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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby jimboyogi » Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:14 pm

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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby sookwinder » Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:38 pm

great job so far ... but remember just do small sections at a time, do not rush anything and always look/check twice or three times before you cut
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:54 pm

Thanks! Will do!
It really took me a while to get the chassis right as I was doing all of the cutouts myself (except for the PT). I checked and rechecked the values of the caps and resistors before I soldered them and still seem to have made only one mistake that will require de soldering. :) More on this later...
There's actually a chance that I will be far enough along to fire this thing up next week. We'll see how I do with my lead dress...
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:34 am

I plugged my PR into the Tremolux speaker cab that I wired up the other day and guess what? It actually works! I'm pretty pleased with myself considering I'd never even held a soldering iron before this project. Again, the amp itself isn't yet together, but the speaker is and sounds darn good. I'd only heard the Weber stuff online, but I have to say that I love it in person too. We'll see if the Tremolux sounds as good with the cabinet when I finish getting it wired up.
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby sookwinder » Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:53 pm

my advice regarding the webers would be to use this time while you are building the amp wisely and "run in" the speakers.

Get a guitar cable, plug it into a headphone output, get a female phono socket and wire it up so you can connect it to your speakers, then just tune the radio receiver to a hits of the 70s/80s radio station and have medium volume running through, allowing the speakers to move and brake themselves in.

The speakers will become even more 'alive".

I usually do this and leave the speakers running while I am at work.
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:17 am

Thanks for the tip, David! I'll probably be getting my 1/8 to 1/4 in adapter later this afternoon so that I can do this. Sadly, there's no real stereo in my house (we have a Sonos system, which we love, but I don't think it has auxiliary outs) so I'll be running my iPad through the input of the PR which is connected to this cab. Is that the craziest idea?
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby sookwinder » Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:05 am

In fact to save messing around I just plug the gtr cable into one of the headphone output jacks to get the signal
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:48 pm

David,
The Weber is downstairs cranking out the hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s even as we speak!

In other news, today, I mounted the tube sockets, speaker and foot switch jacks, peeled the protective film off the chassis, and got all of the board mounted wires soldered in. The only exception to this are my grounds and bus bar, but I'll take care of that tomorrow, when I do heater wire and start wiring the board to pots and tube sockets. I ran out of white wire, so I won't be following my original color scheme to the letter. Oh well...Image
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby jimboyogi » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:55 pm

wproffitt wrote:Image


Looking great!

Will you be using a backplate for the rear of the chassis?

If not, I strongly recommend using some system of labelling for the various tube sockets and jacks. Bad things can happen if the foot switch gets plugged into the speaker jack :'(
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:33 pm

Thanks for the encouragement and the tip! I'll definitely be putting in a tube chart and labeling the various jacks with the old school label maker we have at the school where I work.
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:15 pm

Here's a question: if I'm using a 1/4 inch input (as opposed to an RCA) for my tremolo foot switch, which of the three tabs do I wire to the board?
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Re: 5E9 Tweed Tremolux Build Thread: I'm Doing This!

Postby wproffitt » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:07 pm

I did the pilot light and filaments today, along with installing the AC cord, wiring in the switches, and hooking up most of what's coming out of the PT and OT. Tomorrow afternoon, I should be able to get the board fully installed if not 100% wired to all of the components. I've been thoroughly enjoying this process! Also, tell me if you see anything stupid in this picture, amp gurus! Also, anyone have any tips on the wiring for the foot switch jack I mentioned in the post above?
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