SE-5a amplifiers
barry (Administrator) 06-26-2015 at 07:39 PM.
Post: #121
Peter's pine-boxe SE-5a

"Amp is all built and sounds great. I'm using it through a 2x12 Basson cab loaded with OEM Eminence speakers, and there is loads of top end available - a Telecaster bridge pickup requires the treble to be turned down a lot Smile.

"I put the case into an 18mm pine box finished with Danish oil, as this seemed appropriate."

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barry (Administrator) 06-26-2015 at 07:56 PM.
Post: #122
Will's SE-5a combo

"I was playing through the SE-5a last night. I've started playing quite a lot now as I actually have a gig looming (first for 15 years). I'm getting married next year and me and some old band mates are regrouping to make a row. It was all the excuse I needed to spend silly money on a 1974 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe. Through the SE-5a it just sounds fabulous.

"I finally got round to getting a front panel (in a Hiwatt style) made. It sits in the box vacated years ago by a Dynacord Ref 600 combo. A horrible German valve amp that was possibly the worst piece of impulse buying I ever did. It had a clean channel so clean it could scrub the scum off surgical instruments and a dirty channel fit only for hardcore Norwegian death metal. And it kept blowing power valves. Useless. Still - the box came in handy - eventually. It currently has an old Elac 15w 12in speaker in it."


"I always knew I'd hot rod my SE-5a so I fitted three extra pre-amp valve sockets from the start, although I started building it in 2009 so it's been a leisurely evolution.

"First I added spring reverb, then an extra cascode gain stage at the front end, switched via a relay. Finally, one of the VVR kits went in – by far the best 20 quid I've spent on the amp. If anyone wants any more info on the mods I've made I'm happy to help, although I'm very far from an expert."

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barry (Administrator) 06-26-2015 at 08:04 PM.
Post: #123
Dave's rehomed SE-5a

"I had a spare 15W output transformer from you, and now thanks to the toroidal power transformer, I decided I was going to build an SE-10a into my current 10-inch combo cab with a spare EL34.

"What to do now with all the SE-5a bits...? I had an old Stagg 15W Bass combo that wasn't much use to me, so I set about building my SE-5a circuit into it. It's worked out great, and as it's such a small amp I decided I had to make it the loudest SE-5a out there. My method was simple. This one goes up to 11."

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barry (Administrator) 06-26-2015 at 08:22 PM.
Post: #124
Jos' SE-5a mini-stack

"As I mailed you in oOctober; I finished during my Christmas holiday the SE-5a project. Here are the pictures. The head enclosure and cab are covered with brown and bordeaux tolex.

"I used silver piping and Marshall-style cane grill cloth. The cab is filled with one 12-inch Celestion G12H30. And , of course, I needed my own logo/brandname, so it's become JOCAB for Jos cabs and amp building."

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barry (Administrator) 06-26-2015 at 08:27 PM.
Post: #125
Kevin's blonde SE-5a stack

"Just thought I'd send you a picture of the finished amp. I am really pleased with the quality of the kit you sent, and the build instructions were excellent. I am already contemplating another build to restore an old Vox AC4 cabinet I have acquired.

"The speaker cab is an old 'disco' type cab that would usually be on top of a stand. I got it from a sound shop local to me. It's always worth seeking these types of shops out for advice/old surplus bits etc.
It is covered in Fender smooth blonde tolex, grille cloth is of course Vox cloth. It contains a 1970s Fane 12-inch speaker. I have to say, it sounds really good, I am more than pleased with the amp.

"I bought it for my 10 year old son, who plays his guitar all the time. We built it together - sometimes you need 2 pairs of hands and little fingers make light work of the 2.5mm screws. The amp box was made by myself using 17mm ply, glued and dowelled together then radiused."

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barry (Administrator) 06-26-2015 at 08:47 PM.
Post: #126
Philippe's military-grade combo

"I've sent you few pics of my amp, finished. It's built in an old military woodbox. Good tone, like JTM45 (my other amp),. Good to play at home."

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