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Since we’re on Hiwatt. New build DR103

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  1. william vogel

    william vogel Well-Known Member

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    The transformers are Heyboer. I varnished them, stamped and stickered. This amp is getting Mullard mustard caps and Allen Bradley resistors.
     
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    Nice. Only don't understand the fake stickers and stamps. A big no-no in my book
     
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    Like your treatment.
     
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    Whats the varnish for? Stamps and stickers?
     
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    It's to make them look like real Partridge, and to confuse future owners of this amp... It would be like copying/stamping the Drake transformer codes on a repro transformer. It should not be done in my opinion
     
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    It is for aesthetics, the transformers will not look like the originals as they do not have the perforated side cheeks around the bobbin. The rest of the amp will look nicely put together I am sure but you will be able to distinguish it from and original, although the serial plate is very similar to the originals.
     
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    I'm sure he'll wire it so pristine that there's no need for these kind of stickers to make it look good...
     
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    @william vogel this is great! Im sure with your level of skill and detail this will look (and sound) amazing!

    What preamp version are you going to do?
     
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    Early 70’s rev 1
     
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    It’s lacquer I mixed for repairing the backs and necks of Gibson Les Paul’s but it perfect for QC marking.
     
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    The guy I’m building it for doesn’t sell his amps. He asked for the full treatment. It going to have my badge and signatures.
     
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    Great idea! I have been wanting to do something similar for my Hi-Fi amp builds. Do you mix a pigment in or is that the color? It really looks like the old British stuff.
     
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    I mixed it. Base is shellac. Added a few drops of brown and honey amber dyes.
     
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    While having never actually gigged one, I've played through a couple DR103s and the 50-ish watt variants and all I can say OMFG! The clarity even when overdriven was absolutely stunning! I can certainly see the attraction for some, but even the 50 watters were way too monstrous for me! I have however loved me some Sound City 50s! Similar clarity, but definitely not the same animals!
    As Always, Pristinely Gorgeous Work!
    Gene
     
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    Looks good already. What kind of diodes did you use for rectification?

    You will use mustard all the way?
     

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