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« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2011, 09:52:24 PM »

Thanks for the responses.

It'll be a head cab so most likely I'll use the cab with the C-lator compartment built in. Those look pretty cool I think.

Thanks mcinku, I wasn't sure if I needed to change the layout or not before I start.

 Thanks Todd, I have a giant size layout, taping the parts to the layout seems like a great idea.
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« Reply #16 on: August 13, 2011, 07:44:44 PM »

How's the build coming along??
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« Reply #17 on: August 15, 2011, 09:35:30 PM »

It's moving pretty slow. Hopefully soon I can post some pics of my progress.

Thanks for check'in!
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« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2011, 11:33:54 PM »

Well I soldered the heater wire up but not sure if I'm satisfied with it. When I get back home in a couple days I'll post pics.

Has anybody ever used a template of the front/back and did the soldering outside the chasis? I remember reading about someone doing it this way.
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« Reply #19 on: August 23, 2011, 01:31:58 AM »

Usually only input jacks should be soldered outside... the rest you can easily do within the chassis...
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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2011, 09:10:13 AM »

I do everything inside the chassis. One tool that makes life sooooo much easier is a small pair of needle nose with 45 degree bend. Either way you will find yourself in odd positions to get some of the wires crimped and soldered. Also be careful not to burn other wires with soldering iron shaft while getting in the tight spots.

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« Reply #21 on: September 03, 2011, 06:54:01 PM »

Ok, on the switches there's 2 orange caps, one larger than the other.

I'm not all that great at readinng these things and those caps I have don't seem to be matching up with the values on the layout. There's only 2 and I can easily go by the pics but I want to make sure things are right.

Layout:
.005uF (smaller)
.01uF (larger)

Caps:
502K60Gv 0938? (smaller cap)
103K600v 0924? (larger cap)

I'm  not all that great at using a multimeter either Embarrassed

Is 502K the same as .005uF and 103K the same as .01uF?

Thanks,
Bob
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« Reply #22 on: September 03, 2011, 11:11:26 PM »

Ok, I finally figured it out.
I'm at work and couldn't investigate things earlier so I posted.

I ended up finding a guide how to read capacitor markings.

http://wjoe.com/capacitorinfo2.htm
http://www.radiodaze.com/capacitor_ID.htm


BTW,
I'm on the tone stack pots, switches and input jacks and moving right along. Everything is going good.
Can't wait to get back at it!
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« Reply #23 on: September 04, 2011, 04:08:23 AM »

Now you're hooked... welcome to the club
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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2012, 01:27:15 AM »

Well, here I am once again.
It's been about 2 years now since I first bought my HRM 50w Bluesmaster kit and I still don't have it built!!!  Embarrassed

So, I finally came to my senses and fired myself immediately. It's plain to see that I'm just not cutting it..... Shocked
I contacted Tone Amps out of California and Will (owner) agreed to build my amp at a pretty decent price IMO.

Tone Amps is located in California and they'e a Ceriatone service center. They also build their own amps. Will is a great guy and easy to work with and talk to.

I should have it back in a couple weeks he said and I am a very happy man!

Thanks to all who tried to help me, I do appreciate the efforts.
IMHO, the Bluesmaster is not the amp to get for a first build unless you have a certain amount of experience.
I'm glad I finally realized this and had someone else do the build.

I'll post pics when I get it.
Thanks again!
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« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2012, 02:57:24 AM »

That sounds like a good plan. You deserve to have this amp working and being able to play through it. You'll love it!

If you still would like to get into building an amp sometime, maybe something like a easier Fender circuit (Champ Ultra or Prinzetone) or a Marshall circuit with a lower parts count would be a better fit. No need to feel bad about getting someone to complete the BM. And don't let it stop you from getting into building if you still feel the urge.

Let us know when you get it back.

P.S.
Something that you could do to still get  your feet wet with the whole "amp sound sculpting" thing, is picking a nice "custom" set of tubes for the amp. I don't know what direction you have considered for the tubes, but feel free to ask about it here.

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« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2012, 12:34:17 AM »

Hey Chris,
I agree that I need to be playing through this amp. I fell in love with the tones several years ago and still to this day.

As far as the tubes go, I told them I play Classic Rock and Blues and wanted high quality tubes so they're going to hand select the right tubes to fit my amp. I'm sure they'll be great.

I also have this custom head cab ready to go.

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« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2012, 12:48:59 AM »

Hey, that cab is cool. So you have a Clator ready to go too? Man you'll be all set pretty soon.

As you may have read or been reading recently, give the amp some time to break in. Also, no matter how it's sliced it takes a little trial and error to fully figure the amp out and get a good sound.

It seems like everyone goes through a similar process of being very excited with high expectations, then a bit of disillusionment, then eventually a couple "AH HA" moments, then finally tonal bliss.  Grin
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« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2012, 05:44:34 AM »

That C-lator is not mine, I wish it was. The guy that built the cab had a customer come in with one so he installed it to show me what it would look like. I'll be getting one though real soon. I'd like to find a used one but they are hard to come by it seems. Either way, I'll have one.
Yes I've read many things about breaking it in and having patience......Tonal Bliss would be nice, I hope I can get there...lol
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« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2012, 10:11:49 PM »

P.S.
Something that you could do to still get  your feet wet with the whole "amp sound sculpting" thing, is picking a nice "custom" set of tubes for the amp. I don't know what direction you have considered for the tubes, but feel free to ask about it here.

So I'm kinda confused about the tubes they picked for my amp.
I was under the impression after talking with them about my amp that I was going to get custom hand picked tubes.
Come to find out he picked Groove tubes 6L6GE clear top RI's and Electro Harmonix 12AX7's.

I don't know, to me these are just so-so tubes. I feel there's way better options available, especially since the tubes are costing me $120.

What do you guys think about these tubes? Any suggestions what would be better than these?

Thanks!
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