Turret board build

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by DreamTheaterRules, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Navin R. Johnson

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  2. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    It looks pretty good.
    Are you specifically trying to keep wires as short as is practical?
     
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    DreamTheaterRules Navin R. Johnson

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    This is the amp that I have mentioned before, that I built 10-11 years ago. When you are laying out your wiring, there are something things you want a straight and short as possible. Some that need just enough slack that you can position them away from noise sources, some that need to stay away from other things, some that must be twisted together for noise rejection, etc. So in some cases you end up re-doing a wire if for example you made it too short, and you can't bend it away from a noise source, you have to replace it with a little longer one that you can.
     
  4. Ryan Murphy

    Ryan Murphy Stares at bright lights

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    Soak it in bleach to get it cleaner.
     
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  5. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    OK, I get that. I remember fussing wire length, routing and positioning quite a bit when I made military antennas.
     
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  6. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    Good work!
     
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  7. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    I appreciate a clean build. Nice!
     
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  8. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    If you want it to sound anything like a Mesa Mk V, you are going to need at least 600 more components in there.
     
  9. ViperDoc

    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    This is just a bit dirtier. British 18 Watt TMB mod combo. I’ve built a couple of Tweed Deluxe amps before this and, I have to say, I prefer the turret board all day over the eyelet board. Nice job, man!

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  10. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Will it Chug?
     
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  11. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    Only Ola can say.
     
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    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    I don't even know why I asked that... I don't chug either.
    But yeah... Ola knows...
     
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  13. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    That is HAWT.

    Makes me want to try my hand at amp building.
     
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    ViperDoc Plugged In.

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    HOT INDEED. I'm still in the try stage myself, but I'm having a blast with it. Note the second dijon cap from the left is grafted onto the original leads from the first one I put in. I installed the board and then proceeded to link the turret to the large filter cap on the left with the blue wire. In doing so, I fried the sh!t out of the cap's outer shielding and shorted it. It took me two red-plated EL84s before I figured that out! But this combo is loud, woody and gorgeous sounding, and the JCM800 master volume channel is cooking with extra bacon, brother! SERVE IT!
     
  15. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    what circuit is this based on? joking aside. looks fantastic
     
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    DreamTheaterRules Navin R. Johnson

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    AX84 High Octane. Higher gain Marshall style front end, single ended EL84 back end.
     
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    DreamTheaterRules Navin R. Johnson

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    I was in a mode then where I wanted “cranked tube amp tone” and that meant nothing more than an SE single EL84 amp for me (at the time). That’s also back when I was modding Valve Juniors. Once I finally tried some push pull amps I saw how much better they worked for rhythm punch. I sold that amp to someone from the amp forum. And it was single channel... and I wanted a clean channel also.

    If it had a 2xEL84 power stage (or better yet, 2xEL34!) I never would have sold it. It sounded great. In fact, very much like my ATMA in 80s mode and 5 watt mode. But the difference in that and the 18 watt mode is what made me sell the High Octane.
     
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  18. Alnus Rubra

    Alnus Rubra Loving nature’s wonders

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    Nice work H!
     
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  19. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Beautiful stuff, fellas!
     
  20. DreamTheaterRules

    DreamTheaterRules Navin R. Johnson

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    Thank you. This is something I had always wanted to do. Honestly, I got involved in all the pedal modding and building and amp modding and building when the mortgage business was bad and I didn't have the money to go buying new amps. Once things got better, I stopped spending all my time on modding and building and started playing a lot more. Still, I wish I had done (and someday may still do) the 18 watt Marshall build that I was almost ready to start on.

    The problem with that, as I said, is that it takes a lot of time. And, once you've had multiple really good amps, it's hard to take the time to build one in hopes it will be good enough to even get play time with a PRS and a Bogner in the room.

    Edit: I think I still have at least 3, maybe 4 unbuilt pedal kits. I keep thinking when I get a "slow" winter I'll get them knocked out, but so far, that hasn't happened. LOL
     
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