1. avatar wannabeflea
    Hi guys,

    For years I've been wanting to build a valve guitar amp. Don't ask me why - I'm a bass player after all! Well (eventually!) my first creation is ALIVE! The problem is now I want to build more...

    Anyway. It's a 'Lite' clone of a Dumble ODS Overdrive circuit, 22 watts output on JJ 6V6s (but sounds much louder, can get 35 watts out of it on 6L6s). It's basically a Fender clean channel with an extra 2 gain stages that can be switched in and out for a dirty channel. I bought it as a kit from the states about 3 years ago (from www.brownnote.net) and it sat in a corner getting anxious and nervous looks now and again! I haven't put the footswitching circuitry or the effects loop in there yet, but I was in a panic to get it 'finished'. I originally intended to build the amp for myself, but it's ended up as a 30th Birthday present for my wee bro (hence the panic). The completed pics below are from his phone cam (the vinyl is a much nicer colour in person!), but the chassis pics are someone elses off the net as I forgot to take some of mine myself. My wiring is slightly neater looking...

    The cab was built by my own fair hand too. I've learned a lot doing this (mostly that I don't enjoy working with vinyl!) and would recommend anybody that's curious, and knows how to wield a soldering iron in anger, should give it a go.

    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/INCAIansfirstValveAmp1.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/INCAIansfirstValveAmp3.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/INCAIansfirstValveAmp2.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
    ...and it gets Stewie's seal of approval!
    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/INCAIansfirstValveAmp6.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
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    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/chassis011.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/guts021.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
    [img:79c7f3a988]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/D-Lite.jpg[/img:79c7f3a988]
  2. avatar supersonicsolos
    CONGRATS man .looks good as gold .hows she sound?
  3. avatar wannabeflea
    Clean sounds 'fender'y. Dirty sounds very bluesy. Dumble overdrive circuits have a signature sound and I can hear it in this. Think early Santana/Robben Ford. The clean channel pushed sounds quite SRV to me (especially using single coils!).
  4. avatar thesacredhearts
    That looks pretty cool. Good work!

    I'd love to have the patience to make my own.
  5. avatar Recycled Alien
    I've always fancied doing that myself, although I'd probably prefer a head in a plain steel case, like a Tiny Terror.

    Do you need to do much tweaking and setting up? Is a multimeter sufficient?
  6. avatar JoePineapples
    That looks the absolute funkin bizznizz m8 - i wish u had brought it to practise - i'd love a go & i woulda got u to make me one if i had've known that u actually knew wtf you were talkin about lol. - all those wires & stuff look scary to me - i take my hat off to anyone who can make sense of it all. maybe u could start buildin & knock a few out on here - i'm sure there'd be plenty of interest
  7. avatar wannabeflea
    [quote:e80ab5f000="Recycled Alien"]I've always fancied doing that myself, although I'd probably prefer a head in a plain steel case, like a Tiny Terror.

    Do you need to do much tweaking and setting up? Is a multimeter sufficient?[/quote:e80ab5f000]

    There's a guy in England selling kits for a Marshall mini bluesbreaker type kit in a steel cage chassis:
    http://www.valvepower.co.uk/18w_kit.htm

    Aye a multimeter was all I used too. Only really needed it to check continuity on the heater wiring and to set the bias for the tubes right at the end of the build.
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  8. avatar wannabeflea
    [quote:729329387d="JoePineapples"]That looks the absolute funkin bizznizz m8 - i wish u had brought it to practise - i'd love a go & i woulda got u to make me one if i had've known that u actually knew wtf you were talkin about lol. - all those wires & stuff look scary to me - i take my hat off to anyone who can make sense of it all. maybe u could start buildin & knock a few out on here - i'm sure there'd be plenty of interest[/quote:729329387d]

    Aye, THE BIZZNIZZ! I'll have to get my bro to bring it back up and let you have a rip on it mate. That peavey I have in the house at the minute is lined up for this treatment so there might be another one finished in the not too distant future!
  9. avatar adamb1026
    That looks amazing and having a fender tone makes it even more amazing. congrats man
  10. avatar stevie j
    Nice, that's real tidy looking.
  11. avatar anty2
    how much to make me one :lol:
  12. avatar fopp
    that's a cute wee doggle.
  13. avatar wannabeflea
    Yeah, Stewie is cute isn't he! My brother's dog. Pity he can't get him house trained!

    [img:ea030c0ea0]http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/Bigwan2062/StewieSofarcomp.jpg[/img:ea030c0ea0]
  14. avatar Sadoldgit
    true guitar porn - congrats.
  15. avatar citizen
    Ian

    That's some tasty tolexin you've done there...congrats on finishin your 1st build & hope the wee Encore works out OK for build no.2 Any chance you would still have the parts list / diagrams for this build?

    Cheers

    Kieran
  16. avatar machinehead
    That looks excellent. Do you mind me asking how much all the bits cost? PM me if you prefer.
    Cheers.
  17. avatar riskybusiness
    man nice amp. pure dedication.

    stewie the bassett rocks

    lovely little thing.
  18. avatar wannabeflea
    [quote:19fcf33f2e="citizen"]Ian

    That's some tasty tolexin you've done there...congrats on finishin your 1st build & hope the wee Encore works out OK for build no.2 Any chance you would still have the parts list / diagrams for this build?

    Cheers

    Kieran[/quote:19fcf33f2e]

    Hi Kieran,

    I have a parts list somewhere here. I'll get it scanned and send it to you. PM me your email address. You can get the most up to date layout and schematic from the brownnote forum here:

    http://www.brownnote.net/forum/

    There's also loads of mods listed there. The Encore might end up being build 3. I'm looking at doing something smaller for build 2 - probably rebuild my wee Harley Benton GA5 (basically an epiphone valve junior combo) as something similar to an Allen Class Act - like a single ended champ with a higher gain, plexi style preamp. I might order all the parts for both projects at the same time though...

    Cheers

    Ian
  19. avatar wannabeflea
    [quote:f965a8f771="machinehead"]That looks excellent. Do you mind me asking how much all the bits cost? PM me if you prefer.
    Cheers.[/quote:f965a8f771]

    No probs telling all here! I was in on the ground floor with the kit order so I got it much cheaper than you would now - the kit's up to 690 now if you count shipping, duty and VAT. I think, all in, I might be up to about 550 or so by the time you count all the bits and pieces. It all added up pretty quick (speaker, vinyl, speaker cloth, corner protectors, carrying handle, feet, etc.). Proportionally the most expensive stuff was the nuts and bolts - B&Q are total rip-off artists when you're buying stuff in small quantities!

    Big lesson learned there. I think I could probably do one from scratch a good bit cheaper than that though. Not too bad when you consider buying the completed amp from the states would be about 2200. They're woodwork and tolexing would put mine to shame though, but then this was only my first go.
  20. avatar wannabeflea
    By the way, thanks for all the positive comments guys. Very encouraging.