Then I dreamed about a left handed black dude playing the guitar, also with no hands.

Jukka


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mike_Moyer (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 11th, 2005 @ 16:41 ( . )

Someone from my area! I'm in Hokietown. Might have to start the AX84 SWVA chapter. I think it was magicdave that said he might move to Lynchburg before long.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mark Lavelle (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 08th, 2005 @ 21:07 ( . )

Mark Lavelle, reporting for duty!

Until I started the DIY thing I'd *never* bought an amp, but about 5 years ago I wanted to fix up my Ampeg Gemini I (that I got for free back in 1979 - long story, but I'll tell it if anyone asks). That's when I found AX84 & Ampage, and life has never been the same since.

I still haven't built an AX84 design, but that doesn't mean I haven't borrowed a few bits. The terminally curious can check out my site: [link]

My day gig is dreaming up communication protocols & writing 8-bit firmware for Logitech "entertainment" products (PC & game console controllers). I've got a wife (we started dating 30 years ago next month) and two kids, 15 & 12.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Bob Ingram (guest: search)
Date: Sun, Jan 09th, 2005 @ 00:27 ( . )

I'm back. Bob Ingram from Central NJ. In the 60's I serviced tube amps and built several kits, Heath and Dynaco.

A few years ago I started by building a California Dreamer Lite. Since then I've built a Gilmore Jr, Hi-Octane, 2 Champ clones modified with full tone stacks and OD stages and now I've taken the Cali apart and build a Dumble clone from it (look at the non-AX84 forum).Thx to everyone here it sounds great.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jamie Anderson (guest: search)
Date: Sun, Jan 09th, 2005 @ 10:05 ( . )

Jamie here. I participated in my first show of hands in 2002 after building a simple champ like amp in a cakepan after finding this site. Since then, I have built a 5E3 from a Mission kit (still can't top it), an 18 watt with the chassis/transformers from Graydon (needs a cab), several P1's and Hi-Octanes on my proto board, modded an Electar 10 several times, and last year only managed to build a 5F1 with a few extras and a nice pine cabinet. Last year I accumulated a bunch of parts for builds, but didn't get much accomplished. I hope to finish a nice Hi-Octane this year and build a 1x15 and 4x12 cabinet (finally got a real table saw). Thinking about amps and changing designs around in my head really helps me when things seem tough.

Maybe this year, I will get some things finished. Last year was my first year of marriage (great year) and first year with a new company, so there was no such thing as free time. I'm 34 and work in software quality assurance at Home Depot to pay the bills. I live in the Atlanta area if anyone semi local wants to compare amps or meet for a hamfest sometime.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Sean Weatherford (guest: search)
Date: Mon, Jan 10th, 2005 @ 21:14 ( . )

Hello All,

It's good to hear from everyone. I have been hanging around here for a long time. Years.

I am 35 years old, with 2 boys 5 and 6. I live in Central, SC (about 4 miles from Clemson.)

I have built several amps and either gave them away or sold them. A couple of P1's and a few other low wattage amps of my own design.

I am a EE by education and a Maintenance/Production Engineer by trade.

Recently I have been designing a few pedals and pedalboard accesories. I also have an amp repair business which keeps me quite busy.

I am also blessed with a long suffering wife who barly complains when she comes home to find a Peavey Duece, a '61 Gibson GA-77, EDEN Metro combo, and a couple PA's in the bedroom for repairs.

For those who may be interested, I have a few CAD models of schematic elements I use in drawing schematics and layouts.

Sean Weatherford
Bean's Amp Repair
Central, SC

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Igge (guest: search)
Date: Wed, Jan 12th, 2005 @ 22:16 ( . )

Hello all.

This is a very nice place to hang out on. Lot's of info. Anyways, I'm from Malmö, Sweden. Am building a November/Vox AC15 hybrid as my first project. A bit daring some of you may think but in all honesty tubeamp building is not really all that difficult. :o ;) As long as you understand the schematics & have Paul Rubys "first start up guide" nice and handy in printed form it's all gravy. :)

Now designing a tube amp from scratch, there's an alltogether different story...

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:CraigB (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 13th, 2005 @ 13:31 ( . )

Happy 2005 everyone! Craig from Santa Maria, CA. Stumbled on AX84 a few years ago while looking for FX schematics. Built a P1 first with scavenged parts, then I was hooked. No room left to build stuff for myself anymore, but I've sold a couple, and recently started doing repairs for a local shop. I work as a court stenographer in Santa Barbara. For fun, I play and sing country/rock/blues with a couple different bands.


