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I was surfing the other day, and stumbled across a thread in another forum dealing with building your own clone amp from parts or available kits. I was curious, so I surfed a little more. There's a LOT of stuff out there for the Do-It-Yourself amp builder. Places like Ceria Tone, Metro Amp, and Weber all make complete kits to build your own Plexi, JTM, 18W, etc. It all looks VERY cool. There's also schematics on the web for darn near every tube amp you can imagine. Who knew?? (I know, I know. I need to get out more...)

Anyway, has any of you actually built a clone amp? I'm interested in the quality of the different kits, and I want to know if you were happy with the tone you got when you were done? What components did you use? Did you buy the full kit or source your own pieces?

Let me know!
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Yes, I'm in the process of building a Dumble clone..... Got the kit as a gift. But it came with all good components. I've actually plugged into one and was pleasantly surprised!

Go check out the Amp Garage forum..... lots of good builders there, and plenty of helpful members and great information.

http://ampgarage.com/forum/
 

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www.metroamp.com

George Metopoulos is an incredibly good guy, and if it's vintage marshall you're after, he's the ticket. Kits, parts and his own clones. NEVER heard a bad thing about his products. I currently own a 1959 handwired which he modified to more authentic tones and to cure QC issues found these days at Marshall. I got a good deal on the amp and paid a few hundred for his modifications. Also own his cabinet with greenbacks. Did I say the guy was great?? :D
 

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I get the impression that the Metro amps are kind of at the premium end of the kit scale. They sure look nice!

I keep reading that piecing together your own parts is less expensive than buying a full kit, but I wonder if anyone's actually gone to the trouble to source ALL the parts and compare the prices? Wonder how big an ordeal that would be?
 

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I get the impression that the Metro amps are kind of at the premium end of the kit scale. They sure look nice!

I keep reading that piecing together your own parts is less expensive than buying a full kit, but I wonder if anyone's actually gone to the trouble to source ALL the parts and compare the prices? Wonder how big an ordeal that would be?
I'm not sure where you're reading that...... most guys will order parts in bulk to get better pricing. Quality iron sets aren't cheap and you'll only get a discount if you order somewhere around 10 or more sets. Plus you're going to need to know the specifics (Trans. set spec's) of what you want!

I would suggest building a simple kit to start with unless your familiar with repairing and servicing your own amps and the components that are in one. Not to mention the tools you'll require to build. Anyway, start with a 18 watt kit. Here check out some of these sites, this should keep ya busy for awhile.... ;)

http://www.ceriatone.com/index.htm

http://www.trinityamps.com/Product_Parts.htm

http://www.brownnote.net/

http://www.hoffmanamps.com/

http://www.ampbuildersparts.com/store/

http://www.turretboards.com/

http://www.mercurymagnetics.com/

http://www.ampwares.com/

http://www.newark.com/

http://www.mouser.com/
 
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