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  1. Hey - just saw this looking for other VJ info but if you're still on the fence Baby Will is an awesome project and great for a beginner. The PCB is sturdy as heck and the circuit is amazing. You may want to head over to 18watt.com and get signed up as there is probably more help available over there than around here these days!
  2. Actually ended up getting a great deal on a Vox/Wharfedale jefrs - and I have to say I find it a highly underrated speaker in comparison to the stuff I've read about them... I was soundly broken when I got it but so far it seems better suited for my style than the V-30 I've been using.....
  3. Someday soon Twang - I think I've got maybe one more paint by number build and a bit more reading to do before I take the leap into PTP... not that it's killing any of the joy I felt when I heard Baby Will for the first time - gotta get this thing out and about but the old F-30 might be up Craiglist soon as happy as I am with it so far : ) You know while I'm at it I'd really like to thank the bunch of you here again for the help on the several builds - I may not be posting often but I've gotten so much mileage out of the builds I've done and there's nothing quite like bringing your own build to a jam and blowing away your boutique amp buying buddies (not that I wouldn't if I could ; ) with something you've built yourself!
  4. The board that I got for the Baby Will is really built like a tank - a fine piece of workmanship and design - basically idiot proof and that's part of what makes it a great first project graduating from the EVJr's - and it drops right into the EVJr chassis with just a few tweaks : )
  5. I just gotta bump this thread up having finished my Baby Will (after 3 EV Jr mods) and all I can say is do it now! If you've already done tweaks you love on 1 of them just be sure you got your safety thing together (google or talk to an amp tech until your clear on how to drain your filter caps and take readings safely) and then convert that EVJr into a Baby Will!! It is a really great sounding amp - lots of sparkle and plenty of girth - enough that my P-bass sounded good through it too!!!
  6. Wow Twang - not only did I get the darn thing working but I immediately took it to rehearsal for the guitarist to check out, (sounded as good as his Orange combo : ) but then just for the heck of it hooked it up to the 2x15 I was playing bass through and did 3 hours on bass with it cause it sounded great with the P-bass too.. what an amp!!!
  7. Hey'all, Was working on my Bab Will last night and got things up and running to check voltages w/o tubes and I'm not getting and current from the orange PT leads - and no tube glow - is this a pretty safe assumption that the PT might have taken a hit when drilling the extra holes in the chassis and gone south on me? Any tips on testing this assumption or am I right that no tube glow means the juice isn't there? And then I guess the next question might be where I could order a cheap replacemenet... doh.. Thanks!
  8. Hmm - seemed like the AC50's speaker broke up pretty late... I nearly did give the Lucky Lady away but had started another EVJr and decided to keep it around - have grown to like it a bit more but it's never been pushed much. So it sounds like greenback is not the answer for that Voxy tone curve - anybody know an affordable replacement speaker that's give me a tone similar to the Vox/Wharfedale???
  9. Hey - just kinda felt like geeking here... After playing through an AC50 on a backline that had Vox/Wharfedale speakers in it that I loved the curve on.. got me to wondering if the Luck Luck I replaced immediately with my celestion would be any closer to that - also wondering if it's a correct assumption it's the greenback style speaker that I'd be looking for as a replacement if the Lady Luck is no closer.. Thanks!
  10. Great, as always thanks Gil - can't wait to order those and get rolling on this!
  11. Howdy folks, Well I took Gils advice after my last post several months back to do a Baby Will. I kinda ordered a bit at a time and have all the parts together to start except for a few 2 month back orderded parts from mouser I'm really impatient to get and am looking for tips on where I can get these 1 watt 100k metal film resistors and a few others. Which sort of leads me to wanting a deeper understanding of some of these parts - like for instance can I just use a Carbon Film or Metal Oxide of the same value and how much it might effect the tone. I know I certainly felt like I could hear that little bit of Mojo when I put the Carbon comp in my EVJr's and so I don't want to mess with the intended tone too much inadvertantly. Any insight or tips on further online reading would be appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Hey Layboomo - I think that might have been the combination of which lights were on in the apt or something... as I mentioned the power can be funky in here but the amp seems to be fine after this last round... We'll see how it is tomorrow.... Happy New Years to ya'll while I'm at it - and thanks for all the good info I always get here!
  13. Posted over on sewatt and got R9 and R8 tweaked to 1K and 1.5K and have kept the girth and headroom of the amp but have that touch sensitivity I was after - and it sounds good with both the singles and humbers so I'm a happy camper - can't wait to turn it up tomorrow!
  14. Wow Gil - we've got some bad power at this old place we live in and had noticed right away that when I put the Mallory's in the little amp had a much quieter noise floor (almost silent) but I was missing a bit of the girth it had and threw the stock .022uf back in there.... and hello 60 cycle hum - maybe the new tranny will fill out the bottom and I can get that .01uf back in there...
  15. Great - that sounds like this is a good place to start... I've decided that what I'm going to do for now is get the Mallory's in there and then maybe sit tight on the rest till I can get the OT before doing further tweaking. That'll give me a chance to play with this one as it seems to sound so much better than the others did stock. Here's where ya'll could maybe help me before I get further into this though - what I like about this amp as it is right now is a kind of Petty/Campbell clean crunch on the edge of breaking with decent headroom with right up till about 12 o'clock - but what I'm missing is the smoother touch responsiveness of my marshall mod and then the break up as I get past 12 isn't as smooth. I'm wondering is this dif more because of the 1M in R1 and the R6/7 100K's changing the gain stages affecting that responsiveness, maybe the higher value C5 cap changing the character of the gain, or is it R8/9 that create that smoother break up.... Right now I'm inclined to think it's the C5 as that was the one thing in my Voxy Mod that I never got to and the break up on that amp while very fat and cool in it's own way was not as smooth as the Marshall mod.... but I don't know! : ) As always thanks for any and all input - it's fun to have the fever again!
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