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Sean Weatherford (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 13th, 2005 @ 14:24 ( . )

Hello Igge,

Welcome to AX84. I have been to Malmo and liked it rather a lot. I ate at the resturant that is placed on top of the water tower. Is it still there? I am also curious about the bridge to Copenhagen. Does the bridge see a lot of traffic?

This was some years ago. I also went out to Lund to visit a business aquaintance.

Sean Weatherford
Bean's Amp Repair
Central, SC

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 13th, 2005 @ 14:47 ( . )

Heh, I wen to Lund once, to visit AXIS...

On 01/13/2005 @ 14:24, Sean Weatherford wrote :
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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Johan Hedrén (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 13th, 2005 @ 15:42 ( . )

well, Phil and Sean, tell us next time you come, so we can prepare for a toneparty in southern Sweden :o)! We are quite a few tube addicts here. The Gothenburg area is actually almost crowded.
Johan

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Igge (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 14th, 2005 @ 11:06 ( . )

Thanks, CraigB!

Yep, the bridge has a lot of traffic. Especially since the restrictions on importing alcoholic beverages for us Swedes have been set to the same as the rest of EU. 90 litres of wine per person and so on. :) As well as increased drug smuggling :(

As for the watertower restaurant, I take it you mean the one on the outskirts of town? Called "Hyllie vattentorn" ( yeah, Swedish is a difficult lingo, lol). I dunno if it is still in business, last I heard the city council raised the rent way high..

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Sean Weatherford (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 07:33 ( . )

The resturant was on the outside of town. From the outside you could look out toward the Sea and could see the beginnings of the bridge to Copenhagen. Turnip field all around, especially to the south. The resturant was very nice (at least to me) and I had several of the 'vacuum cleaner' candies which have congac in the center.

Another intersting thing is that we stayed at the St. Jorgens and were going to business out in Boplatzgarten 8 (SattControll/Alfa Laval/ABB) and every taxi driver went much the same way except for one fellow who must have driven around Malmo twice to get there.

For some reason the Taxi drivers and Hotel staff thought I was English, but knew my business associate was American. I had to explain that I was also an American.

Sean Weatherford
Bean's Amp Repair
Central, SC

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:scott harper (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 01:39 ( . )

I am a machinist in Spokane, Washington. In the last couple years I have built a solid state amp, also SS spring reverb and digital delay. Just finished a Ts-808 clone. I am no kind of guitarist but I bang away at it while my wife sings. I built things with tubes when I was a kid, I'm 49 now. I have all the parts for a P1ex ready to assemble once I get the a layout drawn up and the basement workshop area cleaned up. This is a great site.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jay (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 09:06 ( . )

Im a military guy living in the Baltimore/DC area for now....can't wait to get back to eastern North Carolina. I am just finishing up a November project and all is going well. I ran into a space problem with the 16x8x2 chassis and I am now swapping all parts to a 17x10x3 now.


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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Atomic Eric (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 09:48 ( . )

In 2004 I decided to actually FINISH something....I had built and re-built my little amp starting with a $30 e-bay purchase of a vintage mono hi-fi amp. It went through stages of experimenting with 12AX7 preamps, octal preamps, ef-86 preamps, el-84 power amps, like the P1, like the HO, 6V6, 5881 ....all fun experimentation. Along the way I fried 2 power transformers, 8 rectifier tubes in one afternoon, 24 fuses one afternoon. Finally I built the Octal Fatness with an ef-86 pre-amp and 5881 single ended, and that got me where I wanted to go.

This month, I'm trying to get the tolex on my California Dreamer cabinet and get the reverb working to finish that amp.

I work as a finance director in a big health care company in Seattle. I've lived in Spokane for about 10 years, and in March, I am moving to Bainbridge Island, a little island off the coast of Seattle. Best to all of you!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:James Marchant (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 15:28 ( . )

I'm James Marchant and I am based in the UK. I have been building valve amps for over 10 years and recently landed a job at Marshall designing new amps. I am therefore feeling a bit like the cat that got the cream ;-)

It goes to show that, if you enjoy this hobby, maybe one day you can actually get the chance to do it for a living.

