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Zach.drummond
03-20-2011, 09:59 PM
I've been looking into building a Vox amp. I'd really like to make an AC15 twin 2x12 with blues and the EF86 preamp from the early 60's. I doubt that I can find one like that in a kit, but it's what I'd like to make. Can anyone help?

doc
03-20-2011, 10:59 PM
Ceriatone

Zach.drummond
03-20-2011, 11:04 PM
Ceriatone

They don't have a Vox amp.

zzmoore
03-20-2011, 11:31 PM
They don't have a Vox amp.
They have a few.
Rocket (or is it Rock-It)
Dizzy 30

Zach.drummond
03-20-2011, 11:32 PM
They have a few.
Rocket (or is it Rock-It)
Dizzy 30

That's more a Matchless thing.

patrickmatchless
03-21-2011, 04:36 AM
haha matchless is in its own way a vox clone
haha so its one in the same or pretty close

rydia is hot
03-21-2011, 05:31 AM
haha matchless is in its own way a vox clone
haha so its one in the same or pretty close

if the OP is looking for something as specifically Vox as he is, then no Matchless is going to be right for him. Matchless is extremely heavy on the Vox influence, but one can't really substitute the other.

Zach.drummond
03-21-2011, 09:09 AM
if the OP is looking for something as specifically Vox as he is, then no Matchless is going to be right for him. Matchless is extremely heavy on the Vox influence, but one can't really substitute the other.

Agreed. What I would really like is an original 1959 or 1960 ac15 circuit.

Has anyone used a weber kit?

jcat5503
04-24-2011, 09:35 PM
Check out the Ceriatone Creme Brulee. It's exactly what your looking for

EF86 Vox, 15 watts etc. I built an amp very similar..

Sounds amazing

candh
04-24-2011, 10:26 PM
The ef 86 channel of the ef86 18 watt can kinda get you in that ballpark.

jcat5503
04-24-2011, 10:29 PM
The ef 86 channel of the ef86 18 watt can kinda get you in that ballpark.


It can I agree, but with a little more of a marshall type grind

I think theres some magic in the vox style PI with the ef86 pre

candh
04-24-2011, 11:08 PM
It can I agree, but with a little more of a marshall type grind

I think theres some magic in the vox style PI with the ef86 pre

Sure until you turn them up......then the Vox cold biased PI fizzies show up. ;)

jp1977
04-25-2011, 03:44 AM
I've been looking into building a Vox amp. I'd really like to make an AC15 twin 2x12 with blues and the EF86 preamp from the early 60's. I doubt that I can find one like that in a kit, but it's what I'd like to make. Can anyone help?
trinity amps makes their take on the ac15/matchless lightning and u can also order it as a kit. Their stuff is awesome. I built an 18watt sIII marshall type amp from them that is great also. They r in canada and the prices are nice and the amps have top notch parts. Check out their site.

zzmoore
04-25-2011, 04:06 AM
Do you have to build from a kit.?

jp1977
04-25-2011, 08:25 PM
Do you have to build from a kit.?
no they actually sell complete builds and they offer the ability to customize the amp etc to your liking , but they also offer them in kit form and the instructions and parts are top notch, they have a few really cool amps which are their own take of lower wattage amps in the flavor of tweeds, marshall, vox/matchless, and hiwatt model called the triwatt.

zzmoore
04-26-2011, 02:50 PM
no they actually sell complete builds and they offer the ability to customize the amp etc to your liking , but they also offer them in kit form and the instructions and parts are top notch, they have a few really cool amps which are their own take of lower wattage amps in the flavor of tweeds, marshall, vox/matchless, and hiwatt model called the triwatt.

What I mean is....if you are capable of good solder, good schem reading, basic electronics knowledge/procedure, (to build a kit) you are capable of building your own Vox amp. All you would need to do is buy the board and chassis from (for example) Ceriatone. Buy one of the Matchless amps and just install a Vox circuit of your choosing. You can buy all the components from Ceriatone also, or source them your self. You can buy an excellent tranny set from TDS, Edcor, or Heyboer.
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