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« on: July 09, 2011, 01:40:59 PM »

Hello there guys,

A lot of you have indicated interest in the clone of the SSS.

Our version will be, for the 1st release, the 6L6GC 100W type.

To gauge interest, please post here, so I can see how many chassis, plates etc, I will need to do for 1st round release.

Since we wont do kits for this model, I will not source in bulk (100 chassis at a time) like usual.

Indicative pricing is 1700-2000, at the moment.

Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2011, 06:27:33 PM »

Very interested

In a kit Tongue

Seriously I hope to hear some sound clips on this one.

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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2011, 03:57:13 AM »

I'm interested, but I'd have to find someone to assemble it in the Netherlands. So far my HRM works great Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2011, 05:51:13 AM »

@Nigel T.

Nik stated that he will NOT ship out kits, only his team will assemble the amp.

Shame, I'd love the kit!
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2011, 12:34:11 PM »

I will eventually want one, but probably not in the first round (trying to buy my 1st house at the moment)

also, any possibilty there will be a 150w version in the future?
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2011, 05:32:34 AM »

@Nigel T.

Nik stated that he will NOT ship out kits, only his team will assemble the amp.

Shame, I'd love the kit!
Thanks, I hadn't read that.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2011, 05:17:07 AM »

Nik,

and anyone else.

It might be helpfule to geenerate interest (and for my lack of knowledge) to maybe give a description of the SSS.  I.E. tubes sound, what artist (i.e.l SRV) have used one.  Maybe a short werite up on the differences from the OTS series?

Just thinkin' out loud (well, in print)

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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2011, 05:30:03 PM »

As far as Stevie's use of SSS amps,i attached a PDF file i found which claims to show all of his amps used (Dumble or not) and how he had them setup. Of course it is the internet, so it may or may not be accurate. hope this helps a lil bit Wink

* en-wikipedia-org_wiki_srv_amps.pdf (24.91 KB - downloaded 2237 times.)
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« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2011, 02:19:59 PM »

The SSS is a completely different animal compared to Dumble ODS-style series of amps.

 Original Dumble SSS's were voiced specifically for the player in mind. The amp was derived from the Dumbleland most likely to suite a different kind of player looking for more of a glassy clean platform with loads of headroom.

Here is a list of know spec's that most SSS contain:

Fet and Regular Input- Often there was a FET Level control with the FET being footswitchable

Bright switch
Deep Switch
Rock/Jazz switch

Full Treble/Middle/Bass tonestack with Preamp boost foot-switchable,(disengages the TMB controls for a Boost)

Hi/Low filter Section-(usually with a 2, 6 step Rotary control to adjust Hi & Low artifacts.

Tube Reverb- With Reverb Send & and Return Controls to adjust the reverb to exactly where you want it

Passive Effects Loop- Used to interface a Dumbleator to run line level Time based effects and other Rack devices. 

Master Volume control- Controls the overall level of sound

Presence control



The early SSS's were 100w's with 6L6GC's with the same feature set above



Here are a list of SSS users and the platform they used.

Henry Kaiser- Owns #1 and #4 SSS. #1 is a 100w with added Tremelo, #4 is 100w too.

David Lindly- A Snakeskin beast with foot-switchable Boost, 100w with 6L6's, you can see with amp in the Roxy in Washington D.C. clips on Youtube

Eric Johnson- 150w 4x6550 pwr sectionwith Reverb and Filter Section (hi/low filter section) This amp can be seen sitting on the rack case in the late 80's and early 90's Austin City Limits shows. Eric Would often run a Tubescreamer and Tube Driver very low for slight breakup. It was his "Dirty Rhythm" amp.

Stevie Ray Vaughn-150w 4 x6550 pwr section with Reverb and filter section,- The amp was said to be voiced like Jackson Browne's "White Glove" Dumbleland for Bass. SRV's SSS was essentially a bass amp voiced for guitar frequencies.

John Mayer- 100w with 6L6's, all the features above, this amp is very special and sounds incredible with harmonics that just jump out. Two-Rock based their Sterling Signature on this amp and Henry Kaisers SSS's. This ap can be heard at countless recording and Youtube vids.

Santana- Owns tons of Dumble amps after his 2000' album Supernatural and song "Smooth". His SSS was formerly owned by Eric Johnson. It was sold by EJ to another Texan whome sold it to Carlos after it had been remojo's by Dumble when a repair was done. Santana claimed to borrow SRV's SSS from Jimmy vaughn to try it out then he purchased the SSS shorlty after.

Kirk Hammet-also owns a later Blackface SSS

These are the most influential player's and the most known amps. Just like Overdrive special's SSS's come in all different types of Voices with different faceplate colors for different era's.

SSS's contain a Driver tube that's part of the power amp that makes natural breakup nearly impossible. That being said Clean Headroom with a SSS is Huge sounding with an almost multi-dimensional piano sounding artifact.   

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« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2011, 04:14:17 PM »

very cool info! thanks, Greg!
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« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2011, 08:58:02 PM »

I might have to sell some of my amps to bank roll a Ceriatone SSS purchase.

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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2011, 09:35:48 PM »

I might have to sell some of my amps to bank roll a Ceriatone SSS purchase.

Mark

+1 I heard that! Me too
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« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2011, 05:07:12 AM »

I'd probably want one.  Hopefully just a chassis version so I could customize the cab.
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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2011, 10:52:04 AM »

I'd like to build a 150w SSS if we can figure out the filter circuit (w/o inductor) and what type of OT to use.
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« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2011, 08:43:05 PM »

The inductor circuit is on the Sunn Model T Super schematic.

There are a few schematics showing some filters but whether they are correct is anyone's guess.  Each SSS was customized to the player anyway.

Mark
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