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  1. Splattle101

    Fender Excelsior: guts and build

    I picked up a Fender Excelsior amp a few months ago and I'd like to share some thoughts on the build quality. This is the back of the amp, as bought. It's not minty by any stretch, and the postman dropped it and bent the OT. Cosmetic damage only. There are some nice touches on the hardware...
  2. Splattle101

    NPD: Tru-Fi Colordriver 18 V

    Toyzzzzzzzz!!!! Nice box! Box candy. Ah-hah!!! What we're all here for.... ...now to go plug this thing in!!! :D:D:D
  3. Splattle101

    New Board Build: 'tiny' pedal board

    I decided to make a small board for convenience. If it's small it obviously can't include Wah, but I wanted the other basics: dirt, boost, delay, tuner / kill switch. Most importantly, I wanted to use re-chargeable battery power. I specifically didn't want another power lead running to stage...
  4. Splattle101

    NAD: Low Power Tweed Twin 5E8-A, Achillies Amps

    It's a hand made clone of a low power Twin, made in Melbourne Australia by a mob called Achillies (yes, it's spelled that way: see pic above). It was sitting in a hock shop in minty condition at a reasonable price, so I made an unreasonably low offer and they accepted it. Oops. It's very...
  5. Splattle101

    Magnetic Components (Classic Tone transformers) closing down

    I just heard that Magnetic Components is closing its doors. They cite Covid-19, but also said they'd had a downturn in tube amp transformer sales over the preceding few years. They also said they had supplier problems.:confused: So they're closing the doors and no longer taking orders. You can...
  6. Splattle101

    NAD: Vox AC15 Hand Wired 1

    I found an extraordinary deal on this Vox AC15HW1. It's one of the two hand wired AC15, the one with the Celestion Greenback (the other has the Celestion AlNiCo Blue). Anyway, onto the naughty bits. This thing is built in Vietnam, and I have to say they did an excellent job of it. The board...
  7. Splattle101

    It's not an amp as such, but it's a preamp kinda thing...

    For those who don't frequent the other fora much, here's a short thread I started in the Pedals subforum. It describes the build of a TremoDrive. While the TremoDrive is an effect, the clean boost is pretty much a preamp and the tremolo is a classic circuit you see in 1950s amps. There's a demo...
  8. Splattle101

    Effects Build: TremoDrive

    For giggles, I decided to build a TremoDrive. It's a tube-driven dual effect unit from Rick-Tone that gives a clean boost and a tremolo. I believe it's a 1980s era thang. I built it from bits and pieces in my parts stash, and some stuff from JayCar and Alltronics. The parts are below, in a...
  9. Splattle101

    Home made Supro 1624 clone

    Just deciding if either of these chunks of iron will do the job. They're both really a bit too much transformer for the amp I've got in mind, but I went for the one on the right in the end. The Classic Tone just never sounded nice, so it made sense to not go there.
  10. Splattle101

    Strymon Iridium

    Is anybody in here looking at the new Strymon Iridium? It's a pedal size modelling amp that seems to be aimed at a price point a little lower than the HX Stomp. https://www.strymon.net/products/iridium/ It models three amps (Fender blackface, Vox, Marshall) and various cabinets. It has a bunch...
  11. Splattle101

    New Cabinet Day: I call this amp...

    Danger Mouse. Cuz it's only 5 Watts, so it's kinda mouse like in size, but it's loud and dangerous.
  12. Splattle101

    iRig & Amplitude

    Who's using the simple iRig into Amplitude on a phone or pad? Is anybody getting any decent sounds out of this thing? I got one to see what it was like, with the intention of my daughter using it for practice or whatever on her old iPod touch 5. But I'm finding it kinda crappy sounding and not...
  13. Splattle101

    Tweed Toys

    I'm just going to leave this here:
  14. Splattle101

    Simple Things...(tweed and tape content)

    Sometimes it's all about the simple things. This: Plugged into this thing: Into this nasty little thing: Sounds like this: SoundClick artist: splattle - page with MP3 music downloads :cool: Which I reckon is a fairly smokin' blues and rock sound, if I do say so. It's nice to...
  15. Splattle101

    Warm Up the DAR!!

    :laugh2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJypvxnFg2Q
  16. Splattle101

    New Build: Tweed...thing

    I planned to do a quick build earlier this year to 'warm up' for a more complicated job sitting on my bench. This is the supposedly quick build. It's kind of based on a tweed Champ, and it looks like this: The cab is from Mojo, and it's a tweed Princeton with some mods. Here's one of the...
  17. Splattle101

    New Fender-Inspired Build

    This is a project that's been a long time in gestation. I've been thinking and speculating about it for more than 18 months, and more recently I've been doing some calculations. Now that I think I've finally solved the technical problems, I got off my quoit and made a start. This one may take...
  18. Splattle101

    Magnetic Components Trannies?

    Does anybody in here have any experience with their product? They look very reasonably priced for what they are. :hmm: I'm thinking about trying some in a little 5F1 kind of thing.
  19. Splattle101

    Transformers & Rectos

    I have been doing some calculations for a power supply for an amp I want to build, and my mind turned to the power transformer. I have this international Mojotone PT that's their drop-n for Super Reverbs and black face Bassmans. It has a bunch of primaries, but only one choice for the HT...
  20. Splattle101

    Fender content: Screens coupled to plates?!?

    I was looking at the old Fender 5E7 schematic for the narrow panel tweed Bandmaster. Strange device! Cathode follwer tone driver, treble / bass / presence tone controls, cathodyne PI (??!!). Odd. But anyway, my eye lit upon the power section and saw that the screens are run from the centre...

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