Well, after threatening to do so for a couple of years, I finally did it... I built an amp head cab for my trustly old 18-watt Fender Super Champ combo. It's a classic 1983-model Paul Rivera-design Super Champ of the kind which are now highly sought-after and much revered - and with good reason. These are quite superb little amps - 100% point-to-point wiring (the last ones Fender made) and probably the loudest 18 watts you'll ever hear. I've had this amp from new (of all my amps, I think this is the only one I can say that of) and it's served me very well, but I've always found its 10" speaker and small cabinet cramped its style, making it a tad thin-sounding, certainly compared to the sound plugged into an extension cab. Last year, I started seriously jonesing on the idea of getting a great-sounding low-powered head to use with a couple of nice cabs I have - a custom open-back 2x12 which started life as one of my mate Dave's Wolftone prototypes and a little closed-back Marshall 1x12 I originally bought to use with my Crate Powerblock. I also have another Wolftone cab, an oversized 1x12, which is just crying out to be turned into a 1x15, just as soon as I can find the right 15" speaker - no easy task in the UK, where nobody seems to market the right kind of relatively low-powered 15! Around that time, I started messing around with the idea of getting a Dr Z Maz 18. They're brillant little amps, but pricey and I'm not as flush a the moment as I was, so I started looking again at the Super Champ. About £10 worth of pine shelving from B&Q, a fair bit of sawing and sanding, a tin of oak-tinted varnish and a few bits later and here she is... I'm really pleased how it's turned out. I was orginally planning to put metal corners on the bottom and top back corners to protect the finish (I even sanded flats on the relevant corners to fit the metalwork) but it looked so good without them (even allowing for those flats!) that I've left them off. (If anyone's in the market for some genuine Fender amp corners, let me know...) I was also bidding on eBay for a flat metal early 60s Fender badge, but the price got silly and I've decided I it looks better without a badge anyway... Virtually the final cosmetic touch arrived in the mail from the States today... a set of cream early 60s-style Fender knobs which gives it a real "boutique" vibe, I think you'll agree... One more tweak to go... and I just can't decide whether to replace the red Fender jewel lens with a blue, violet or green one!!! Decisions, Decisions!