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The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Carvin sx amp build
December 28, 2023, 08:39:37 AM
Quote from: phatt on December 28, 2023, 07:09:46 AMI don't wish to dampen your enthusiasm but but you may eventually be defeated.
There is just so many nightmares waiting for you.

My advice would be to go buy a bread board and parts needed to run a 30 volt split rail supply and start experimenting.

You will spend many months getting the preamp to work.

Then you will have to learn how to use a cad program to make the preamp PCB, another few months will go by.
at that point your best bet is to purchase a poweramp kit.

Meantime you will then need to consider a case to mount it all.
Oh did I mention that layout of PCB can be a nightmare if you don't understand that sensitive sections will pick up hum from bad design as well you will need to learn how to NOT create ground loops a common issue when designing sensitive audio circuits.

AND heaps of other gotcha's that better minds on this forum will tell you about.

If it interests you,
My rig consists of a pedal board, most of which is my own designs and my main amp is nothing more than an old SS Keyboard amp.
I just posted an mp3 composition I wrote on here last week.
It will give you some idea of what can be achieved with average gear.;topicseen#new.
But keep in mind I've been doing this for over 30 years so I have learned a lot about how to get things to work together to get the Sound/Feel/dynamics to come together.

40 odd years back I was in your situation faced with a similar dilemma so I have a fairly good idea of what is ahead for you,,So I wish you luck.
Be aware DIY is rather addictive. ;)

Thanks for the advice! I've started building my own guitars years ago because it's less expensive than a custom shop and wanted to carry that spirit over to amp building, without the expense and replacement of tubes.  Lots of great solid states now... I'll try to make a pedal first, I'll let you know how it goes.  This site is a great resource! Thanks guys!
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Carvin sx amp build
December 27, 2023, 07:45:31 PM
Quote from: phatt on December 27, 2023, 06:53:24 AM
Quote from: Tassieviking on December 09, 2023, 11:48:16 AMThe SX300 preamp on page 25 in the manual has a very similar input circuit as the SX50, the SX3000 uses 2N5457 fet's so I think we can say that Q21, Q22 are 2N5457 FET's

This might make a nice pedal from the overdrive channel, 2 FET's and 4 dual OP amps is all, 5 pots and 1 switch as well

That would be the best advice for something that would otherwise exceed the cost of trying to build a whole amp from scratch 8)  8)  8)

How much more involved would it be to build a small amp rather than the pedal?  I've never built an amp from the ground up.
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Carvin sx amp build
December 08, 2023, 07:32:43 AM
Quote from: Tassieviking on December 05, 2023, 06:57:33 AMDo you have a SX-50 still ?
I am wondering as we will have to identify some transistors (FET's) as they don't seem to be marked on the schematic.
Q21 and Q22 are most likely JFET's in a TO-92 casing so we need to identify them.
The LED's D1, D3 and D5 are most likely red, but best to make sure, they should be on the PCB as well.

Yes I still have it, play through it daily.  What sources are available to buy PCB boards?
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Carvin sx amp build
December 04, 2023, 02:39:57 PM
Quote from: g1 on December 04, 2023, 12:32:28 PM
Quote from: Tassieviking on December 03, 2023, 10:17:37 PM
Excellent.  From the SX package on that page, the SX50 is pg.14 and 15 of the pdf.

Quote from: smsuryan on December 03, 2023, 08:50:50 PMnot sure how to distinguish where the "blues button" is located and omit the clean channel. 
The blues button puts back the 500Hz that is notched out for metal and hard rock tones.  It is only on ch.1.
It is shown as S1A and S1B around IC's A3A and A8A.
Around Vol.3 pot (which should be labelled Vol.2?) you can see the 500HZ notch circuit with no defeat switch.

Wow! Thanks for your help! I'll check that out!
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Carvin sx amp build
December 04, 2023, 10:08:04 AM
Quote from: Tassieviking on December 03, 2023, 10:17:37 PMI was looking at the schematics as well and we really need to know what model we are talking about, there are differences between the different size amps.
We might also need help identifying some of the components as they might not be marked the schematic.
I was pleasantly surprised when I found  the schematics on Carvins website.

It's the sx50 model..the smallest one.  Might not be much different than the 100 model?
The Newcomer's Forum / Re: Carvin sx amp build
December 03, 2023, 08:50:50 PM
Quote from: phatt on December 03, 2023, 05:31:48 PMCan I suggest you mention the model and maybe a link to Schematic might help.
If you have the Amp open, take some gut shot pics of the internals would be helpful.
Phil. ;)

It's a lot to sift through, not sure how to distinguish where the "blues button" is located and omit the clean channel.  It's been awhile since I've read one of these.  Haven't opened up the amp yet. 
The Newcomer's Forum / Carvin sx amp build
December 02, 2023, 09:46:59 PM
 I've owned 2 solid-state carvin sx amps, the overdrive sounds great turned to 7 or 8 with the blues switch turned on.  The clean channel I don't really use too much. I would like to make a similar amp with one channel and lessen the overdrive to that "sweet spot". I used to have a job soldering circuit boards for a living years earlier. I think it would be a fun and challenging project.  I'm sure there's a lot to learn, I've looked at the several schematics for that amp and it's just pages and pages so I'm not sure which one (or more) to reference.  I don't want to launch the space shuttle, just make a decent one channel amp (head), and a solid state is even more satisfying since most amps are tube.  Any advice, references, etc.  I'd appreciate.  I'm not in a giant hurry or anything.  I'd like to do this slowly, carefully, and accurately. 
Thanks for all the great advice!!
The Newcomer's Forum / hello everyone im the new guy!
October 17, 2010, 04:00:55 PM
So i have dave hunter's book about building tube still studying all of this stuff and trying to digest how to make an amp...ive made guitars before and saved a lot of money doing it myself and now id like to make the jump to amps...also i just ordered a vox pathfinder 15r which im stoked about getting soon!  a few questions:
are solid states less expensive to make compared to tube amps? dont need tubes obviously and i dont know about the pt and the ot, if theyre are in solid states...
where do i start studying how to make ss amps?  books?  this site of course...
i used to work for a living assembling and soldering curcuit boards so i know some basics about grounding and soldering and a little schematics...
also look at this came from my central air unit, had to get it replaced...anything useable on it?  or should i just 86 the thing?  thanks...thats all the questions i can think of now...