Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by sparrow, Aug 10, 2008.
Could anyone recommend high quality DIY tube amp kits?
I'll second that. The super deluxe kits are super nice and include quite a few little extras.
Allen Amplification long established, high quality, full support, and they sound beautiful.
Made in the USA
I have his take on the Blackface Deluxe Reverb I just gotta say with a whole lot more
metropoulos for the big marshalls
I've only read good reviews on the Mission 5E3 kit.
I also believe Steve from SDGVintage.com is now offering some kits.
Ceriatone : http://ceriatone.com/index.htm
Weber : https://taweber.powweb.com/store/kits.htm
Can't say anything about Ceriatone but I wouldn't call the Weber kits high quality. I do have two Weber amp kits and they are fine for the price, high quality, I would say no.
I believe that Mission Amps offers similar kits to Weber's but with upgraded components (and prices).
Yeah, for the money I like them. You can get them transformer-less and
upgrade them and the caps and resistors if you like.
That's the beauty of kits, you can customize them as you build them.
Thanks for the links above, they certainly do look like quality stuff and were new to me.
For 18 watters...http://www.gdsamps.com/18wattmain.html
I helped work on a Mission 5E3 for a friend of mine and it was sweet! Highest quality all around, total joy to put it all together. Best 5E3 I've heard, but the Celestion Blue might've helped
I've built 2. 5E3 from Mission Amps and a Brown Sugar from Allen Amps. Both top notch amps, quality parts and service that you can't beat. Good luck and have fun!
Many thanks to all for the input. This will be very helpful. It was mentioned that you can easily upgrade parts in the kits. Any suggestions for a source for audiophile-grade components?
talk to David Allen he will provide all the help you need, his caps and resistors all have been chosen around sound principles. Tranny upgrades, and NOS Tubes will put the cream in your coffee.
He's got it all After your done with the Build you even get a free 1 hour hands on QC from David.
This is of course open for argument, but guitar amplifiers are not exactly audiophile-grade devices to begin with
I just built a 5e3 kit from Steve at sdgvintage. Very nice kit. Much higher quality parts than some of the kits out there. IMHO.
Is Weber good? Their spks are sure nice.
I built a Weber stand alone reverb unit. I upgraded it with about $100 worth of parts. I also built a couple of Allens. The Allens were 100% pro quality. Great components. You almost always get what you pay for.
The speakers I've bought from Weber were great.
Another vote for Mission 5E3. Well thought out. Example; I wanted to use a 2x12 ext. cab w/ mine [now I can run 3-12 in speakers]. The original transformer has lead wires for external cab plus the jack is already in place ,very easy mod.BTW I bought a Mercury Magnetics OT and actually liked his custom transformer better. I got mine completely stock and upgraded the coupling caps to Sozo.Also put in his anti flatulance mod for humbucklers, chassis cut out was already done. It is a switch type on- off. When it is off there is no alteration to the original circuit. Did I mention sounds Killer! Good luck!