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    Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    My 5E3 project is moving along smartly. All the hardware is now in hand and fellow forum member Bill Moore has the motherboard mostly assembled. I've selected a tube array consisting of an RCA/JAN 5Y3GT, a pair of my beloved blackplate RCA 6V6GTAs, and a pair of Amperex 12AX7's (all bottles vintage NOS). I will be testing a blackplate RCA 5751 in the V1 position as soon as the amp is up and running. I'm hopeful that its initial shake-down cruise will occur sometime in the early spring. Since this will be my final amp project I want it to be a good one.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    That sounds awesome! When one of the power tubes in my tweed Deluxe clone failed a friend and I went through his collection of tubes and tried a set of Sylvanias that he swore he'd never part with in it just for kicks. After the first chord he said "These tubes are staying in that amp!" and he gave me the tubes.

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Sylvania's are stout and durable bottles -- I have a handful in my tube caddy. I hope you were able to return his favor.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    Sylvania's are stout and durable bottles -- I have a handful in my tube caddy. I hope you were able to return his favor.
    Unfortunately, he passed away. A couple of years later, I saw someone on CL selling a very familiar looking amp. It was this really cool oddball little combo amp that my friend had built. I bought it as a permanent part of my collection.

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Hi Roger,

    Looking forward to progress reports on this project.

    Jerry

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Thanks, Jerry.

    Yesterday I delivered all of the amp's components to Bill. We rendezvoused over in Lordsburg, NM and accomplished the transfer in the parking lot of the local McDonald's then spent a good half hour chatting about the "good old days" and other stuff that old fogies enjoy yakking about. A real pleasant journey all around. I'm starting to get really stoked about this project now.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    Thanks, Jerry.

    Yesterday I delivered all of the amp's components to Bill. We rendezvoused over in Lordsburg, NM and accomplished the transfer in the parking lot of the local McDonald's then spent a good half hour chatting about the "good old days" and other stuff that old fogies enjoy yakking about. A real pleasant journey all around. I'm starting to get really stoked about this project now.

    Very nice. These music and gear related errands are always very pleasant.

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Things are moving along then, eh?
    Looking forward to hearing tone reports when you get it.
    A 5E3 / clone has been on my radar for quite a while.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    The 5E3 amp is nearly complete. Bill has completed the wiring and final assembly and it should be ready for delivery soon......









    I'm really eager to see this project completed and enjoy the result. Many thanks of course to my "posse" -- Bill Moore, Greg Williams, Jack Schwart, and Tony Tranker -- for enduring months of my many questions and concerns.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Are you going to shellac the tweed? A small detail, but also a nice touch. I know a lot of guys opt for tolex to avoid having to work with tweed.

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Already done......you can see the sheen in some of the pics. The tinted lacquer provides a nice authentic vibe.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    I need a tweed amp. My Princeton Reverb has tweed but it's really more of a Blackface circuit. LOL.

    Maybe once the basement is my music room/workshop, I'll try to build an amp.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    That was my motivation as well, Dan. I'm top-heavy with blackface and silverface models but I had nothing to represent the tweed era. This new build will fill that gap. I'd thought about several models (low-power Twin, 5F6 Bassman, etc) but display/storage space here is now limited. The Deluxe will be perfect for my purposes.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Quote Originally Posted by phantomman View Post
    Already done......you can see the sheen in some of the pics. The tinted lacquer provides a nice authentic vibe.
    Doggone it, for some reason the pics don't show up when I'm at the house. Nothing, no link, no URL, nothing. I can see them now, though, since I am at work
    & yes, I can tell! Looks great

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    I'm hosting via ibb, Robert. Perhaps your browser (at home) needs updating.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Ill look into it, but it's that way across all my devices, though.

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Sounds like you need some *real* tech advice from a pro. I know about this shit like I know about polo ponies.

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    I'm not a tech pro, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn.

    My first thought was that you are blocking cross-domain cookies.
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    mmm, cookies, I'm starving
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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    That looks great! I love my tweed Deluxe clone!

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    Re: Tweed Deluxe Repro Amp

    Bill was kind enough to send these additional photos......









    I'm really impressed with his attention to detail and his commitment to quality.
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