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BY goldtop0
#437314
Started looking on youtube and saw some clips over the months about these nz made amps also saw some on trademe when a buddy of mine got one mid last year.
A 2 x 6V6 15w head that is about the best amp I think I've ever played bar none.
Do any of you guys know if this maker is still around as I haven't been able to track down anything on the tube for a couple of weeks now.........seems to have gone off the air and also off trademe.
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BY Aquila Rossa
#437323
I sold some tubes and amp parts to him, he is a decent sort and seems to have a fair bit of amp know how and good workmanship. From what I understand he is a experienced hobby builder and sells his projects to fund new ones. I have his email if you need it.
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BY Tonemaker
#437326
Looks like he is awol from ebay as well... that video sounded good though...
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BY ash
#437400
His name is David and I think he was selling up a lot of stuff for a change of career or location or some such big dramatic thing. I probably have his email somewhere if you want it.
BY goldtop0
#437454
Aquila Rosso wrote:I sold some tubes and amp parts to him, he is a decent sort and seems to have a fair bit of amp know how and good workmanship. From what I understand he is a experienced hobby builder and sells his projects to fund new ones. I have his email if you need it.



Thanks his email would be helpful :D
BY coelacanth
#437560
goldtop0 wrote:Started looking on youtube and saw some clips over the months about these nz made amps also saw some on trademe when a buddy of mine got one mid last year.
A 2 x 6V6 15w head that is about the best amp I think I've ever played bar none.


I had a chance to play through one of his amps called "Black Robin". Not sure if that's the one you tried out though. It's supposedly a 5E3 with a solid state rectifier. One of the best amps I've heard.
BY goldtop0
#437855
coelacanth wrote:
goldtop0 wrote:Started looking on youtube and saw some clips over the months about these nz made amps also saw some on trademe when a buddy of mine got one mid last year.
A 2 x 6V6 15w head that is about the best amp I think I've ever played bar none.


I had a chance to play through one of his amps called "Black Robin". Not sure if that's the one you tried out though. It's supposedly a 5E3 with a solid state rectifier. One of the best amps I've heard.



Yes that's the one it's a real humdinger.Going to try a different valve in V1 and see if this tames her down at all.
That's part the reason I want to contact DJW...........to get more info on this unit.
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BY Terexgeek
#437860
Tone clips, or it never happened!
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BY AmpShop
#437862
goldtop0 wrote:
coelacanth wrote:
goldtop0 wrote:Started looking on youtube and saw some clips over the months about these nz made amps also saw some on trademe when a buddy of mine got one mid last year.
A 2 x 6V6 15w head that is about the best amp I think I've ever played bar none.


I had a chance to play through one of his amps called "Black Robin". Not sure if that's the one you tried out though. It's supposedly a 5E3 with a solid state rectifier. One of the best amps I've heard.



Yes that's the one it's a real humdinger.Going to try a different valve in V1 and see if this tames her down at all.
That's part the reason I want to contact DJW...........to get more info on this unit.


Stock V1 tube in a 5E3 is a 12AY7. You could even use a 12AU7. Hard to truly tame that preamp though, with respect to how quickly the volume comes up and the overdrive kicks in, as the volume controls in the 5E3 circuit aren't wired as standard/traditional voltage dividers.
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BY calling card
#437865
coelacanth wrote:
goldtop0 wrote:Started looking on youtube and saw some clips over the months about these nz made amps also saw some on trademe when a buddy of mine got one mid last year.
A 2 x 6V6 15w head that is about the best amp I think I've ever played bar none.


I had a chance to play through one of his amps called "Black Robin". Not sure if that's the one you tried out though. It's supposedly a 5E3 with a solid state rectifier. One of the best amps I've heard.


A long time ago an amp was born....funny how something so crude & simple can sound so good 8)
BY coelacanth
#437885
The front panel might say 2xEL84, although what the amp actually uses is a pair of 6V6s - as in 5E3 of course. I'm not 100% sure, but I remember him saying that he'd done some experiments with EL84s in the circuit, but wasn't too happy with the results - went back to using 6V6s again. Purists might hate this, but I quite enjoyed the SS rectifier. I like the bass tight personally.
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BY Bg
#437911
coelacanth wrote:The front panel might say 2xEL84, although what the amp actually uses is a pair of 6V6s - as in 5E3 of course. I'm not 100% sure, but I remember him saying that he'd done some experiments with EL84s in the circuit, but wasn't too happy with the results - went back to using 6V6s again. Purists might hate this, but I quite enjoyed the SS rectifier. I like the bass tight personally.


Its a simple task to make it switchable between valve and ss - if a valve is installed to begin with. A PITA if one wasn't fitted though.
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BY GrantB
#437918
hmmmm....tight bass.....

I agree on the SS thing for some applications, especially a 5E3 type of circuit. I guess it all comes down to the sound you want to have. The circuit reaches distortion super quick, so a saggy rectifier only adds to that overall saturated tone. But a SS rectifier keeps that sag in order better meaning the drive can be used differently....or at least in my experience. The 65 Amps Tupelo has a SS rect. and a 6V6 power section. I find that combination most pleasing!