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  • #46
    @ 01bcat-

    I just finished my first amp build which is also a Triode kit. I choose Triode because I live nearby and also because the layout was very similar to the original. Customer service has been great, but nothing like the presence I have seen from Bruce on this forum. I am also having trouble with my amp, as I initially had my output tubes (12AX7 & 12AY7) wired exactly opposite (wires to pin 1 were to pin 9 and so forth). I have since fixed that problem, but now it is cutting out when I give a lot of bass input. I also feel like that I have learned more because of my failures. I defiantly plan on building another amp as soon as possible (thinking 5F1 Champ) but shipping is what kills you when ordering from multiple suppliers. I did stumble upon Tubesandmore.com which offers free shipping on orders of $100 or more, which I have not seen anywhere else (especially for heavy items like the speaker). I just put all the build parts minus the speaker, chassis, and cab in my shopping cart for just under $200. I'm torn however on whether to spend the extra money on a chromed out chassis or to make one myself and use a faceplate.
    My Builds:
    5E3 Deluxe Build
    5F1 Champ Build
    6G15 Reverb Unit Build

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    • #47
      I initially had my output tubes (12AX7 & 12AY7) wired exactly opposite (wires to pin 1 were to pin 9 and so forth).

      What kit did you build? A 5e3? They would have 2 6v6's as power tubes ( I am sure you meant pre-amp and PI). There are other folks on this forum who can help here, but the amp cutting out with the pots wired right could be a parasitic oscellation. The bass response with the p12q speaker can be a little flubby though.
      PM me if you want, do you have any pic's ofthe build?
      Also I picked up my kit at triode, saves a little $$$

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      • #48
        Originally posted by 01bcat View Post
        Thanks for everyone's help, great board.
        I found a bad capacitor.
        It sounds incredible!
        Now for that 18 watt...
        Which capacitor was it? The suspense is killing me.

        I have just built a Deluxe, and it's having problems identical to yours..

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        • #49
          Originally posted by EllArr View Post
          Which capacitor was it? The suspense is killing me.

          I have just built a Deluxe, and it's having problems identical to yours..
          I think it was a mallory coupling cap. It was a while ago... Also check the board - make sure your resistors are connected in the right places..
          Good luck on the build.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by vjf View Post
            For those of you lurking here in preparation for a 5E3 build...buy your kit from Bruce! I can't think of any reason not to.

            His parts are top quality, his technical support and customer service is exceptional.

            I know this because I bought his kit. It was my first build and it worked the first time I flipped the switch.
            Ditto - have built 3 of these - two from Bruce - and his advice and support was tremendous. There will always be a few stupid little errors when you are building, he will help figure it all out.

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            • #51
              I have built at least 150 to 160 tweed amps over the last few years... I still make bone headed mistakes... and I still like it.
              Bruce

              Mission Amps
              Denver, CO. 80022
              www.missionamps.com
              303-955-2412

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              • #52
                I have built at least 150 to 160 tweed amps over the last few years... I still make bone headed mistakes... and I still like it.
                Bruce

                Mission Amps
                Denver, CO. 80022
                www.missionamps.com
                303-955-2412

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