Old 06-20-2016, 09:04 AM   #1
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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But you can't beat the British sound...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVdG8UF2UMU
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:26 AM   #3
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My first guitar amp was a lead-acid battery powered radio with a pair of KT66s in it!!!

Beautiful leather bound wooden case. I used an old Tannoy public address speaker from an RAF camp for the noise out part!
A mate of my dads helped me convert it to run off the mains.
1954.
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Old 06-20-2016, 11:43 PM   #4
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But you can't beat the British sound...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVdG8UF2UMU
Yes. Speaker / sound is amazing. Two 9v PP3 batteries - expensive!! Too bad this amp cant be connected via voltage regulator to a 12 volt gel rechargeable battery similar to the UB 1270 (what I remember a busking guitarist friend using). Charged in under an hour: 4 amp charger xtend. Setup lets you play on the street for four plus hours busking in NYC.

Travel light!!

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Old 06-21-2016, 01:12 AM   #5
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But you can't beat the British sound...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVdG8UF2UMU
Nice natural amp compression on that clean sound
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Old 06-21-2016, 01:19 AM   #6
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~$20 in parts, 9-12V, has an effects loop, plugs into a Marshall stack and will wake everyone in the house, fits in my palm and is my at-home practice rig:

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Very nice gents.

@karbomusic, did you build this yourself?
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I did, I have a couple of them at this point.
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Very nice. I'm looking at something similar here. Anything that I can leverage my 2x12" 8ohm cab.

I may get one of these, or maybe try to build one myself in the future as well, if I have the tools or patience.

Good stuff!
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Very nice. I'm looking at something similar here. Anything that I can leverage my 2x12" 8ohm cab.

I may get one of these, or maybe try to build one myself in the future as well, if I have the tools or patience.

Good stuff!
Those sure look cool! 5 watts is pretty loud though, the little guy I have above is maybe 1/4-1/2 watt? Just an FYI.
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~$20 in parts, 9-12V, has an effects loop, plugs into a Marshall stack and will wake everyone in the house, fits in my palm and is my at-home practice rig:

Nice design / build!!
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:45 AM   #12
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What a cool thread.

What a cool idea!
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Those sure look cool! 5 watts is pretty loud though, the little guy I have above is maybe 1/4-1/2 watt? Just an FYI.
Awesome. I like the idea of this one as well. 44W out of (24V x 2A) looks too optimistic but I don't care.

Never thought looking after 0.5W micro amps. Good chance to have a look on some. After all, who still have ancient radio these days?

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Awesome. I like the idea of this one as well. 44W out of (24V x 2A) looks too optimistic but I don't care.

Never thought looking after 0.5W micro amps. Good chance to have a look on some. After all, who still have ancient radio these days?

Cheers!
Mine is literally for practicing at home where all I'm doing is rehearsing for a gig or something. It doesn't sound that bad though considering, I have a little delay I made in the FX loop and just use an OD of mine in front and sits on a permanent fixture of a Marshall 1936 cab. So that is sort of always there ready to go for sheer convenience and late night jamming.

On a side note, wattage is relative and has more to do with dynamic range than 'sounding loud'. For example, My Egnator Rebel 30 is adjustable from 1-30 watts. On more than one occasion I've gigged with it at 2 or 3 watts and get complaints to turn down. All the wattage really changes is how loud it gets when you hit the strings hard, it simply doesn't keep increasing and flattens out the peaks but the other 80% of the volume (not peaks) is still plenty loud. It just gets a little mushier with the lower wattage.

That little radio amp is super cool as well, has a classic sound to it. I love old fuzzy, sounds like the amp is falling apart tones for some stuff.
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