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good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by okgb » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:06 am

Looking for a reasonable deal on a marshall style amp head, one That I can hack up & experiment
there's allot of room in the old style single channel ones, most kits seem too serious trying to be old marshall heads
that they're close to a grand or more.
Amps JVM 410H [too many mods to mention ] '73 50w lead, 70's vibrochamp , mesa mkIII U.S. Vox pacemaker
Rock , pop rock & Blues style's mainly played
Gtr's Musicanman " Luke " wolfgang [ carved top w pearly gates ] Hondo lazer , Warmoth strat
Fx t.c. 2290 , Lexicon tc verb
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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by Greg_L » Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:40 am

okgb wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:06 am
Looking for a reasonable deal on a marshall style amp head, one That I can hack up & experiment
there's allot of room in the old style single channel ones, most kits seem too serious trying to be old marshall heads
that they're close to a grand or more.
I'm on my second Weber kit. If it's something you wanna experiment with, the Weber stuff is perfect. You can be in a complete 100 watt Marshall kit for about $650...with the head cab. Some of the small parts like jacks and pots are sort of janky, but that stuff's easy to upgrade. You can also buy them a la carte to buy your own transformers and stuff.

https://www.tedweber.com/6m100-c-kt
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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by okgb » Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:01 pm

Yeah The Weber seems to be one of the better buys around, allot of the kits are 800-1.200 would hope to find a used marshall at that point !
Amps JVM 410H [too many mods to mention ] '73 50w lead, 70's vibrochamp , mesa mkIII U.S. Vox pacemaker
Rock , pop rock & Blues style's mainly played
Gtr's Musicanman " Luke " wolfgang [ carved top w pearly gates ] Hondo lazer , Warmoth strat
Fx t.c. 2290 , Lexicon tc verb
Pedals tbone plexi , t.c. chorus , various handmade & usual suspects t.s. , zen , CB wah ..........

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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by Greg_L » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:27 pm

okgb wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 7:01 pm
Yeah The Weber seems to be one of the better buys around, allot of the kits are 800-1.200 would hope to find a used marshall at that point !
I don't know of any big-watt Marshall kits as complete and affordable as the Weber stuff.
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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by Casey_Butt » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:05 am

I bought a Weber kit and the cab was warped. It was largely a cosmetic issue because it didn't interfere with the assembly, but if you're picky about that sort of thing it could bother you. They shouldn't have let it be sold with an obvious twist in it like that. Other than that, I've never seen better value amp kits than Weber. If you don't like the pots and jacks you can easily upgrade them.
_ JVM410H: "Blackface" Clean channel, "Plexi" Crunch channel, "Dual Rec" OD2 channel, 3rd stage bias pot with switchable 100nF bypass cap, switchable 470k/470pF "treble peaker", OD1/2 Orange and Red extra gain pot, signal boost into power amp, PI voltage set to 2203 levels, 5H choke w/ 50uF on screens, -ve feedback pot.
_ Marshall 2203/1959 clone - switchable (with FX loop, resonance control and -ve fb pot) built from a Peavey Windsor 'donor' head
_ Fender Deluxe Reverb clone head
_ ADA MP-1, ART Power Plant, Tech 21 PSA-1
_ 1960A cab w/ Celestion G12-65s and G12-75Ts in X-pattern, Peavey JSX cab with Celestion G12M's (UK 6402 cones)
_ Fender Pro 185 (rebuilt) - open back 2x12" with Jensen C12Ks

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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by okgb » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:00 am

Hey Casey , the Peavey Windsor that you modified, did you take the preamp pcb out or work with what was there ?
used Traynor amps used to be a good deal as a raw all the parts there platform, these days people seem to want a min 500 +
Any other recommended " donor " tube amps anyone ?
Amps JVM 410H [too many mods to mention ] '73 50w lead, 70's vibrochamp , mesa mkIII U.S. Vox pacemaker
Rock , pop rock & Blues style's mainly played
Gtr's Musicanman " Luke " wolfgang [ carved top w pearly gates ] Hondo lazer , Warmoth strat
Fx t.c. 2290 , Lexicon tc verb
Pedals tbone plexi , t.c. chorus , various handmade & usual suspects t.s. , zen , CB wah ..........

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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by Casey_Butt » Mon Jan 13, 2020 1:04 pm

okgb wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:00 am
Hey Casey , the Peavey Windsor that you modified, did you take the preamp pcb out or work with what was there ?
I used the original board but had to add a second, small board for the power amp section. The Windsor preamp is very easily modded to a 2203 preamp. I made it more complex by adding a switch to take in or out one tube and change the gain pot layout to make it switchable between a 2203 and 1959 (which required a 4pdt switch). I also added an effects loop right before the power amp (which was the biggest nuisance because I had to track down some squeel). But if you just want to turn it into a straight 2203 preamp, it's no problem.

The power amp is configured very differently than a typical Marshall, so I had to add a small perf board for that. I piggybacked it onto one of the Peavey mounting screws so there was no drilling involved. There are a few spots where traces have to be cut IIRC.

It's an ideal platform for that sort of thing. I used the hole for the "boost" button to mount a switch for the effects loop and put a level pot next to it. I used the "texture" knob as a negative feedback control. Of course, I also went through the amp and changed all the caps, resistors and things that I didn't like to higher quality ones or to match Marshall specs, and I swapped the cheap output transformer to a ClassicTone. It actually sounds better than the JVM's Crunch channel - "bigger" and clearer. For pure crunch type sounds it's probably one of the best amps I've ever heard - absolutely beautiful with vintage type overdrives, distortion pedals and the like.

For anybody looking to make a 2203 as easily as possible I highly recommend it. If you stick to the stock 2203 conversion it shouldn't be too much trouble.
_ JVM410H: "Blackface" Clean channel, "Plexi" Crunch channel, "Dual Rec" OD2 channel, 3rd stage bias pot with switchable 100nF bypass cap, switchable 470k/470pF "treble peaker", OD1/2 Orange and Red extra gain pot, signal boost into power amp, PI voltage set to 2203 levels, 5H choke w/ 50uF on screens, -ve feedback pot.
_ Marshall 2203/1959 clone - switchable (with FX loop, resonance control and -ve fb pot) built from a Peavey Windsor 'donor' head
_ Fender Deluxe Reverb clone head
_ ADA MP-1, ART Power Plant, Tech 21 PSA-1
_ 1960A cab w/ Celestion G12-65s and G12-75Ts in X-pattern, Peavey JSX cab with Celestion G12M's (UK 6402 cones)
_ Fender Pro 185 (rebuilt) - open back 2x12" with Jensen C12Ks

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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by Andy » Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:06 pm

How nice to see the old crew talking amps on here ! maybe the phoenix will rise again [smilie=headbang.gif]
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Re: good deals on Amp kits ?

Post by okgb » Fri Jan 17, 2020 12:32 am

there's a phoenix amp kit? what have you been up to Andy?
Amps JVM 410H [too many mods to mention ] '73 50w lead, 70's vibrochamp , mesa mkIII U.S. Vox pacemaker
Rock , pop rock & Blues style's mainly played
Gtr's Musicanman " Luke " wolfgang [ carved top w pearly gates ] Hondo lazer , Warmoth strat
Fx t.c. 2290 , Lexicon tc verb
Pedals tbone plexi , t.c. chorus , various handmade & usual suspects t.s. , zen , CB wah ..........

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