SE-5a

Aidan’s SE-5a

Some customers prefer to build the amp into a ready-made donor head. Here, Aidan has put the SE-5a circuit into an old Marshall head cab found on Ebay and teamed it with an old Marshall 1×12 cab. “I chose a Celestion G12 vintage speaker (100dB/W sensitivity) to try to get the best out of my …

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Colin’s cool half-stack

A mixture of old and new styles for Colin’s SE-5a build: vintage piping and red tolex with aluminium ‘treadplate’ material for the front panel. Together with the matching 4×8 cabinet, it looks terrific. “The finished item is a vast improvement on my Vox Valvetronix 30W amp – easier to get where you want and the …

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Stephen’s blonde SE-5a

If you built your amp in the cramped confines of a shed, or perhaps on the kitchen table, spare a thought for Stephen – he built his on board a ship in the North Sea! I can’t imagine what sort of mains voltages a ship’s generator puts out, nor how you solder while being thrown …

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Brian’s conversion

Here’s a conversion of an old solid-state amp: the Marshall Lead 12 combo at the top of Brian’s 3-way stack now contains a complete SE-5a. Brian used the SE-5a Basic kit and placed the output transformer within the Lead 12’s chassis (which was deep enough to accomodate it). The valves and power transformer hang down …

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Chris’ SE-5a

Once again, it’s the neatly executed logo that finishes this amp off. Chris had his logo engraved with his name in a script-style by a local specialist engraver in Newbury. This type of logo uses a black-on-white sandwich of plastic and the engraver removes the top layer to make the logo design (just like the …

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