DIY tube amp kits

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by sparrow, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. sparrow

    sparrow Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    Could anyone recommend high quality DIY tube amp kits?
     
  2. BBQLS1

    BBQLS1 Member

    Messages:
    3,270
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2005
    Location:
    Red Stick, LA
    I'll second that. The super deluxe kits are super nice and include quite a few little extras.
     
  3. Groovey Records

    Groovey Records Member

    Messages:
    3,146
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2007
    Location:
    Jackson Heights Birthplace of Johnny Thunders
    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

    http://www.allenamps.com/kits.php
     
  4. QRSS

    QRSS brutalist

    Messages:
    7,672
    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2006
    Location:
    nolita
    metropoulos for the big marshalls
     
  5. gkoelling

    gkoelling Member

    Messages:
    15,571
    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2005
    Location:
    In The Basement
    I've only read good reviews on the Mission 5E3 kit.

    I also believe Steve from SDGVintage.com is now offering some kits.
     
  6. champster

    champster Member

    Messages:
    860
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Location:
    Oceanside/CA
  7. aleclee

    aleclee TGP Tech Wrangler Staff Member

    Messages:
    11,268
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Location:
    5868 ft above sea level
    I believe that Mission Amps offers similar kits to Weber's but with upgraded components (and prices).
     
  8. PlinytheWelder

    PlinytheWelder Member

    Messages:
    425
    Joined:
    May 18, 2008
    Location:
    New Jersey
    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.
     
  9. benjammin

    benjammin Member

    Messages:
    401
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2008
    Location:
    YES WE CAN
    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 :)
     
  10. jbever

    jbever Member

    Messages:
    340
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2006
    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!
     
  11. sparrow

    sparrow Member

    Messages:
    69
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2005
    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?
     
  12. Groovey Records

    Groovey Records Member

    Messages:
    3,146
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2007
    Location:
    Jackson Heights Birthplace of Johnny Thunders
    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.
     
  13. Unabender

    Unabender Member

    Messages:
    686
    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2007
    Location:
    Finland, Kuopio
    This is of course open for argument, but guitar amplifiers are not exactly audiophile-grade devices to begin with :D
     
  14. pauly-ray

    pauly-ray Member

    Messages:
    219
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2006
    Location:
    Kentucky
    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.
     
  15. frank62

    frank62 Member

    Messages:
    5,375
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Location:
    Mechanicsburg, Illinois
    Is Weber good? Their spks are sure nice.
     
  16. Kurzman

    Kurzman Supporting Member

    Messages:
    989
    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2007
    Location:
    Mid - Va.
    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.
     
  17. go7

    go7 Member

    Messages:
    2,502
    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Location:
    Vancouver Isl.
    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!
     

Share This Page