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BY k1w1
#838979
The excitement is really building now. :clap:

I have a Princeton clone in a small box and 8 inch speaker (the MPC one) and it is great for home use. Really nice tone. The guy (Mike I think) got them made in China then swapped out some parts for better ones. It has served me well.
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BY Mike Clayton
#838986
k1w1 wrote:The excitement is really building now. :clap:

I have a Princeton clone in a small box and 8 inch speaker (the MPC one) and it is great for home use. Really nice tone. The guy (Mike I think) got them made in China then swapped out some parts for better ones. It has served me well.


That's not me (but he has the same first and last initial as me) - he's built alot of amps and you regularly see them on TM.
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BY Bg
#839176
tweed arrived today also! No sign of bloody handles yet - can't be far away.
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BY Bg
#839220
This was my weekend task. I obtained this a year or so back from Dave, my intention was that I would rehouse it and it would be my main amp. I don't have the original pics - maybe dave has. It was in a serviceable yet remarkably ugly housing. Perfectly gigable. I can take pics of the remaining wreckage lol.... Looking at the ampeg badge it was probably a combo originally.

Anyway, I ended up doing the helix thing and then making cabs for everyone else and never quite got around to making one for the ampeg. Consequently it filled with sawdust and I had to blow everything (oh-err) out with compressed air, and then clean all the jack sockets properly etc.

So here it is, in my extremely cramped office now due to bass amp. Need to do a little refinement on the corners yet but its pretty bloody good :)

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BY Mike Clayton
#839374
Update on Laurie's 5E3 build - she's alive! Initial testing underway with my dim bulb tester and variac. Mains capacitors formed and open circuit B+ about where it should be. I won't install the VVR (for global power scaling) until I've installed all the valves and finished testing. That'll do for tonight.

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BY Mike Clayton
#839517
Update on Laurie's 5E3 build - finished and tested yeeha :D Just needs to be installed in her new home - a Tweed Deluxe combo cab by BG.

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BY Bg
#839518
And my handle delivery is now in the country :) Tweeding and shellac will be finished by the time nzpost put them on my desk - bish bash bosh!
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BY jvpp
#839523
Mike Clayton wrote:Update on Laurie's 5E3 build - finished and tested yeeha :D Just needs to be installed in her new home - a Tweed Deluxe combo cab by BG.

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Tidy as!
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BY Bg
#839524
jvpp wrote:
Mike Clayton wrote:Update on Laurie's 5E3 build - finished and tested yeeha :D Just needs to be installed in her new home - a Tweed Deluxe combo cab by BG.

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Tidy as!


Mikes builds are pretty much perfect - I've not seen anything hand wired as good.
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BY Bg
#839570
meh, always something to improve upon :)

Lauries cab is now tweeded, and the first few coats of shellac are on there :) Lovely spring weather in auckland, let me get about 3 or 4 coats of shellac on there :)

Speaker is now bolted to the baffle. Not much to go except for a few more coats tomorrow, sliders on the bottom and handle on the top :) I know sliders aren't to everyones taste but they are traditional. Happy to put bloody big doorstops on or anything people want ;)