James
=0^0=

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Balijukka (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 20:49 ( . )

I hope we are not going to talk pre-James Marshalls, like we talk about pre-CBS Fenders :)
Jukka

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Mark Lavelle (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 20:51 ( . )

On 01/15/2005 @ 20:49, Balijukka wrote :
:I hope we are not going to talk pre-James Marshalls, like we talk about pre-CBS Fenders :)
: Jukka
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Maybe, but they'll likely be considered the "just OK" ones... ;-)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Dietrich Epp (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 18:56 ( . )

I'm in Olympia WA, and I started playing guitar not too long ago (but I've been playing piano forever). I stumbled onto this site I think from amptone but I'm not sure. I built a P1 and November, the P1 rocks so much harder than my piddly transistor amp that I got when I got my guitar. The November is awesome too, but it starrted blowing a fuse I think because one of the diodes shorted... I'm going to replace them with more rugged ones.

I'm thinking about making vintage replicas / etc for locals... but I need to at least get more supplies first.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Zaphod (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 19:30 ( . )

Then ever tried the P1 Gain/MV mods?

On 01/15/2005 @ 18:56, Dietrich Epp wrote :
:.... the P1 rocks so much harder than my piddly transistor amp that I got when I got my guitar.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:kurt (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 21:58 ( . )

I'm 45 and live in the sacramento ca area. This forum is my favorite place on the web, lots of action and ideas, thanks for sharing so much knowledge. I've built the firefly, changed it to a 6sn7 output, great little amp, also made a clone of a friends Dr.Z Carmen ghia (too loud) and my first amp was a Torres British Invasion which I have totally changed from 2 el84's to one 84 and one octal (switchable). I want to make more low power amps, even a 12au7 is loud.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Carl Berger (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Jan 15th, 2005 @ 21:29 ( . )

Helped on the design of the P1 (rev 10), then worked on a design called the Rail-Rocket, and Power-Glide.

The Rail-Rocket had a mini-power amp based on the Marshall/Bassman topology to get its distortion, then when on to a full-sized real power amp. A great sounding amp, but too complex and never caught on.

After that, it seemed obvious that getting great distortion sound from a simpler setup was needed, and so some "R&D" ensued. The result was the Taz distortion circuit. The Taz ended up as built into a Tweed Deluxe chassis/cab, and so was dubbed "Taz Tweed."

Met up with some great Twin Cities guys who were interested in building a new project amp, and figure out a good cause to get the build focused around. The result of that collaboration was the Raffler, which surpassed all of our hopes. A great amp, and a successful charity raffle.

I'm onto a re-vamp of the Taz Tweed. It's mostly Raffler, but with the Taz distortion DC-drive after both first and second stages, reverb, and 6550A SE output. Schem is ready, about to order parts. If anyone is interested, shoot me an email for the shem. After the Bill of Materials is created, it's time to start the layout, the build goes pretty quickly after that.

I'd like to thank all those presently on this board, and those who have since disappeared (Dave Sorlien, if you're reading this, shoot me an email!). Who knows, I'll probably be doing some amp building project until I simply can't solder anymore, and will certainly be looking to share results and help here and there where I can.

- Carl Berger (Carl B.)

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Branislav (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 04:14 ( . )

I'm Branislav and I live in Serbia - SE (South East not Single Ended; Single Ended is what I've made) Europe. That's were the EI tubes come from.
I made P1 three weeks ago. I plan to build P1 Extreme next month. I've already got parts for it.
I'm 38, married, 2 daughters (5,2), BScEE working in power distribution company, amateur harp player (that's the reason I've built tube amp).
I'd like to thank everyone involved in ax84 projects for sharing your knowledge end experience in tube amp building.

Branislav

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Smilzo (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 04:52 ( . )

I'm Smilzo from Italy
I've built a HO and a P1X. Next project the Raffler & DC drive experiments, and a 18watt, and a 6V6plexi, and a calidreamer,and... ;DDD

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jim Hollister (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 08:28 ( . )

Location: Round Rock, TX
Amp building experience: Ready to build my first
Current amp-related project: Reading "The Ultimate Tone" by Kevin O'Conner
Day job: Software development


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'Thompson, Connecticut'
Author:Rick Gates (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 10:33 ( . )

Hello from the Quiet corner of Connecticut. Right in the tri-state boundary of Mass, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

During the day I am the Truck Equipment Manager for a snowplow manufacturer. Come nightfall, it's mad scientist time.

Married for 7 1/2 years and have a beautiful little girl who'll be 2 in February (she's already strumming!!!). Earl is the family basset hound.

Solid State junk drove me to dig out my father's old Harmony H-400. From there I decided I had to have an AC-30, until I saw the price tag.

