kustom defender 5h many pics

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  1. TWANG

    TWANG Senior Member

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    You going to Mod that?
     
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    TWANG Senior Member

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    this amp sounds much better than any of those clips.
    I have no idea how they managed to screw that up.
    It's quiet. Not quite as loud as a vj. It's got a bit less mushy lows.
    It's tiny, hard to get bigger caps in there on the B+, might have to be choosy about size if you wanted a new OT. I suggest MPS010 from MatnDonna on ebay but check dimensions.
    Lotta 1/2 W resistors, tiny caps, brown import caps, a few better resistors. Overall,
    they save cash on the PT and chassis/cab combination
    Very clean design really, and well done.

    GC was FAST and the amp is well worth the money in my view, period.
    For a modding platform, a bit more problematic than the VJs, and certainly not as nice as their cab. You could probably fit this into the vj cab.

    Glad I bought it, will be fun to mod.
    For non modders, I think this is one solid introduction to tubes, and a very nice home/rock jam amp.. enough cleans for church guys!.. and pretty darn nice consdering the money alone. But nice in general in my view.
    I'll stick some JJs in there and A/B it with some different speakers.

    with an 8" speaker I bet this is near perfect for bedroom use.. that would cut the volume enough that you should be able to get dirty and not get yelled at.
    in an apartment, not so much.
    with a 12", the way I ran it, it's pretty loud, but not as loud as a vj. On the other hand it's got a slightly better low end -- to my ears and in a pretty quick test.

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    interesting. thanks for taking one for the team and letting us know what you think about the amp :thumb:
     
  5. TWANG

    TWANG Senior Member

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    Too cheap to pass up, Ben!

    LPjr. Most likely, as soon as I get caught up on my work.
    I need to figure it out a bit, it's not identical to a vj but very very close.
     
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    Cool! I was curious about those.
     
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    Personally, I like the look of the Defender's chassis better than the VJ Cab. The VJ just looks like a waste of space, while the Defender stays small in style. I know that the smaller Cab calls for smaller Caps, and smaller Transformers, but if TWANG gives it such a good review off the bat, than it must be better than a stock VJ.
     
  8. TWANG

    TWANG Senior Member

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    I can't agree there.
    First off.
    the VJ has a better Power transformer. Ships with better tubes.
    The chassis on the kustom is all metal and light, but it's also vented like mad to make up for that.
    One spill and you're in big trouble.

    The parts inside as you can see are much smaller... those may even be 1/4 watt resistors.
    the smaller caps look like they belong in a pedal. and not an expensive pedal.

    the amps volume is not as great, and the layout is slightly different.. dont know exactly the changes, need time to look closer.
    but the reason the lows don't mush like an epis probably has to do with the way it compresses so much more when cranked, and the way the volume is less

    Overall, I'd say this ought to make a decent platform for mods.
    It's near toy like in some aspects, the single ended design and tubes saving it from that category.
    I like it, just fine, and will have some fun with it.

    The vj cab.... well that's taste. that's a LOT of cabinet and well made for the money.. and by a lot, I mean a very good deal.
    It's safer, for sure. You could spend a hundred bucks just getting someone to build a cab like that.

    The KD5H has other smaller issues in it's design but I do say.. I think it's worth the money.
    And if you have some experience with modding you'll have a lot of fun and a nice amp when you're done.

    Better than a modded vj? nope. as good sounding, I'd say yes.
    But you'll have to work a little harder, and probably spend a tick more here and there.
     
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    I totally agree with the VJ cabs being great for the money. I run 2 of them, and am very happy. If you want more out of them, just change the speaker.
     
  10. TWANG

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    I put a 12AU7 preamp tube in it..
    lots less power in these.
    clean almost all the way up.sounded really nice, too.
    don't put a sovtek or other power amp tube in.. you have to change a resistor value first.
     
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    Hey, Twang, thanks for the info. I was that close (holding fingers close like Maxwell Smart) to getting one with the GC 20% coupon. But, I had to pass since I already have an Epi Valve Sr., a Marshall Class 5, and a Blackstar HT-5. But, I am still very tempted. :)
     
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    I'm modding mine already.
    Put in a few caps and changed one resistor.
    Looks like 300v at pin 9.
    haven't checked all the voltages or bias calc.yet.
    But it sounds better!

    I need to get a 12AY7 tube, don't have one and want to hear that.
    the AU7 is nice but not enough volume.

    Still glad I bought it! In fact, at that price should have gotten another one to do later.
     
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    new tone pot
    conjunctive filter new caps
    new resistors
    gain pot but not hooked up yet.
    moved logo to bottom
    got 319 at the plate.. actually a little less when calc. bias.
    panels dirty..
    will add a master volume control to the right of the other aluminum knobs.
    nobody seems interested in this much lately so I'll forego additional posts.
    sounds really good.. love the tone control..
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    I'm interested, TWANG. I've been watching the progress. I just haven't posted as it is a bit beyond my capabilities.
     
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    I can't wait to see how you rate it compared to your modded VJs.
     
  16. Standard 64

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    Isnt the speaker WELDED into place on the VJ cab?
     
  17. TWANG

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    Ok good. glad I'm not alone.

    I'll get the gain pot in over the weekend. And probably the lo input for dual input.
    Maybe a master volume.. I'll try that without drilling a hole and see if I like it.. then I can put a gain or bright switc in if I don't.

    Right now.. the main difference between this and a vj modded the exact same way is pretty small.
    The KH tends to want to feed back if you stand real close to it..
    but hey.. it's neat feedback. with tone! So that's kinda cool.
    I don't think it takes pedals nearly as well as the vj... it's got a slighlty different front end, so the lo input is going to not only cure that but be a really good thing to have.
    I'm starting to like the look of it. I think with four aluminum knobs on the front
    with standby toggle and extra matching input, it will look pretty serious.

    The last thing I'll do after fuse holder on the back is rig up an NFB on a three way.

    I'm doing one for another guy, so I think if mine sounds good, I'll leave it as it is at that point. His will probably get the big Weber OT or a Hammond.

    I like the way you can see inside the thing.. all the big orange caps look like fire from outside. *L*
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    vj speakers aren't welded into anything. I don't know how you got that idea.
    I've changed speakers in mine several times.
     
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    Huh? How would you weld steel to plywood I wonder? :hmm:
     
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    More like Super Super Glue.
     
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    When I bought my VJ head/cab I did quite a bit of research and never heard anything about the speakers being hard to remove.

    For the price the K5 sounds tempting - too .bad I'm still infatuated with my VJ someone modded up for me :laugh2:.
     

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