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Jeff Flowerday said:
Marshall 18 watt kit. Mojotone has a great sounding one. WeberVST has a fairly cheap one, but not quite as good quality.

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This is something I've considered doing. My only problem is bad eyesight in my left eye, but I managed to put together a BYOC wah kit reasonably well.

I think I could handle a point to point or simple PCB amp.
 

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The Trinity 18 watter is definitively a nice kit. He offer a good quality kit and he is in Canada. You save on shipping and avoid dealing with customs (fees, taxes and so on).

Weber has good prices but he has to cut here and there to achieve that. I do not know about Mojo.

I have built an 18 watt from scratch and I do not think it is a good alternative if you plan to build just one amp. There is a lot of time spent in sourcing parts and ordering from multiple suppliers.
 

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Paul said:
Hey Milkman,

My Stepson built an 18W marshall kit from Trinity.

http://www.cohrs.ca/staged/Product_Parts.htm

I liked it so much I had him build me a 5E3 Tweed Deluxe, also from Trinity. If you like, we can meet up and you can see and hear my 5E3. The cost of my complete kit, (chassis, components, tubes cabinet and speaker), was right about $1 000.00 Fender is selling a PTP 5E3 Tweed Deluxe this year that is well over $2 000.00. I've A/B'd my amp with a very sweet original 5E3. While not quite identical, and not quite as sweet, it's 99 44/100 of an original for a crapload le$$.

@mail me: paul at maverickspring dot com. I think you'll be impressed.
Thanks Paul,

I'll fire you an e-mail.

If I was to build a kit I'd pick an 18 watt head. I've never played an open backed combo I really liked. Something about the bass response that just doesn't work for me.

I think an 18 watt head would be great for dirty tones. I need much more headroom than that for clean tones.
 

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Paul said:
I get that completely. What you will see/hear is the quality of the kit Trinity provides. The workmanship is strictly up to the builder, but my step-son did a great job, if I do say so myself. The 18 Watt is a smokin' amp. Adam built his with power section switching, (EL84 to 6V6), and he found an Echorette 2x12 with a horn closed back cabinet on Craigslist. He built an attenuator with only a few $$$ of Radio Shack parts. It's a kick-ass apartment building compatible set up.

This is my amp:

http://www.cohrs.ca/var/www/html/staged/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=817

I don't play dirty tones. I tend to play dark jazzy tones, with an Epiphone Elitist Byrdland or a 335. My main amp is a Victoria Victorilux with 6L6's The Tweed Deluxe fully cranked gives you some great over the top Neil Young type sounds.

Anyway, you'll get a sense of what you are getting yourself into, should you go this route.

That's a very nice clean job for sure. Point to point is a lot easier for old guys like me with crappy eyesight.

Looks like a cool way to end up with a boutique level amp for assembly line prices.
 
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