After opening the H-400 to see what made it tick, I thought maybe it was possible to modify it by installing a tone stack and standby switch, etc... Which is where the AX84 website enters my story.

I sourced everything for a P1 and got hooked from then on.

I've built and rebuilt my P1 a few times, same with my November 2+2 (3 times) before I sold it. I keep another amp at work in my office which has the November Pre-amp and the P1 power amp.
I recently finished an amp loosely based on a GA-8/Angela Auper 6V6 SE that I run 6L6's in. I currently have a project that will use most of the November Pre-Amp and Phase Inverter coupled to a cathode biased EL34 PP power amp. After that I have everything for another P1 that I'm going to build into an end table to keep in my living room.

I've been using a pretty universal chassis design that Matt H has had some input on. I had them laser cut bent and powder coated at work. This saves loads of time and adds alot to the fit and finish.

Rick

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'universal chassis'
Author:Matt H (registered user: 7065 posts )
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 13:10 ( . )

I've been meaning to email you to ask about that chassis... namely, - how is it working out? Did you find that anything has been too cramped? too far apart?

I'm hoping that it's worked out perfectly, but, eh... a kid can only dream! heheh

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'universal chassis'
Author:Rick Gates (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 14:31 ( . )

I still haven't gotten laser time for the third rev. I've been using rev 2 and it works out really well. The only thing I noticed is that depending on what type of impedance switch I use, it gets a little close to the power tube sockets. I think that has changed a bit on the rev 3 layout. With the last amp I built, I think I had to drill 1 hole to accomodate an OT that I hadn't planned on using otherwise it's great.
We have been so backed up at work there's been no time for government jobs.
I'll let you know when I have some of the rev3 complete.
Rick

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'universal chassis'
Author:Matt H (registered user: 7065 posts )
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 14:32 ( . )

awesome. I'm excited to hear how it pans out for you. :)

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'Thompson, Connecticut'
Author:JamesH (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Jan 20th, 2005 @ 20:50 ( . )

"I keep another amp at work in my office which has the November Pre-amp and the P1 power amp."

You keep an amp at your office? That is awesome!

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'Thompson, Connecticut'
Author:Rick Gates (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Jan 21st, 2005 @ 06:51 ( . )

As a matter of fact, I just got done playing. The bell goes off at 7:00 so I have to be a good example after that, but prior to the bell.....

I've got my Les Paul hanging from a String Swing and another just in case I want to bring a variety.

On occasion my boss will come upstairs and want me to play a riff or something (he usually says "can you pay Smoke on the Water", come on!!!).

Rick

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Giorgio Cattaneo (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 25th, 2005 @ 05:47 ( . )

Very late, but ...here I am!
Giorgio Cattaneo from Rome Italy.
I built a variant of AX84 P1 some years ago,
if you have some time to spare you can see it at:
[link]

Ciao a tutti,
happy new year!
Giorgio

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Gelcoat_Bob (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 25th, 2005 @ 12:02 ( . )

Jack Vietas from Colchester UK.
This is a temporary stay, and I needed a project to keep me busy. I sold my dear old '68 pro Reverb and a lot of other posessions before I left Vermont, and I found AX 84 while surfing for sites about building amps.
I chose the P1 EX and have been working on the layout over the last few weeks.
My wife and I are moving to Taiwan in the next few months, so I'll probably build a head and not a combo.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Merritt Derr (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 25th, 2005 @ 12:32 ( . )

Jack:

Though it is moot now, whereabouts in VT? I'm in White River Junction.

Merritt

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Jesse LaBonte (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 25th, 2005 @ 12:20 ( . )

Still here in Lowell, MA. Contract programming RPG and C/C++ Days, learning to Weld nights when not plowing snow. Built a P1 amd enjoy it a lot, I am planning a P1-ex in the near future.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Chris Hales (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Jan 25th, 2005 @ 14:17 ( . )

Im Chris Hales
I'm 16 and at school near Aberdeen, Scotland. I found the site last year and decided to commence on a P1-Extreme as a project. The knowledge ive gained on the site and from building the amp has greatly improved my electronics knowledge which is good as I want to study Electrical Engineering with Music Technology Systems at university. I have a very supportive and helpful father who made a PA amp for his school in the 60s, a very understanding mum, and an 18 year old brother who has a great interest in what i'm doing. He is more into planes as he's is studying Aeronautical Engineering at Bristol University, England.
Thanks For all your knowledge.
Chris

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Steve R (guest: search)
Date: Tue, Feb 01st, 2005 @ 18:09 ( . )

Hi All,
I'm Steve from Melbourne (Well, Essendon) Victoria, Australia. I'm 23, married with a puppy.

