Discuss the stuff that makes your ears bleed.

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BY Slowy
#836209
Got home late last night, flicked on my Wangs Mini 5 amp to warm up so I could have a play with the Eastwood.
5 minutes later, I'm looking for the smell. The Wangs is pouring smoke and sparks from the transformer. I get to it just as it blows the circuit breaker.
It's dead.

So I could make all the expected comments about buying Chinese crap but my disappointment runs in another direction.

It was an utterly wonderful sounding amp; Marshall clean, JTM45 crunch and Tweed rage all in the volume knob. In many ways, it was a remarkable design achievement and a brilliant little amp that was also capable of holding its own with the band. I will miss it, but there's no way I'd ever buy another of their products. Regardless of your talent for design, if you can't build reliability, you shouldn't be in business.

It was a brief but memorable flirtation.
Bugger.
BY Bollix
#836218
Wow, that’s scary. Typical poor quality Asian garbage?
#836226
Is that the one with a 12BH7 output valve or the earlier 6V6 version?
Why not get the transformer rewound by Brian Smith.
My experience of chinese wound transformers is that they are hit and miss.
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Slowy wrote:It was an utterly wonderful sounding amp; Marshall clean, JTM45 crunch and Tweed rage all in the volume knob. In many ways, it was a remarkable design achievement and a brilliant little amp that was also capable of holding its own with the band. I will miss it

Sounds like you should look into hunting down a replacement for it, I'm sure there's something that occupies the same kind of territory that is better built. You should get in touch with PaulW, he's in Christchurch but builds some really cool amps from scratch and seems to be particularly specialised in the smaller ones :thumbup:
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BY AiRdAd
#836237
Here's a great idea - and I bet you would never though of it yourself - get a forum member to clone it for you :-)