Has anyone ever tried building their own amp?

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    Am curious, as valve amps are inherently simple, and trying to figure out whether I should give myself a pet project to do for a while to see what I can build and if I can make something that doesn't sound like utter turd!
     
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    Also, where would one start when thinking about this?
     
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    hey i was also thinking about this. i'm going to go to college next year for most likely business/electronics, which is a course very similar to electrical engineering with some additional business courses. will these electrical courses give me the necessary theory to be able to build my own amps and stuff?
     
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    you can get wiring diagrams on orangeforum.com of lots of orange heads, including a high gain model, i think the rockerverb 50.
    bluesbreaker diagrams are fairly common, as are 100w superlead diagrams.
    from there its pretty much a board and soldering components together. the only real "hard" part should be biasing the tubes
     
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    There are a lot of kits out there to build SLO-100 clones as well, but I've also heard a lot of people saying that building your own tube amp is much more expensive than you would think.

    Personally though, I want to do it as well, just to make the kind of tube amp I have always wanted... 50x2 watt head so you can run stereo effects without needing a second power amp.
     
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    lol. i like that idea. but id do dual 100watters.
    200 watts of loud!
    note that this necessitates a hotplate
     
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    Two hotplates. :D
     
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    I'd be kind of leery of taking on something like this, mostly due to the energy that can be stored and unleashed upon an unsuspecting arm/ finger/ nose/ toe/ tounge/ leg/ wenis/ etc...
     
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    Wenis :lol: Yeah, I know someone who built his own tube amp (never saw/heard it) and apparently electrocuted himself twice :lol: It was pretty much the first thing he told me the first time I met him :lol:
     
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    I plan on going into this field also and i've done a lot of research. The best plan i am going to take is ITT tech. Though they don't teach you vintage electronics it gives a very good base electrical circuitry knowledge. there are no schools(that i've found in the last year) that are are for guitar amplifiers. there are how ever many short courses from amp people like Kevin O'Connor. PICK UP THE BOOK "THE ULTIMATE TONE" by Kevin O'Connor! ITS LIKE THE BIBLE FOR AMPLIFIERS! OHH and yes SAFETY FIRST!
     
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    or sign up for the engater? amp building course..?
     
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    I too have been pondering this since I stumbled onto this guy on youtube who makes like these hot 3-12W tube powered amps that range from plexi to mesa kinda stuff.
     
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    what's the point of that? there is no practical usage for that in a guitar amp application. Full range hi-fi sound maybe.
     
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    I want to eventually.
     
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    it necessitates a hot2plates
    better?
     
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    yeah i mean one of the classes that i'll be taking goes into amplifiers, but it most certainly won't be guitar amps. should be a good starting point though.
     

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