If you can afford it, I would start with something like a Tweed Champ.tonequester here.
As I stated in the title, I've never built a kit amp before unless you count the battery powered poractice amp by Craig Anderton as outlined in Electronics Projects For Musicians about 27 years ago. I've built some simple Radio Shack type kits, repaired a tube amp, and my own stereo(blown power transistor), and done quite a few mods to guitars, amps and effects pedals. I also worked for a time as an electronics assembler. I have good assembly and solder skills, but am just now trying to actually teach myself electronics. I have to have some hands on work to keep it interesting. Reading books won't suffice. The kit that I have been considering would fit this
bill, plus meet a need(hopefully) in my guitar playing and attempts at musicianship. The kit is sold by electronickits.com (Carl's Electronics). has anybody out there had any experience with this company ? The kit is about $20.00 not counting shipping. It is a 20Watt power amp, based on the monolithic I.C. TDA 2003 in bridged configuration.
It appears that i will need to supply a power transformer, which I have located at Jameco Electronics. Cost, less than $20.00. I intend, with the proper Z and signal V matching to
run a 1Watt tube amp(as pre-amp) through the kit amp. I realize that the matching of the two amps is tricky, but I'm getting some help with this that I trust. If anybody has a better idea for my first build, knowing what I intend to do with(TO) it I'm all ears. Any advice on kit building as well will be greatly appreciated.
You will really have something worthwhile when you get Her Built!
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