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Custom Chassis and Faceplates

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I got in a shipment of my updated chassis design. 2mm thick aluminum. These are set with the PCB mounting holes predrilled. I ordered test faceplates from another company today, and if those work out, I should be able to finally put a (likely partial) kit together for anybody interested.

Here's some photos of the chassis:
_JMP2707.jpg
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_JMP2714.jpg
One of those was the roughest looking one of the bunch, so the rest look even better.

Side note: I designed the chassis for an extra fuse holder, and two pilot light options.

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Keep us updated on the PCB boards you have made Josh,will you be doing any superlite el34’s?
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geoff 1965 wrote:
Fri 07/30/21 10:55 pm
Keep us updated on the PCB boards you have made Josh,will you be doing any superlite el34’s?
Yes, eventually. I'd like to sell a few more of the boards I have before I invest in more circuits. The initial orders are not an insignificant investment.

The Superlite TMB boards will support EL34 or EL84 with only a few component changes. Same as the TremTMB boards.

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THAT would save some time!!

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JMPGuitars wrote:
Sat 07/31/21 8:04 am
geoff 1965 wrote:
Fri 07/30/21 10:55 pm
Keep us updated on the PCB boards you have made Josh,will you be doing any superlite el34’s?
Yes, eventually. I'd like to sell a few more of the boards I have before I invest in more circuits. The initial orders are not an insignificant investment.

The Superlite TMB boards will support EL34 or EL84 with only a few component changes. Same as the TremTMB boards.

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Transformers mounted:
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Great looking chassis!
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lavrgs wrote:
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Great looking chassis!
Glad you like it! I'll have your other stuff out this morning. I can't wait to see/hear your new amp!

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Transformers mounted:

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Another 18W Tremolo TMB Reverb? Adding an EZ81 this time?
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Another 18W Tremolo TMB Reverb? Adding an EZ81 this time?
Yes / wasn't planning to. I designed the chassis to be universal for all of my designs.

lavrgs is also building a Tremolo TMB Reverb PCB build.
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JMPGuitars wrote:
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Bieworm wrote:
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Another 18W Tremolo TMB Reverb? Adding an EZ81 this time?
Yes / wasn't planning to. I designed the chassis to be universal for all of my designs.

lavrgs is also building a Tremolo TMB Reverb PCB build.
That's good news! He'll be very happy, just like all of us who have one (or 3) 😄
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I'm planning on building the TMB Reverb in a head cab...now I'm thinking I haven't placed the tank in my design. What is the best place to put it - now there is only space above...I will go model the tank, perhaps I'll make the head taller and put it inside on the front.
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Some time ago I built a stand alone reverb based on the 1963 Fender VTR63. I use it pretty much constantly. The only issue in the build was where to place the tank. I made the mistake of buying a lay flat bottom mount one before planning the cab layout. If I did it again I would plan the cab to have the amp on the bottom and the tank vertical on the back or on the underside of the top. You need some physical separation to minimise heat affecting the tank chassis and causing noises. It helps with reducing noise transfer as well. So probably I would opt for vertical on the backboard which makes access easier and reduces cab height.

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This is how I mount reverb tanks in my heads:
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The most important part regarding noise is to keep the Out jack on the tank as far as you can from the OT.

My tank is recessed behind the tubes, so there's no direct heat source under it.

I also generally use 1 foot cables (3 foot pictured because I ran out). The amp pictured is my personal amp, which is significantly higher gain than the TremTMB, and there's no issues.

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Daviedawg wrote:
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Some time ago I built a stand alone reverb based on the 1963 Fender VTR63. I use it pretty much constantly. The only issue in the build was where to place the tank.
This is probably one of the few areas where I would be tempted to make an exception to my standing rule of not mixing semiconductors into tube audio circuits. A plus/minus power supply and the right opamps or MOSFETS could produce a unit with enough headroom to never overload and to be very transparent. If it's done right, the character of the amp should pass right through.

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