Tweed alert: Bought an amp built by a random TGPer and...

UncleMeat

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...It worked out great!

Below is my new 5F11 "Vibrolush" from Modern Sound Amplifiers. I posted a couple weeks ago on here looking for recommendations on such an amp, and got contacted by forum member Coldengray. He builds amps in his spare time and does a great job of it.

It's way nicer than I expected... visually it's incredible and the sound is pretty on par with the originals but I think overall a tad warmer and more balanced.



Here's the specs, per his website:
  • Vintage style chrome plated steel chassis with 3 inputs
  • 5F11 board made from G10/FR4 electrical grade fiberglass
  • Jupiter Yellow vintage style capacitors
  • F&T or Sprague electrolytics
  • 22g cloth covered wire, 18g heaters
  • Carbon comp resistors
  • Carling switches
  • CTS pots
  • NOS tube sockets
  • Switchcraft jacks
  • Purple indicator light
  • Speaker hookup
  • Mercury Magnetics transformers
  • Modern Sounds "Vibrolush" logo
  • JJ 12AX7s, Tung-Sol 6V6s and NOS RCA 5Y3GT rectifier
  • Tweed 1x10 cabinet made to my specifications: knot free pine, amber tinted lacquer, leather handle, metal glides
I am not at all good at doing gear demos, but you can hear it here...
Many thanks to Coldengray for doing awesome work and not stealing my money and shipping me a box of fish heads or something like that.
 

ripple

To keep fresh, keep capped & cold.
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Congrats on a beauty! The 5F11 is a GREAT circuit and I love the way the tremolo sounds on these. Mine has become my favorite grab & go small combo.

Enjoy your N.A.D.!!!
 

big mike

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Good stuff!!!

harvard and a tele would be perfect Steve Cropper tone...Mmmmm...
 

H. Mac

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Congratulations on a great amp! I liked your demo vid too!

I don't know if it's your first tweed, but you probably know the old saying: "Once you know tweed, it's all you need!"

Have fun!
 

Deluzion

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Nice amp, hope my Swart STR Trem i have incomming, looks and sound as good as this, as this custom build was probably cheaper?
 

MRscratch

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Great sounding amp!! Very cool
I think tweeds are my favorite of all time.
I have a little 57 harvard that just kills me
 

coldengray

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The Vibrolux is a Harvard with added vibe - a wonderful circuit with more clean headroom than a 5E3 but plenty of delicious Tweed breakup.
 




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