Hand-wired 5W Tweed Champ $245 delivered!

Discussion in 'Amp-a-ridifiers' started by Michael7, May 17, 2019.

  1. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Just stumbled across this on Ali Express. You can't buy a kit here for anywhere close to this price, much less an assembled combo in tweed.

    Might be a good buy for you knowledgeable electronics guys. They're probably as reliable as a Monoprice or similar. Even if some parts failed at a future date, they could probably be readily replaced as needed with US built components.

    It's actually a slightly different circuit, since it has a tone control, which the Champ doesn't.

    https://www.aliexpress.com/item/5-W...?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.66ae4a5buvzeG9&s=p

    Note in the fine print that the recent tariffs aren't included in the price. No idea if this kind of item is subject to them or not.

    Looks like these could be the same at this amp.

     
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  2. TimTheViking

    TimTheViking Squier-Nut

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    Feb 13, 2019
    Chesapeake, Virginia
    I'm holding for a Monoprice Stage Right which are currently on B/O. I'm hoping that the recent tariffs won't make that price rise or I'll be waiting even longer. I'm sure many things coming from China not affected by the tariffs will rise anyway as Americans won't know that the price rise is not due to tariffs. They will simply blame the US government and not the Chinese that a are taking advantage of it to make a few more yen on US sales.
     
  3. duceditor

    duceditor Dr. Squier

    Age:
    72
    May 29, 2014
    The Monadnocks, NH USA
    Wow, that is a deal!

    If I didn't have my Sweet Baby amp I'd be all over it.

    -don
     
  4. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    Maybe they were trying for a tweed Princeton.
     
  5. Michael7

    Michael7 Squier-holic

    Here's a US vendor selling these amps. Maybe the description is enough to say more about the circuit. I think you know way more about the electrical side than I do.

    https://reverb.com/item/419380-bird-bee-classic-5-5w-tweed-all-tube-combo-amp

    Specs:
    • Single-ended Class A design
    • Handwired turret board construction all tube circuit
    • 5 watts via single 6V6 output tube
    • Single 12AX7 preamp tube
    • Single 6Z4 vacuum tube rectifier
    • Volume and Tone controls
    • 8 inch 8ohm branded Celestion speaker
    • Dimensions: 33x19x33cm
    • Weight: 8.2kg
     
  6. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Squier-holic

    I'd need to see the schematic to know the details, but the Princeton had a tone control, so that's why I wonder if that's what they were basing this amp on. Otherwise the Champ and Princeton were pretty much the same circuit.
     
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