My AX84's

Winnie Thomas

It has been a few years since I put this page together. I can't say enough about the folks at the AX 84 project and AMPAGE

This is the first AX84 I built using the rev 11 schematic

top view

Here's a cleaner sounding version

This is the second version of my November project. Since I am famous for using creative ways to build things, I built the circuit board out of two pieces of black Formica counter top material. The pins are copper clad brads that I pushed through holes I drilled through the board. I then cut them to length with cutting pliers (they used to be called "dykes" in the pre-politically correct world). The amp has a modified preamp circuit and power unit. I have since stopped using brads and now use eyelets

here's the schematic
here's the innards
here's the chassis
here's the cabinet
here's the rear of the cabinet
here's the top

I've built a fair number of amps in the last couple years and have developed a design that suits my personal taste. This is a combination of ideas from several different types of amp, and also from a design developed by Bruce Collins at Mission Amps in Colorado. Bruce has been extremely helpful in my education.

Here's the EL84 Version

Here's the 6L6 Version

I'm now in the process of putting together a book for do-it-yourselfers. I hope to make it easier for others who would like to learn how to build their own amps. I'll keep the page updated as it progresses Here's a tube substitution chart I got from Gerald Weber's Column in the April 2001 issue of Vintage Guitar.

...more to come