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martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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Rather than continue on the "Should I, shouldn't I...." thread  I'll start a new one for updates, for anyone who's interested and hasn't seen Facebook. You'll gather the answer was Yes anyway, thanks largely to the support I've received from members here, and I'm now set up in our new house in Aberdeenshire, which has a large garage with a good sized, purpose built, workshop space at one end.
Orders are coming in steadily and the first amp of the new start was delivered last week.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
    edited March 2018 tFB Trader

    It's a Roadstar 18 with 2 footswitchable channels.

    The 'clean' channel is an EF86 with 6-way tone control, and the Overdrive channel is  Marshall Plexi style. There's a fat swith which adds a bit of heft to both channels.

    It also has a valve driven spring reverb, with a 3-spring MOD tank, as well as Power Scaling and an SDM (Metroamp) effects loop.

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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 3349
    Well done, looking forward to seeing increasingly drool worthy amps, what with Chris at Rift, we surely have the choice of some excellent amps within this Forum
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    trying to load some pics at the moment, but having probs on my tablet.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
    edited March 2018 tFB Trader
    Sussed it.



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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 3312


    Looks great Martin.  Can't wait to order my 5E3, I keep staring at the empty cab longingly!

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  • strtdvstrtdv Frets: 1842
    Looks great, I'm still delighted with my Roadstar Twin
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    strtdv said:
    Looks great, I'm still delighted with my Roadstar Twin
    Glad you're still enjoying it :)


    Looks great Martin.  Can't wait to order my 5E3, I keep staring at the empty cab longingly!

    Looking forward to that. Might try and the in delivery with a visit down south. 
     
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  • ThorpyFXThorpyFX Frets: 5157
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    Looks bloody awesome Martin 
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    Thanks for the support chaps, much appreciated.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    Another V6-20.this time for Klaus, in green/gold, much like my own amp. Relatively simple, with Power Scaling, SDM Loop and foot-switchable dual master volumes, but it sounds awesome. All the 60s and 70s Marshall-esque rock and blues you could want at any volume from gig to bedroom. Also a cracking JTM45/Bassman clean, the best pedal platform there is. That's why I've got one! :)

    Klaus' amp, #224 is on the left, mine, #6 is on the right, built 11 years earlier and has done years of gigging and rehearsing.


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  • SCRelicsGuitarsSCRelicsGuitars Frets: 4619
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    Great stuff Martin! That view ain’t half bad either ;)
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    lonestar said:
    Great stuff Martin! That view ain’t half bad either ;)
    Cheers! :)
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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 1170
    Excellent news.
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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 1170
    @martinw When you get a chance mate drop me a  email or a call. I might be interested in finishing that project we almost started!
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  • VoxmanVoxman Frets: 2685
    edited May 2018
    Great to see you 'back' Martin (arguably you never 'left' but you know what I mean).  

    By end of Q1 next year I'm hoping to realise some proceeds from an investment property, when I want to treat myself to a custom hand made guitar (probably a Feline Lion) and a smaller, quality hand-made amp - and in the hope all's still going well with you too, you'll be my first call Martin! 
    I started out with nothing..... but I've still got most of it left (Seasick Steve)
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    ennspek said:
    @martinw When you get a chance mate drop me a  email or a call. I might be interested in finishing that project we almost started!
    Will do. Would love to build that one!
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    Voxman said:
    Great to see you 'back' Martin (arguably you never 'left' but you know what I mean).  

    By end of Q1 next year I'm hoping to realise some proceeds from an investment property, when I want to treat myself to a custom hand made guitar (probably a Feline Lion) and a smaller, quality hand-made amp - and in the hope all's still going well with you too, you'll be my first call Martin! 
    Many thanks!
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
    edited May 2018 tFB Trader

    Here's the latest. It's a 45 Watt Electra, my take on a Blues Deluxe, so a general 'Fender-y' sound, with a footswitchable drive. With the Drive on, the master is active, and the clean volume is off. Comes with a valve-driven spring reverb that is moderate rather than super-lush, and has a Celestion G12H-75 Creamback speaker. Finished in Tweed with Oxblood/gold stripe grillcloth.



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  • drpbierdrpbier Frets: 98
    Another one down in the queue! Someone's having a good weekend with this...
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 3416
    That looks epic sir very very nice.  
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 3312

    This looks great.  

    How much does it weigh Martin?  

    Mulling over upgrading my Princeton to something a bit more powerful.


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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    This looks great.  

    How much does it weigh Martin?  

    Mulling over upgrading my Princeton to something a bit more powerful.


    It's quite a substantial amp, this one, as the customer wanted it that way for a big sound. The H magnet speaker isn't the lightest!
    I'd reckon somewhere between 22-24kg. It's similar to the Fender Blues Deluxe in size and weight, disregarding the G12H.
    It could be made lighter and smaller quite easily, but of course it's a trade off.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
    edited June 2018 tFB Trader

    This is one that went out a couple of weeks back. It's pretty much a 'standard' Roadstar 18, except it has a valve/spring reverb, Power Scaling, footswitchable boost and an SDM effects loop. Finished in Emerald levant with Bluesbreaker grill cloth and white piping, the speaker is a G12M-65 Creamback.

    A very nice amp :)

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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
    edited August 2018 tFB Trader

    This is the latest from MJW. It's a bit different having the ability to run two different types of output valve, either 2 x 6L6 or 4 x EL90/6AQ5. I did one of these a few years ago for a customer, and he liked it so much he wanted another!

    The basic amp is an Electra Twin, 2 channels with clean (Blackface-ish) and overdrive (4 gain stages), and in this case it has Power Scaling and a digital reverb added. It also has a foot-switchable volume boost, which is internally adjustable by a trim pot.

    Also on a trim pot internally is the OD mid control; to save panel space, the  customer was willing to sacrifice this control, but it's not necessary to do away with it altogether.

    With a pair of 6L6s, the amp produces 30W approximately, clean, cathode biased. A quad of EL90s is half that, and it can also run 2 EL90s for around 7.5W.



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  • I haven't seen this on any of your amps but can you fit a line out/DI at the back of your amp designs @martinw ;
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2138
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    I haven't seen this on any of your amps but can you fit a line out/DI at the back of your amp designs @martinw ;

    Yep, I've done several.
    You can have a simple resistive one to a jack socket, or a transformer one to a balanced XLR jack.

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  • martinw said:
    I haven't seen this on any of your amps but can you fit a line out/DI at the back of your amp designs @martinw ;

    Yep, I've done several.
    You can have a simple resistive one to a jack socket, or a transformer one to a balanced XLR jack.

    Ooooh wow then I think I'll have to be speaking to you soon then. I'll email and discuss my plan and wish list :)
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 1170
    martinw said:
    I haven't seen this on any of your amps but can you fit a line out/DI at the back of your amp designs @martinw ;

    Yep, I've done several.
    You can have a simple resistive one to a jack socket, or a transformer one to a balanced XLR jack.

    Ooooh wow then I think I'll have to be speaking to you soon then. I'll email and discuss my plan and wish list :)
    You will not regret it.
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