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Andrew Hanrahan
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Welcome to the Clubhouse! How did you hear about us?
From Ted Crocker's site via an article in premier guitar magazine about cigar box guitars!
What instruments are you building or playing?
Several different cigar box tube amps and guitars of all kinds.

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At 9:21am on October 4, 2018, Ted Crocker said…

At 1:43pm on October 4, 2017, Ted Crocker said…

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At 1:54pm on October 4, 2015, Ted Crocker said…

At 5:06am on November 3, 2014, Scott aka Farmer Ted said…

Fair to say no, havent made a tube amp yet. I understand the dangers of the high voltages, and have seen both the doberman amp gear like ax81 and champ schems. I will keep looking and researching, and appreciate  your time. Take care.

At 5:22am on November 2, 2014, Scott aka Farmer Ted said…

Thanks Andrew. My focus is low watt amps, as you have done, in the under-5 watt class. I have made many of the solid state LM386 circuits to fit into cigar boxes, and at 1/2 watt (well, actually 325mW) these are quite alright. I make these in "combo" form with a speaker in the box, with an added switch and "line-out" jack to enable connecting to an external cab. I have a pair of older stereo speakers, each house a 12" field coil speaker rated for 50 watts at 8 ohms each, and have converted one to connect the LM386 amp...makes for a great full sound which makes the amp seem much bigger than it really is.

  There is a local electronics shop here( a very old school gentleman who owns/operates), and can likely find the obscure tubes there or find them on Ebay. The video showing the use of wallwart transformers fascinated me. Ultimately, I don't want to enclose the amp circuit in a cigar box...rather, to make my own small custom one-off wooden enclosures in a "head" form like yours, since i like the versatility of connecting the amp to different speaker cabs to readily match the amp with a good sounding speaker.

Sound I prefer is clean-ish with reverb and a bit of crunch when pushed, which I get from the LM386.

Anyway, I appreciate any info you may be able to offer.



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At 10:54pm on November 1, 2014, Scott aka Farmer Ted said…

Andrew, came across your video of wallwart tube amps. Would appreciate some insight for schematics so I can have a go at building one. Thanks in advance. 

Farmer Ted 

email is   fted25@yahoo.ca

At 12:06pm on October 4, 2014, Ted Crocker said…

At 6:57am on February 23, 2014, Michael Fred Johnson said…

Thanks for the invitation Andrew

At 2:41pm on December 17, 2013, Jerry Jordan said…

Hello, Nice amps, whatcha building these days?


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