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BY Cdog
#805947
After a fender amp, figured might as well build one... Because reasons. :think:

Be keen to hear some thoughts on good options, as I've not played many Fenders but like the sounds. Weber do some kits and seem the most reasonably priced from my initial recon.

So... what do you think? Not after a Tweed, more the Blackface vibe. I love the cleans of a Twin, but not keen the size or relative cost of making one. Thinking a 1x12 combo. Obviously theres the Blackface DR? I'm after a cleanish amp, but that will overdrive nicely with pedals. Reverb is nice but I have a decent pedal so it's not a deal breaker. Any suggestions or experience with fender kits? Thanks :)
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BY Cdog
#805955
Optical wrote:Mojotone or Ceriatone both make great options. Perhaps build a head so you can use a variety of cabs?

Thanks for reply. Do Ceriatone still offer kits? Can't seem to find them on the site. Mojotone are pretty pricey, but.
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BY Optical
#806023
Cdog wrote:
Optical wrote:Mojotone or Ceriatone both make great options. Perhaps build a head so you can use a variety of cabs?

Thanks for reply. Do Ceriatone still offer kits? Can't seem to find them on the site. Mojotone are pretty pricey, but.


Certiatone do kits, they have some kit pricing breakdowns under the amp listings.
You can email them for shipping costs too.

I was looking at getting bits for a headshell from them recently, they gave me these prices as a rough guide:
AH50 head cab = USD 185
Chassis = 75
Faceplates = 56
Knobs = USD 26
Ship to NZ = USD 167 Fed Ex
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BY Cdog
#806027
Alright... I'm beginning to lean towards the Super Reverb head idea. Prolly going to spend most time in a 'bedroom' situation, but I hope to get out again in a few years. :lol:

Weber's kit is $630USD Mojotone's is $950USD! A few differences, notably a copper cap rectifier in the Weber. The Weber cabs come with colour options. I've heard the tube sockets and RCA jacks are a bit nasty but otherwise they're fine. The Transformers are another potential weakness?

Does anyone have any comments on Weber kits?
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BY RectifiedAmps
#806030
Weber kits include loaded speaker cabs in their pricing, but I've heard some of their components are a bit cheesy and benefit from upgrading.

Across the ditch, Evatco offer a 5E3 kit for a reasonable price, although these days shipping from Aus isn't any cheaper or quicker than shipping from the US.
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BY Bg
#806032
Cdog wrote:Alright... I'm beginning to lean towards the Super Reverb head idea. Prolly going to spend most time in a 'bedroom' situation, but I hope to get out again in a few years. :lol:

Weber's kit is $630USD Mojotone's is $950USD! A few differences, notably a copper cap rectifier in the Weber. The Weber cabs come with colour options. I've heard the tube sockets and RCA jacks are a bit nasty but otherwise they're fine. The Transformers are another potential weakness?

Does anyone have any comments on Weber kits?


yeah its worth upgrading some components. Copper can rectifier is ok but I'd bang a tube in and keep the copper can for a spare, I did have a diagram somewhere for them. Most of the parts are fine, chinese tubes which are serviceable. Transformers aren't the best, but for the price.....

I've only built one of theirs though.