Who are your favorite Super-Duper-Small-Time Original Amp Builders?

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  1. mikendzel

    mikendzel Member

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    +1 for MARK BARTEL!!! Superb amp designs (I've been using them for 15 years now) and an awesome fellow!
     
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  2. drbob1

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    Curt has gone thru some health problems, so he's not building as many as he was if I understand, but they absolutely kick butt as a way to get some cool textures from your collection of left over single tubes.

    Morgan Keedy was a great small builder-really well done stuff that took Leo's ideas and stretched them a bit (got a killer brown Deluxe with KT66s, perfect for medium sized gigs). Unfortunately, building just kind of beat him down and he's done for now.

    Jim Kelley, of course. GREAT sounding amps, only a couple hundred out there (fewer available for sale at any time than Dumbles). Currently only building a couple of amps a year, pretty hard to get one.

    Not sure how many amps Gerald Weber at Kendrick is building and not entirely sure how I feel about him. He assembled my 1930s Gibson KEH from a bag of parts and it works great. But, I asked him to try and remove the silver paint from the telex, instead he recovered it with Fender tweed??? I've seen him do great work (rebuild a transformer for a Gibson GA79-RVT) to hack work (replace transformers and scatter various random electrolytic across a Super Reverb rebuild). Some of his builds sound pretty cool, though, and he was one of the earliest and least flaky guys in the original tweed reissue push. Other guys from the same era like Blues Pearl and Holland maybe weren't quite as good businessmen.
     
  3. El Rey

    El Rey Silver Supporting Member

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    As of late....Rick St. Pierre.

    I could be wrong, but I understand Wizard Amps is one, as in only Rick.

    I know he's been almost impossible for me to get a hold of.
     
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    Not sure he fits your criteria (but don't just judge his amps by their look), but what about Tim Marcus at Milkman Sound?
    https://milkmansound.com/

     
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  7. Bruce Clement

    Bruce Clement Gold Supporting Member

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    I make a channel switcher. 100w, octal preamp, true ptp. Grand Prix 100.

    Here's a crappy NAMM vid to prove it! ;)

     
  8. Bruce Clement

    Bruce Clement Gold Supporting Member

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    Is Conrad still building amps? I love the early Sunn amps, though they were mostly used by bass players. I just think they look badass.
     
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  9. Gookiecrunch

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    Haha that's a good question!! Somedays he says yes and others he says no hes retired Haha. Conrad's the best! He has a few models of guitar amps but is pretty selective who he builds for... sometimes. I know of a couple used ones for sale from a couple collectors though.

    He builds a 1x12 single channel amp called a blues jammer and a 2 channel with quite a few eq options (think treble mid and bass switches and things) called a velvet hammer. he's even building a model t for a buddy of mine.

    The old sun amps model c... (I may have the c and t reversed.. lol) are used by guitarists too. (Think bassman). The doom guys use them a lot.

    I love my blues jammer 1x12 32 watt 1 channel powerscaled... compared to a lot of really nice amps and she blew them all out of the water. Actually took it to a great amp builder whose kind of blowing up the last couple years... and well they did not compare to the blues jammer. Just a brilliant amp and incredible human being as well.
     
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  10. Peteyforto

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    Shout out to Hovercraft Amps. I love my Caribou.
     
  11. fusionbear

    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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  12. flume

    flume Gold Supporting Member

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    Matchless. You might think they’re a huge operation with a vast factory.

    You’d be wrong.
     
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    ...hands down Benson....with a nod to Winfield and Lil Dawg who have both made some great amps for me...
     
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    I haven't read through the entire thread, but wanted to make sure the terrific David Allen is mentioned. Great hand-wired Fender-influenced amps.
     
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  16. Gookiecrunch

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    I had a redplate once upon a time...
     
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  17. Gookiecrunch

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    Which benson do you have?
     
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    i mentioned this earlier in this thread, before hearing one. well, now i own one.
    TODD SHARP! joat 20rt. desert island material. figure out a way to play one before you make any amp decisions. super talented builder for sure...
     
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