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FDP Forum / Amp Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Weber 5E3 Kit Inbound!

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Sep 27th, 2018 02:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is way cool! I’ve never played one, but I’ve always loved that tone. It’s been on my list to buy or build one for quite some time.

I found a new, fully assembled, Weber 5E3 on Reverb. The amp has an issue with some notes buzzing and the owner is done messing with it. I snagged it for a couple hundred less than the kit sells for. It’s a simple circuit. I’m sure I can figure out what’s going on.

(This message was last edited by Leftee at 04:50 PM, Sep 27th, 2018)

Leftee
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Oct 1st, 2018 08:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

The amp arrived in fine shape today. It appears he did a nice job building this.

I played it for a little bit, but I don’t hear anything wrong with it.

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Oct 1st, 2018 09:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting. I've worked on a few builds other have assembled and complained of similar "noises".

Some of these have had lead dress issues while others have had oscillation problems requiring a snubber resistor(s) to be installed in the power section.

Congrats and good luck with the new amp!

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Oct 1st, 2018 09:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks!

I’ll give it some time and see if something turns up. But, so far, nada.

The speaker is still pretty stiff. I looks like a 12F125A. Or whatever it is that comes with these kits.

Leftee
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Oct 3rd, 2018 04:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I still haven't noted any weirdness or issues with this amp. Maybe it was his house power. Or some sort of EMI.

... and people laugh at tinfoil hats.

Hammond101
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Oct 3rd, 2018 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Those issues very well may have been environmental. That's a stroke of luck.

I'd say nearly 50% of the amps I work on have intermittent problems as customer complaints. With about 25% of those the problem never presents it's self while I'm testing. They get a good once over and 90% of those I never see again.

Edit to erase brain fart.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 07:39 PM, Oct 3rd, 2018)

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Stinks like hell

and the neighbors complain
Oct 5th, 2018 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

The great things about these kinds of amps are they sound great, and they are easily repaired or modified to suit your preferences.

When you break them down into their individual component functions, they really are simple devices. The fewer number of parts in an amp--the better.

I'm convinced the reason Leo's early amp designs sound so great is a 50-50 mix of good design (Western Electric tube circuit schematics, mostly) and his cheapskate approach to building: "what's the fewest number of parts we need to make a decent-sounding amp?"

Leftee
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Oct 5th, 2018 12:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a 5E3 for sure!

Leftee
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Oct 29th, 2018 04:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I never did find anything wrong with this amp.

It is a hoot!

Hammond101
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Oct 29th, 2018 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cool, great deal!

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