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Olderama wrote: Fri Feb 23, 2024 7:27 am Been on the waiting list so this morning got the email saying in stock and hit it
First venture into Artist and baritone
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I have a Suhr SSH+ Bridge / SSV neck combo on the way.

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I bought an unpopulated Trinity Amps 18 watt turret board from somebody here about ten years ago. I finally ordered the parts to do something with it, plus some spares for my Plexi clone. They just arrived from Valve Storm in the US.

The nephew is keen to solder it all. Good, because I am not quite as keen. He is a jewelry apprentice and has almost done his time, so has the patience for fiddly stuff like this. He seems to enjoy thing soldering things for guitar and amps, so I may as well encourage it. Depending on results, I might order a chassis and stuff.

I ordered a (supposedly) LCR capable multimeter from Dick Smith almost a week before ordering these from the USA three weeks ago. It was in stock they said. I need to to measure resistors, because I am too colour blind to read the colour codes. The multi-meter is still awaiting international departure from Sydney. The last time I will ever order from them I guess.
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I've built a few of these and have used a standard Plexi chassis. Which actual model is the amp?
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MikeC wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 5:31 pm I've built a few of these and have used a standard Plexi chassis. Which actual model is the amp?
The turret board is Trinity Amps 18 watt 'Plexi'. Looks like a JMP 1974 'TMB' for the most part to me and the board has the same turret layout between every version of 18 watter they do it seems. I still need to compare layouts and have not 100% made my mind up what kind to do, but all the parts I ordered should cover most of the options.
I'd actually prefer to do more of a Superlead curcuit in 18 watts format, but that's well above my pay grade (I have only done little things to amps, but never a full build -- I am not sure I want to yet -- it depends if the lad turns out to be as keen on it as he seems now). Documentation and parts for a TMB is far easier to get hold of too I guess -- rather than some mish-mash custom build.

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I've built this one and have full schematics etc - the Trinity "Custom Plexi". I included VRM.
But I think you need to have experience, especially for power up/testing etc.

Custom Plexi

The Marshall 1959 Super Lead was made famous by: Townsend, Clapton, Hendrix, Young, Van Halen, Page, Gibbons and more. Want to crank it up and Rock and Roll to some Classic, vintage Marshall? The Trinity Amps Custom Plexi is authentic to the Marshall Super Lead Plexi and it does sound excellent. It has the Classic Marshall tone and crunch in a usable 18 watt package.
12AX7 preamps, TMB tone stack and Phase Inverter are identically voiced to the Plexi Super Lead.
1 Watt Carbon Film resistors are used throughout the sound chain to minimize noise.
The amp does not need to use negative feedback.
Running at 390V, with an octal socket based solid state rectifier, the power section is powered by two cathode biased JJ 6V6Ss. The original was fixed bias but because the Trinity Amps Custom Plexi is cathode biased, the rectifier can be swapped out for a 5AR4 for lower voltage to ‘brown’ out the sound and give it a more compressed feel.
The fat switch fattens it up the TMB channel and increases the sound spectrum.
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Have you got transformers, valve bases etc?
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MikeC wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:40 pm Have you got transformers, valve bases etc?
None of that yet. Just doing the turret board for now. If the nephew is keen after that, I'll look at ordering everything else.

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Aquila Rossa wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:54 pm
MikeC wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:40 pm Have you got transformers, valve bases etc?
None of that yet. Just doing the turret board for now. If the nephew is keen after that, I'll look at ordering everything else.
Good luck!
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Epic nogd, 1 payment to go then I’ll disclose :)
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MikeC wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:56 pm
Aquila Rossa wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:54 pm
MikeC wrote: Tue Mar 05, 2024 7:40 pm Have you got transformers, valve bases etc?
None of that yet. Just doing the turret board for now. If the nephew is keen after that, I'll look at ordering everything else.
Good luck!
I have almost decided not to build that amp. I think I could do it if I had the whole kit, but not when trying to mash together a bunch of parts from different suppliers. Other kits are 18 Watt TMB and this 18 Watt Plexi MK II is quite different curcuit wise and with its layout.

I am thinking of building a Plexi instead. I know that curcuit quite well and understand how it works for the most part. I can not say the same for a cathode biased 18 watter amp. Less chance of screwing it up if I know the curcuit well.

P.S. Any chance you have a 1987, 1959, 2003/4 turret board you would swap for the Trinity Amps 18 watt one?

BTW. I just made the cathode bypass for pin 8 of V1 for the JMP 1987. Then the lad soldered it in. I left the bright cap off for now. Freaking brutal and a bit scary to play. Dynamic as hell and there's no hiding sloppy playing like with the modern shred friendly amps that let you zoom around the neck really easily. Really nice feedback with all the harmonic overtones though. Perfect for just bashing out some Angus chords :)

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I don't have any pre-made turret boards but I can make them. That's what I do for the amps I build.
If you name a Trinity amp I can build the turret board for you.
So did you do a mod to V1a cathode circuit?
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MikeC wrote: Fri Mar 08, 2024 6:34 pm I don't have any pre-made turret boards but I can make them. That's what I do for the amps I build.
If you name a Trinity amp I can build the turret board for you.
So did you do a mod to V1a cathode circuit?
I have decided not to use the unpopulated Trinity Amps '18 Watt Plexi Mk II' turret board I have, because I'd want to use the rest of their parts to build it, but they are not selling them these days (stuff like their custom chassis that has an extra hole for the master volume and is made for this turret board etc). Therefore I have a turret board that might want to find a new home.

I'd prefer to build a JMP 1987 like my amp, or maybe a 1959. Either or, but according to the Metroamp build guide and using Valve Storm parts (they now supply most of the stuff for Metroamp builds). There's stuff to decide like whether to bother with a laydown transformer like mine has, or exterior mounted filter caps etc.

I also wonder about a JMP 2203. It would be for the nephew. His dad had one back in the 1980s in a NZ band called Confessor. Probably my favourite amp there is and definitely the one I liked playing the most.

The sensible thing to do would be to build a little 5F1 Champ though :D

Mod to V1a? Not really. It was shared cathode and I just made it split cathode. I had the 0.68uF cap and 2.7k resistor, but the cap turned out to be faulty. That's what that fuss I made about trying to get a 0.68uF cap in NZ was about. I imported one in the end. Yesterday I just assembled the new cathode bypass and the nephew soldered it in. It worked a treat and got rid of the nasty hiss that bad cap was causing.
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No! Do the 18W! It's such a sweet little amp. It was the sound in my head for fifteen years and was just as good as I remembered when I eventually bought one.
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