2 spacenuke: Nope. And there ain't going to be any. Out of ten people one will say it sounds like crap ('cause my miking skills leave much to be desired) and three will say my playing sounds like crap (which I completely agree with
, I'm not Vai by any means).
2 MorbidDream: It's actually cheaper to buy a ready-made amp even here, if we aren't talking about "boutique" stuff like Soldano, Bogner, Dumble and Trainwreck. Dumbles sell for $10K (I honestly don't understand why), and you can build one for less than $800 with all the same parts & stuff. It is not guaranteed, however, that it'll sound the same. It's cheaper to buy a used Mesa/Boogie than it is to build it by hand. Some vintage amps are just too bloody expensive to buy and it's less expensive to buy them by hand, too. They won't look authentic, but they will sound like a real thing.
100W is WAY too much for 99.5% of situations. In fact, I can't even turn my low-power power amp to the full volume, because it's too darn loud for home. And 50W is too loud, too. Many people don't know that, but the difference in volume between 100W amp and 50W one is very small, much, much less than 2 times as one might think.
As to what did it cost me to build this... I don't know exactly, I need to check with MS Money file. I had to buy everything, from drill and soldering iron to tubes, turrets, capacitors and wire. My estimated cost for X88R was around $600 (that's only parts, shipping, etc), maybe a bit more (cost of my time is not included
). High Octane was around $250. That low-power amp was around $130-140, maybe a bit less. I'm also going to whip up a design of my own - two tube four stage preamp, JFET/MOSFET active tone control, JFET/MOSFET effect loop, all tube low-power power amp. Too bad I don't have much of free time on hand right now.