I used to be into electronics when I was little, on the farm I grew up on my Dad had a shed full of old bits'n'pieces he'd bring home from work and I'd muck around 'till I came up with something usefull.

Started back into the DIY world with the desire to hack a compressor into a guitar, one thing lead to another, and here I am! Since then I've built a ton of different FX boxes for myself and others who ask nicely, tube preamps, resurected an old tube FM Radio etc etc. My only AX84 accomplishment so far is a P1-Ex whose size get's people fired up ("No way man, a thing that small can't compete with my drumming!").

My current project is a cross breed of a number of different designs, with a HO as part of it.

www.freewebs.com/srobb is my (lame excuse for a) website... I should put more of my builds up, "Fred" has been finished for some time now!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:BradB (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Feb 04th, 2005 @ 00:14 ( . )

I'm originally from Seattle Washington USA, my wife is from East Kilbride Scotland.

Last year was _very_ bad for me, I lost my job and nearly my house but I'm hangin in there working odd jobs until I can get something decent going again.

Because of the unemployment scene I have built _nothing_ in like 9 months (woah! spinal shudders).

Normally I like to build Amps, Effects, tube preamps, comressors and other things, play guitar, and I'm into computers (was my trade) lately I've been gettin into video (like ripping DVD's etc), I love hot-rods and have a '67 Camaro SS350 that won 1st place for modified in the local Chevy show, and I race "sportsman" class in NHRA when I can.

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'2005 Show of Hands - Scandinavia'
Author:Haakon (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Feb 04th, 2005 @ 04:50 ( . )

I'm Haakon, living in Oslo Norway. Very much off-broadway when it comes to tube amp part sourcing but the net makes the impossible possible! I don't post often but I read this forum daily. Thanks to Chris and the other master builders for keeping it alive and interesting.
I'm a programmer on daytime. When my two sons are put to bed the real me wake up and I plug my LesPaul into the EL84 HO I built. I have two separate preamp gain controls but I mostly adjust them to the same level so I could just as well have used one dual ganged. I use a homemade 4x12 cab loaded with greenbacks. If I lost this amp, I would start building a new immedeately. The sound is so organic. If there was beer for ears, this would be it. (Hey,I just made myself a marketing slogan (C) Copyright 2005 Tubelantic amps and The AX84 Forum).
There's a couple of embarrasing sound clips at [link]
I also converted a couple of radio's into champ/P1Ex's.
Right now I'm working on a combo cab for a 5E3 I built.
When the 5E3 is finished (well, will any amp ever be?) I'll start a JTM45 with MM irons and KT66's for gigging.
Next is a HO or Raffler inspired amp for a friend.
Then there will be more. I have so many NOS tubes now that I want to use. GEC6L6, Mullard EL34, RCA6V6, Philips EL84, ECC83/82/81, E88CC, EF86, 6SN6, 6SJ6m 6SL6 ... I allways get a headache when i try to decide what to build after the JTM45, ... maybe a Plexi.
I keep them beside my bed (do i need therapy??) with a tube radio. It puts me in a good mood to look at them when I wake up in the morning. You know, a new day, new opportunities.
Keep posting guys. This is the best amp DIY site on the net!

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'2005 Show of Hands - Scandinavia'
Author:Haakon (guest: search)
Date: Fri, Feb 04th, 2005 @ 05:21 ( . )

Oh I forgot, a set of 18watter transformers are on the way from Shinrock. It'll be a busy spring.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Roger Lane (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Feb 05th, 2005 @ 07:30 ( . )

My name Is Roger and I am from South Sioux City, NE. If you look on a map, I'm located right where Iowa Ne and SD come together.

I have been wanting a tube amp for a long time and this sight put me over the edge to build my own. I work in the maintanence department of a large meat packing company in the Electronics/Scales shop. I have access to a lot of old parts and that really helped out on my build.

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:Po' Boy (guest: search)
Date: Sat, Feb 05th, 2005 @ 10:01 ( . )

Hi Neighbor!
I think out of all the people here, you are the closest to me...I'm in central Kansas. I've been in your fair city before, been quite a while, though. Good to see another midwestern "Flatlander" here!

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'2005 Show of Hands'
Author:unknown (guest: search)
Date: Thu, Mar 03rd, 2005 @ 04:45 ( . )

Are the Grouse making a come back in Kansas?

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