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#805439
Mike Clayton wrote:Hi all and thanks for the feedback. Yes, many many hours to build but it's so much fun for certain types! For what is worth I was very careful and both this and #1 operated on first power up. Interestingly, this one was quieter than #1 which could be as a result of the experience gained from the first build. And to my ear, there are no perceivable tonal differences between the two. For Conway, I think the main advantages of careful building with eyelet boards, hand wiring and chassis mounted valves are reliability and ease of modification or repair. IMO this is as close as you'll get to a vintage BFPR at a reasonable cost (my aim), but with the advantages of all new components and some circuit improvements. P.S. The Fender AA1164 circuit schematic is easily obtained via the interweb but I will provide the purchaser a copy and details of the improvements done.

Welcome to the forum Mike :thumbup:
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BY Bg
#805440
Mini Forklift Ⓥ wrote:
Mike Clayton wrote:Hi all and thanks for the feedback. Yes, many many hours to build but it's so much fun for certain types! For what is worth I was very careful and both this and #1 operated on first power up. Interestingly, this one was quieter than #1 which could be as a result of the experience gained from the first build. And to my ear, there are no perceivable tonal differences between the two. For Conway, I think the main advantages of careful building with eyelet boards, hand wiring and chassis mounted valves are reliability and ease of modification or repair. IMO this is as close as you'll get to a vintage BFPR at a reasonable cost (my aim), but with the advantages of all new components and some circuit improvements. P.S. The Fender AA1164 circuit schematic is easily obtained via the interweb but I will provide the purchaser a copy and details of the improvements done.

Welcome to the forum Mike :thumbup:


Welcome back ;) Mikes been a member since 2003...
#805442
Bg wrote:Welcome back ;) Mikes been a member since 2003...

Haha, I didn't notice that. Just saw that it was his first post.

Guess that's why Bg gets paid the big $$ :crazy:
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BY Conway
#805448
Mike Clayton wrote:Hi all and thanks for the feedback. Yes, many many hours to build but it's so much fun for certain types! For what is worth I was very careful and both this and #1 operated on first power up. Interestingly, this one was quieter than #1 which could be as a result of the experience gained from the first build. And to my ear, there are no perceivable tonal differences between the two. For Conway, I think the main advantages of careful building with eyelet boards, hand wiring and chassis mounted valves are reliability and ease of modification or repair. IMO this is as close as you'll get to a vintage BFPR at a reasonable cost (my aim), but with the advantages of all new components and some circuit improvements. P.S. The Fender AA1164 circuit schematic is easily obtained via the interweb but I will provide the purchaser a copy and details of the improvements done.

Thanks Mike, I've sent you a private message.
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BY Molly
#805458
Conway wrote:
Mike Clayton wrote:Hi all and thanks for the feedback. Yes, many many hours to build but it's so much fun for certain types! For what is worth I was very careful and both this and #1 operated on first power up. Interestingly, this one was quieter than #1 which could be as a result of the experience gained from the first build. And to my ear, there are no perceivable tonal differences between the two. For Conway, I think the main advantages of careful building with eyelet boards, hand wiring and chassis mounted valves are reliability and ease of modification or repair. IMO this is as close as you'll get to a vintage BFPR at a reasonable cost (my aim), but with the advantages of all new components and some circuit improvements. P.S. The Fender AA1164 circuit schematic is easily obtained via the interweb but I will provide the purchaser a copy and details of the improvements done.

Thanks Mike, I've sent you a private message.


Sounds like a result, Conway. :thumbup:

Hi Mike. Building anything else?
#805469
I've already built a 5E3 head (a Trinity kit, really nice - my first build), a BF Princeton (non reverb), 2 x by BFPRs and a Marshall Plexi 50 head. But amp parts are now so expensive with the high US$ (not to mention freight) that I'm not looking at building anything at present, although a hand-wired Vox AC15 Reverb is something I'd like to build! Or if I can get my hands on a faulty valve amp (at the right price) then I'd be interested in repairing it.
#805470
BTW I've got my eye out for a 12" Fender/Eminence "Special Design" yellow label speaker in good order. My other BFPR is in a pine combo cab and I want to replace the WGS G12Q 12" 20W speaker that's currently loaded.
#805528
Mike Clayton wrote:I've already built a 5E3 head (a Trinity kit, really nice - my first build), a BF Princeton (non reverb), 2 x by BFPRs and a Marshall Plexi 50 head. But amp parts are now so expensive with the high US$ (not to mention freight) that I'm not looking at building anything at present, although a hand-wired Vox AC15 Reverb is something I'd like to build! Or if I can get my hands on a faulty valve amp (at the right price) then I'd be interested in repairing it.


You are right about the Freight from USA.
I am trying to find other sources of Valves and components without too much luck.
I have virtually run out of stock but the shipping fees are so outrageous from CE Distribution and New Sensor that I cannot
price valves for repairs at a reasonable price.
The buggers will not ship via NZ Post Youshop either.
Then there is the NZ$400 limit before your stuff gets nabbed at the airport and attracts more charges and requires a trip to the airport to pay
and collect.
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BY Cdog
#805530
Anvil Amps Alan wrote:
Mike Clayton wrote:I've already built a 5E3 head (a Trinity kit, really nice - my first build), a BF Princeton (non reverb), 2 x by BFPRs and a Marshall Plexi 50 head. But amp parts are now so expensive with the high US$ (not to mention freight) that I'm not looking at building anything at present, although a hand-wired Vox AC15 Reverb is something I'd like to build! Or if I can get my hands on a faulty valve amp (at the right price) then I'd be interested in repairing it.


You are right about the Freight from USA.
I am trying to find other sources of Valves and components without too much luck.
I have virtually run out of stock but the shipping fees are so outrageous from CE Distribution and New Sensor that I cannot
price valves for repairs at a reasonable price.
The buggers will not ship via NZ Post Youshop either.
Then there is the NZ$400 limit before your stuff gets nabbed at the airport and attracts more charges and requires a trip to the airport to pay
and collect.


This. To build a clone tube amp in NZ costs more in parts than a 2nd hand real one. Total lamesauce :grump:
#805531
"Real" BFPRs start at around $NZ 3500.00 + shipping + GST. Re-issues start at about $NZ 1200.00 + shipping + GST. More importantly, the re-issues use printed circuit boards and people commonly "gut" them, sell the circuit boards on Ebay and build a hand wired version inside! And GST will soon be charged on ALL imported items (no $limit) - this is going to be introduced in 2019. Alas it getting harder!!!