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Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Dec 6th, 2011 04:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I found an empty '57 Twin RI cab on CL and bought it for $40. Now I'm going to fill it up with goodies.

I have a pair of Chicago Jensen C12Ns that I got for nothing and reconed for $120 for the pair. I ordered all the other parts, chassis, iron, pots, jacks and semiconductors for another $435.

A tweed Twin for under $650 bucks including shipping! I'm jazzed! I hope to get it soldered up over the Holidays and finish the 6G16 too.

Riverside
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SoCal

Dec 6th, 2011 05:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Do I get to try it out for several months?

ronh95

Orange County, CA

"I've got blisters on my fingers!"
Dec 6th, 2011 06:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sounds like a wicked fun project Hammond. Best to you and of course... 'photos please' as you go along. = )

Hammond101
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Dec 7th, 2011 12:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Do I get to try it out for several months?"

Sure, after I have my way with her a few times.

I'll start the pic process as soon as parts arrive.


MLC
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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Dec 7th, 2011 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Cool.
I want to build a low-power Tweed Twin for my next project.

Hammond101
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Jan 5th, 2012 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

UPS tracking saya all the parts have been delivered. The inventory will be taken tonight and the build begins!

Parts pics soon.

SoK66
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USA

We had the hit but Van got the money
Jan 5th, 2012 07:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" I want to build a low-power Tweed Twin for my next project "

X2. I just need to pull the trigger on a kit.

BBQ Gord

CANADA

Didn't chew kill my bruvah?
Jan 5th, 2012 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Sok, who other than Weber VST offers a kit of this model?

MLC
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Jan 6th, 2012 06:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BBQ, Mojo has them...

...good prices, too

SoK66
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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jan 6th, 2012 07:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Marsh amps as well. Mojo kits with his special twist.

Hammond101
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Jan 6th, 2012 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dang, The chassis was backordered from Mojo. Waiting for an ETA.



SoK66
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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jan 7th, 2012 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Check with Doug Marsh, he may have 'em. Weber's chassis aren't bad, either. In fact, I've found Weber's component boards to be more true to the originals.

Post pics as this goes along. I'm getting the bug thinking about this!

Hammond101
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Jan 9th, 2012 03:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Check with Doug Marsh"

I think it's Mike Marsh but I had ordered the kit parts from Mike & Denise. Since I was going no cab, speakers or tubes they had the sudo kit drop shipped from Mojo rather than parting out a complete kit of their own.

Denise shipped me a chassis from their inventory and has the B/O redirected to Marsh. I'll be back in business on Monday the 16th.

Thay have always been great to do business with.

SoK66
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We had the hit but Van got the money
Jan 9th, 2012 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lol, sorry. Got confused with Doug Hoffman I guess.

I got my Super kit from Marsh, they were fantastic to work with.

(This message was last edited by SoK66 at 09:27 PM, Jan 9th, 2012)

Hammond101
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Jan 10th, 2012 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Lol, sorry. Got confused with Doug Hoffman I guess."

I think there might be a Doug at Weber too. That's who I was thinking of. No worries, I just wanted to complement the people I enjoy doing business with.



Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 16th, 2012 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm finally making progress in this build. The main (only) board is completed and all the needed wires are attached to it. All pots, iron, jacks & switches are mounted to the chassis and I have installed my ground buss connecting all jacks. pots and power tubes to earth.

I built an "L" bracket that mounts to the upper left power tranny bolt that will connect the weight of the iron in the back of the chassis to the cabinet. The two bolt mounting system won't support the weight of the iron so it had to be done.

I need to drill the board and chassis for mounting then wire it up and test. A lack of free time has slowed the build.

As I remember from putting one of these together for a customer a few years ago, these things are 10 lbs of crap in a five lb box. Everything must be planned in advance. In some ways a tweed Twin is easier to build than a blackface amp and in some ways more difficult. A lack of room to work in the chassis slows progress.

Pics tonight I hope.

SoK66
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USA

We had the hit but Van got the money
Feb 16th, 2012 08:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried Marsh's ground buss idea on my 5F4 build and had a hum fest. I removed it and went to a Leo-style brass plate, no more hum.

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 17th, 2012 10:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's not good news but we will see what happens. I've done the buss grounds on many BF builds and had no problems but I expanded on Mike Marsh's ideas a bit bussing both the control pannel and rear pannel of the amps. I should know by Monday night what I got.

SoK66
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We had the hit but Van got the money
Feb 18th, 2012 08:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think he overdoes it. The Marshall style pot buss wire will work fine. He just ties together too many grounds and on mine it caused obvious loops.

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Feb 21st, 2012 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I set up two ground busses. One for jacks and pots on the contol side of the chassis and another for the output jack and power tubes on the bottom or tube side of the chassis.

My grounds from the board are connected to the control side buss. This buss teminates at a terminal strip bolted the PT.

The bottom side terminates at a second strip bolted to an opposite PT bolt.

I mounted and wired in the board yesterday. I have the trannys, main power and filiments to do yet. I'm saving the fils. 'til last so I don't have to work around them. Things look very tidy so far. I'm proud of my lead dress on the controls and the pre tubes.

I got the tip of my little finger on my left hand into the soldering iron yesterday while contorting to solder inside the chassis. Ouch & dumb too. Not a real bad burn but just enough to make it painfull to play guitar. I have a gig Friday $ Saturday. Get well soon. eh?

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 07:40 AM, Feb 27th, 2012)

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