5E3 Tweed Deluxe Project Pics

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  1. jpervin

    jpervin Supporting Member

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    Thought I'd share pics of the progress I'm making on my 5E3 tweed Deluxe clone, which is my first foray into amp building. This is not a kit. I sourced all the parts out from various suppliers...
    Allen Amplification: TP40D & TO22 power and output trannys, F&T 22uf 500V caps, Alpha pots, Carling switches, Switchcraft jacks, ceramic power and rectifier tube sockets, .22 gauge solid tinned PVC wire, other misc. parts;
    Antique Electronics Supply: 36" x 64" tweed cabinet covering (not shown)
    Bluesboy Amps (out of business): Finger-jointed pine cabinet with 1x10 baffle board (enlarged to 1x12);
    dblittlea-w (Ebay store): 4 large rubber feet (not shown);
    Hoffman Amps: Mallory and Sprague caps, carbon comp resistors;
    Home Depot: pine stock for homemade back panels, various nuts/bolts/screws/washers;
    Weber: 5E3 stainless steel chassis with tagboard and brass grounding plate, 12" Sig alnico speaker.

    Here's some pics of the completed chassis. Sorry the pics aren't any bigger (blame the low-budget camera)...
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    Before and after shots of the cabinet, which has not been covered in tweed yet:
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    Hoping to apply the tweed to the cabinet this coming weekend. Might stain the inside of the cabinet as well.
     
  2. gkoelling

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    Hey jp,

    That looks real nice. If I were building it I would have either electrocuted myself by now or have it so f'ed up it couldn't be fixed.

    The cab looks great. You could just put a few coats of clear poly on it and be done but that's just me. I love natural finishes.

    Please post more when you're done.
     
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    jp -

    Way cool! Looks like you're taking your time and getting it right - nice job.

    Just curious - are you working from an existing schem/layout or is this a jpe original?

    Love to hear a clip or two when she's up and running!

    dpblz
     
  4. jpervin

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    Hey gkoelling, thanks for the kind words. I never even got so much as a slight jolt when building this so I must have done something right, haha!! :)

    I thought about leaving the cabinet bare, but this is a soft pine that it's made out of and if I accidentally banged it against something it would probably put a pretty good ding in it, so I figured the tweed would protect it some. Plus the tweed would look mighty nice on this cab (provided I did a decent job of applying it).

    I'll take more pics as I progress further.
     
  5. K-man

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    That's what I was thinking. I would just stain that cab.

    Nice work!
     
  6. jpervin

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    Thanks, deepbluez!

    I'm working off of the 5E3 wiring diagram from www.webervst.com + a lot of emails between myself and David Allen of www.allenamps.com. Here's the link for the wiring diagram...

    https://weberspeakerscom.secure.powweb.com/store/5e3_layout.jpg

    I'll try and post a clip when it's finished.
     
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    Forgot to show the iron...

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    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL job!

    Really impressive!

    By the way, would you mind sharing what you estimate just the cost of parts (I know you used
    some upgraded, or better parts than kits, just wondering how much it all cost )?
     
  9. jpervin

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    Thanks, SBB!

    I've estimated that I have spent approximately $550 for everything I've ordered online (including the cabinet, chassis, transformers and speaker). That does not include the misc. nuts/bolts/screws/washers, wood for the back panels or glue for the tweed I've bought at Home Depot (add another $25). That also doesn't include the cost of tubes, which I've probably spent another $75 on.
    So...approximately $650 total.
     
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    That's great! So, for a relatively inexpensive amount of money, you also got the added kick of making it yourself, and end up with one beautiful looking (and I'm going to guess it sounds great!) amp.

    That's a good deal!
     
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    I've never built an amp before ...I bought a Mission Kit, I was gonna have my brother build....but ...he backed out...so I'm doing some reading up in my spare time, & may attemp it myself on my vacation at the end of August...If I could do as good as you've done I'd be MTY happy ...
     
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    Hey jp,

    According to the dates on your pics you've been working on this for four and a half years! You better get goin' !:D
     
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    He's waitin for it to be NOS , GK . :D

    Cool project , and David and his trannys are top notch . :AOK
     
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    Great job! Keep them grounds tight... for a nice and quiet operation!

    Best to ya,
    Darrell S.
    Texas Amplification
    http://www.texasamp.com
    Houston, Tx
     

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