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  • ennspek said:8
    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.
    @martinw might, though  ;)

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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    ennspek said:
    hotpickups said:
    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.
    Thanks! 

    Hope yours is still going well.
    :)

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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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     The latest from the MJW workshop us a good example of what can be done with a traditional design. This is an Electra, configured as a brownface 6G6 Bassman, with a couple of tweaks.

    The basic circuit is unaffected  but there's an added mid boost switch, a negative feedback defeat, and a master volume. With the MV fully up, it us transparent to the circuit, so you get the original amp unchanged, but can rein in the volume when required, accessing all the lovely fruitless you get from this type of amp when cranked.

    Tech-heads will note the valve rectifier from the 6G6, whilst the bulk of the preamp is from the more developed 6G6-B.

    A really satisfying amp to build and play, resplendent in smooth blonde :) 





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  • DdiggerDdigger Frets: 359
    Fit?  Abierdeenshire!  Turra!

    Ah nivver kent yon aire wis a min ootbye Turra fa gart bespoke amplification!

    Ah hiv seen aathin' noo...

    Div ye maak a vertical 2 x 12 speaker cabinet?

    Aye aye ma loon,

    DDig


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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    :) :)

    Fit like DDig?

    Yep, I'm out here in the fields with the coos!

    (I'll not do the Doric...I'm married to a local quine, so I'm ok understanding, but my speaking is saved for private! :D )

    And yes, I do vertical cabinets, either properly vertical like a 2x12 on its side, or diagonal like a small 4x12.

    Cheers!

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  • DdiggerDdigger Frets: 359
    No, I don't speak Doric either, but I can follow most of a conversation.

    Amp build quality looks fabulous.  Unfortunately, I have just bought an amp, but I may need a cab...

    Cheers,

    DDig
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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 1145
    His cabs are also splendid.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    This rig was shipped out a while back. Looking cool in denim blue and gold, it's an Electra Twang, with a preamp based on the Blackface Twin, and 50 Watts from 2x6L6s.

    The 2x12 cab has G12M Creamback speakers, and is set up to be used vertically or horizontally.

    Soundwise, it's the area between clean  ns overdrive that this amp loves. Obviously with 50 Watts it can do a crystal clean, but the master volume means you can dial in just the right amount of compression and grit at any volume. The full on overdrive is great too, not something you'd normally associate with a BF Twin, but the MV allows you to explore that too.




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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    This one's not quite ready to ship, but I couldn't resist a quick preview!
    It's an L6-40 combo, which is 40W from 2x6L6, Marshall-ish preamp, but this is a single Blues mode amp, so think JTM45.
    It has Power Scaling, but otherwise is fairly simple, and the speaker is a G12M Creamback.
    The covering is brown alligator, which is complimented by grill cloth with a gold fleck,  and cream piping.

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  • That denim blue looks absolutely beautiful! It wouldn't have been a choice for me in the past, but after seeing this I think I'd have gone for it for my Bantam if I'd known.

    Oh well; he who dares, wins!

    Great work as ever ;-)
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    Thanks! :)

    I've had a couple recently that have been unusual finishes, and it's nice to see how well they've worked out. I'm boring and rely on my customers to push the boundaries for me!
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  • I seem to remember that you wanted to out-source the cab work when you (very wisely) started making amps again. Did you do that, or are you making them in-house as you did in the past?
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    I've outsourced it, to a very good cabinet maker. He's nearly as good as me! ;) :lol:

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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 2001
    Possibly a silly question but I have no clue about these things and I’m in the market for a used Princeton Reverb reissue. 

    Would someone like yourself make a PR type amp in the same ballpark price wise or would it be a case of doubling that? 
    My Trade Feedback Thread is here

    Been uploading old tracks I recorded ages ago and hopefully some new noodles here.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    Yes I can do a PR, and it would be a bit more than the Fender price, but probably less than you might expect.
    I can also do electronic clones with tweaks if you fancied something tailored.
    Drop me an email if you're interested.
    Cheers!
    martin@mjwamps.com

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  • soma1975soma1975 Frets: 2001
    Cheers Martin,

    Will drop you a note before I buy anything.
    My Trade Feedback Thread is here

    Been uploading old tracks I recorded ages ago and hopefully some new noodles here.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    Prices go up on Monday.

    Last chance at the old prices!  :)
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    I've been quite busy with Power Scaling installs and servicing/repairs, but here's a couple of builds done recently.

    First is a Goldstar, lovely in Blonde with round cream knobs. This one has valve/spring reverb, but is otherwise standard.


    I have Michael at Modulus to thank for the gold star in Goldstar!



    Next is a Bantam. I haven't done one of these for a while, so it was great to build one again. This one is for Tom in Ireland. Completely standard, and it's the "British" preamp.



    And of course these are true point-to-point:

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  • guitartangoguitartango Frets: 377
    very nice
    Now there's a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky.
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  • CHrisP86CHrisP86 Frets: 207
    Nice!

    I do like the updated styling on your current builds.

    The leather handles and new font on the faceplate look really smart. 
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  • TheMarlinTheMarlin Frets: 2298
    Beautiful work. That point to point wiring is pure quality. 
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    CHrisP86 said:
    Nice!

    I do like the updated styling on your current builds.

    The leather handles and new font on the faceplate look really smart. 
    TheMarlin said:
    Beautiful work. That point to point wiring is pure quality. 
    Thanks!
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  • Love the p2p wiring.  How do you find build time vs the equivalent turret build? It’s such a shame this is going to be hidden ... great job
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 2134
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    Happy New Year everyone! Apologies for the copy and paste from my Facebook page. In case anyone hasn't seen it.

    As you may have seen on the website, MJW Amplification is currently closed, and I have decided to formally cease trading with effect from 1st December 2019.
    Since the short break in 2017, and after relocating, it has been a fair bit quieter on the new builds side, coupled with very little service work in this neck of the woods.
    I no longer have the enthusiasm to reinvigorate the business, and this was very much a thing that ran on enthusiasm. Now seems like a good time to bow out and enter semi-retirement!

    There are a very small number of amps still under warranty, and the owners of those have my contact details. My amps are mostly quite simple, so local techs should have no trouble with them, and I will still be able to provide support to techs if required, but I soon won't be able to do any serious work myself as I will be decommissioning my workshop (amplifier-wise) and selling remaining stock.


    So, just over 12 years, 240 amps and cabs, thousands of repairs; who'd have thought it when I had various conversations with a work colleague (Joe P!) In 2006 followed by a redundancy that it would lead to this.

    Thanks to everyone who has supported me with their custom and friendship over the years. All the very best for the future.
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  • MtBMtB Frets: 710
    Martin, sorry to read this, but you've made some outstanding amps while you've been in business. I'm still loving my Roadstar Custom (the red snakeskin amp at the top of the thread), and is one of the most user friendly amps I've ever owned - the power scaling is perfect for home use, but it really sings in a band context when wound up.

    All the best to you in your semi-retirement.
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  • earwighoneyearwighoney Frets: 2225
    Enjoy your semi retirement Martin.  I hope you still manage to find some time to check into the forum.
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  • All the very best for the future, Martin, from a happy MJW customer. Hopefully whatever new direction you go in will not stop you from visiting the forum from time to time ;-)
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