WF-55 amplifiers
barry (Administrator) 05-16-2011 at 10:14 PM.
Post: #21
John's WF-55 combo

"Got the wee amp finished… Hope you like my finished job." John's come up with an unusual way to house the amp in the combo cabinet: it's mounted at the bottom of the cabinet - a little like a few amps of the '50s and '60s. you may have to stretch a bit to reach the control, but one useful benefit is that the cabinet is not as top-heavy.


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barry (Administrator) 10-24-2011 at 11:36 PM.
Post: #22
Andrea's high-rise WF-55 combo

Here's a very unusual take on a small combo. Andrea has kept the narrow dimensions of a typical Champ-style amp, but built it taller to make the controls easier to get at.


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barry (Administrator) 10-25-2011 at 05:34 AM.
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Christophe Grellier's beautiful WF-55 set

Where to start? The exquisite design? The custom faceplate? The stunning match with a stunning guitar?

Well, I think it shows that Christophe is a luthier (and now amp builder). He's based in France and I strongly suggest taking a look at his Web site: http://www.grellier.fr/index.php?lang=en

Look closely and you can see that he's tweaked the basic WF-55 a little to suit his amp layout: the Power switch is now on the front, and around the back there's a three-position switch for speaker impedance.

"Here it is: my WF-55 kit is finished! Making the head cabinet was a lot of work, but I am really happy with the result! It sounds really good, with well enough power for playing at home. The faceplate and backplate are made of 2mm plexiglass, painted black and engraved with my CNC router.

"One mistake I made first was to put the input socket on the left and the power switch and power light on the right: the input signal cable was running along the entire width of the chassis, close to the power transformer, and I had strong hum and noises. I then swapped these elements and everything went good."


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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 09:39 PM.
Post: #24
Matt's tweed combo
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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 09:44 PM.
Post: #25
Mark's retro combo
"I purchased a WF-55 kit from you a few weeks ago which I have recently finished. It was a bit like playing Tetris to get everything to fit in the small cab that I had (had to rotate the power transformer 90 degrees and mount the input socket and pilot on the front of the cab), but thanks to your excellent instructions I now have a fabulous Champ-style combo that sounds 'the business'.

"The box came from a junk shop. I've no idea what the wood veneer is - the ply was originally covered in horrible brown varnish, but it was obviously well put together. The speaker is a ceramic C8R and replaced the old cloth-bound, non-working speaker that was originally in there. I just need to experiment with a closed-back now to see how it affects the sound.

"Great kit, excellent clear instructions - many thanks!"
       
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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 09:48 PM.
Post: #26
Peter's primate cage
"Thought you might like my WF-55 head box pix (Like a gorilla cage, it's holding a beast inside, lol). It still works most weekends if we're in smallish bars/pubs. Use it as an acoustic amp, nice sound and handy size.

"Handle on top is off centre to ballance the trannies at one end of the chassis."
   
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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 10:01 PM.
Post: #27
David's blonde combo

"I've completed the amp and cab and have had great feedback from my fellow muso's. Decided to base the cab on the Champ but did not stick to the finer details. I was so pleased with the woodwork I wanted to show it off.

"Found things fitted better with the amp in the base and earthed an alternate faceplate to the kit. I'm now inspired to rebuild a Fender Twin that's been rotting away in my shed and have made use of some of the speaker cloth that was being discarded."

   
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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 11:05 PM.
Post: #28
Denis' tweed build
"Two months later, I'm still on a honeymoon with my WF. Here is how it looks now that I finished building it's new housing. With a Strat and a light gain overdrive in front, it nails the SRV - Texas Flood sound, which is exactly what I was looking for!

"I used MDF for the cabinet, not necessarily the most accurate choice but I have plenty at home so... As for the speaker, I haven't decided yet between a Jensen P10R or a Celestion G10 vintage. I tried both with the WF and love them both. Maybe the Celestion sounds a bit more juicy to my ears so I guess I'll keep this one for the moment."

       
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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 11:10 PM.
Post: #29
Jamie's tall combo
"Here's some pics. Not as pretty as the other ones on your site, looks more something I'd have found in my grandad's house. Sounds great though. I used a Jensen p8r speaker. I'll definitely be back to make something else when you get the new kits in. Thanks again for your help."

       
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barry (Administrator) 06-14-2015 at 11:18 PM.
Post: #30
David's tweaked WF-55
"Just to let you know I've completed the WF-55 kit, and included the VVR. It was fun to do and your instructions were very clear, even for a complete beginner like me.

"The sound is amazing: so smooth and silken, it seriously rivals my friend's MesaBoogie in tone quality at lower volumes. A bit dark an boxy (I made a small combo and have a 6inch Jensen speaker), if I need to say something negative. Though dark is not bad for my preferred jazz tone. It loves my Effectrode Blackbird (that's a serous combination!) and Tube-Vibe (which almost works like an overdrive pedal), but the TC-Electronics reverb (Hall of Fame) sounds a bit dull and flat. Perhaps because my hollow bodies already bring a natural resonance/reverb to the amp.

"Find a picture for your gallery attached. It's called the DecoChamp, after the art-deco exterior (half a DVD rack I bought for 2 euro at a car boot sale)."

   
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