Which Kit? Building My First Amp!

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by cshenkan, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. cshenkan

    cshenkan Member

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    I think I am going with a 5F1 Champ circuit. Is the 5e1 any different in terms of sound or level of difficulty in building? Based on my research, I think I am going to go with either Marsh or Weber. Who has the best instructions?

    The Guytronix .5 watt amp has sparked my interest as well with a ton of support with pics. Any thoughts on that as well?

    Lastly, do I need a multimeter that can measure 20 amps or is a max of 10 fine?

    Thanks.
     
  2. RL in Fla

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    10A is plenty for amp work . Look for one rated to 600 volts , that's the key .

    Inexpensive digitals are fine for home use .
    Spend your initial money instead on a good solder iron & a good pair of diagonal flush cutting pliers .
     
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    Whatever meter you decide to get (600 volt DC capability as mentioned above), please get one with rugged meter leads. That is an indicator in the right direction of a quality instrument. The rugged leads are your insulation from getting zapped ! ;^)
     
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    Also, when looking at meters, find one that measures milliamps. (AKA mA). One that measures just amps (AKA 10A or 20A) won't be sensitive enough. Try and find one that is a decent name brand.

    Another soldering station you might want to looking into is the Elenco SL-5. Great unit, around $30, and made in the USA. In my opinion it is much better than the equivalent Weller or Hakko.
     

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