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2022 Winter holiday: Amp Maker will close on December 14th and reopen on January 9th 2023. Some supplies are very limited at the moment, so most kits are sold out until the New Year.

Parts shortages – valves

Due to the Russian war in Ukraine, and the sanctions that have followed, the global market for valves is disrupted. Unfortunately, I have had to temporarily remove the valves from sale with the kits. You can still buy the kits without valves and source valves yourself. Each type (ECC83, EL84 and 6V6) is interchangeable between different brands with no need to adjust bias, so the testing and tone will be the same. This is a great time to try old/vintage valves. Check Ebay listings and other marketplaces.

Valve availability

April 2022: Due to the Russian war in Ukraine, and the sanctions that have followed, the global market for valves is disrupted. Unfortunately, I have had to temporarily remove the valves from sale with the kits. You can still buy the kits without valves and source valves yourself. Each type (ECC83, EL84 and 6V6) is interchangeable between different brands with no need to adjust bias, so the testing and tone will be the same. This is a great time to try old/vintage valves. Check Ebay listings and other marketplaces.

New focus in 2021

I have decided to focus on amplifier kits from mid-2021. This means that the sale of components will end in the next few months. All components that are not used in the amp kits will be moved to the Clearance section, at a huge discount. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Bear in mind that some product pages will disappear, so don’t be too surprised if you see the ‘404’ error page as I move stuff around.

 

The time that I regain (once component sales stop) will be used to create more amp kits, and to redevelop those that are currently ‘on hold’ – this includes the 18W and the Double Six.

April 2021 changes

After shutting down the web shop to make many changes to the workshop, I have reopened having made some important decisions about the direction of Amp Maker. From this point on, I will focus on amplifier kits and I will clear out all other small components and parts.

 

Over the next few weeks, many parts will be drastically reduced in price and moved to the Clearance section. Once sold out, these parts will be discontinued, and no longer available to buy. Unfortunately, with just me here and trying to get a decent work/life balance it isn’t possible to maintain viable stocks of the smaller components.

 

Instead, Amp Maker will focus solely on amplifier kits, chassis and transformers. More choice, better documentation and better availability. I’ve had many ideas for kits – and some kits offline for too long – and the time that I don’t spend buying and packing small parts is time that I will dedicate to kit development.

 

In addition, there are also new cabinet maker options to bring on board in the next few weeks. Chris (Cabs by Chris) is slowly retiring and so I have lined up some other suppliers. Watch this space for news on that.

The Brexit thing…

It eventually happened, and there are significant changes – and administration issues – for shipping amp parts and kits to customers in the EU and Northern Ireland. Courier companies are increasing their prices to cover their overheads and there’s also a postage costs update.

 

If you are in the EU/NI you may want to wait until things improve before ordering. If you order now, be aware that there will be extra costs (customs, VAT, administration) that you are likely to be charged by your local post office or delivery company. This may add 20-33% or so to the actual cost of your order – or even more if you order a small item, where an administration cost could easily exceed the item’s value. In addition, courier companies are making mistakes with some deliveries and there are many stories about packages sitting in a courier hub for days while a human tries to work out what paperwork is required for them to proceed.

 

All of these headaches may get easier with time, but for now the delays and hassles are significant and likely.

 

If you are outside the EU (Norway, USA, Canada, etc) there should be no change.

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