Silver Supporting Member
I once bought Fender Blues Deville guts on-the-cheap, with good intentions of rehousing. Yes, very cheap. It didn't fit in the box I had for it and I ended up selling everything, just as I bought it.
Yes, my Palmer Drei and HK Puretone are PCB -and immaculate, great amps.Engl is a prime example. Very complicated PCBs (and unusual PCB mounting method) but I have never had one fail on me in 25 years, starting with their 19" stuff up to the newer heads.
The worst one I’ve seen was an American made Hot Rod Deluxe from the early 2000s. Had to rebuild the entire input jack section with jumper wires after previous owner tried to repair it himself and ruined all the traces.Fender uses the cheapest pc boards that i have seen.
I second the HK Puretone. I acquired two combos and a head when they sold them off 2 years ago due to the cancellation of the line. Unbelievably direct amps. Put a Friedman Motor City Drive in front of it and you have all JTM45 goodness including the revered ghost notes.Yes, my Palmer Drei and HK Puretone are PCB -and immaculate, great amps.
My Havelstar 5881 is PTP and the neatest I've ever seen.