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'need ideas for a 5150 type of sound'
Author:Ericfx1984 (registered user: 65 posts )
Date: Mon, Mar 20th, 2017 @ 19:31 ( . )

A local band recently played and purchased an amp I built and loved it. I was not trying to sell it... but when someone throws cash in your face it's hard to say no...

That being said they want me to build something with the 5150 sound but more options on tone and 35-60 watts... budget is $400

Is it possible to do this? and still turn a reasonable profit?

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'need ideas for a 5150 type of sound'
Author:Paul Fawcett (registered user: 3303 posts )
Date: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017 @ 03:18 ( . )

On 03/20/2017 @ 19:31, Ericfx1984 wrote :
: That being said they want me to build something with the 5150 sound but more options on tone and 35-60 watts... budget is $400
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: Is it possible to do this? and still turn a reasonable profit?


..and I'd like a pony for Christmas..

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'need ideas for a 5150 type of sound'
Author:JKCavitt (registered user: 681 posts )
Date: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017 @ 05:09 ( . )

I've never been able to build a tube amp, SE or PP for less than $600. That's just the cost of components, no labor.

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'need ideas for a 5150 type of sound'
Author:CChurchill (registered user: 163 posts )
Date: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017 @ 22:09 ( . )

On 03/21/2017 @ 03:18, Paul Fawcett wrote :
On 03/20/2017 @ 19:31, Ericfx1984 wrote :
: : That being said they want me to build something with the 5150 sound but more options on tone and 35-60 watts... budget is $400
: :
: : Is it possible to do this? and still turn a reasonable profit?
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: ..and I'd like a pony for Christmas..
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Ha!


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'need ideas for a 5150 type of sound'
Author:Zozobra (registered user: 247 posts )
Date: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017 @ 06:48 ( . )

Honestly the only way you're going to hit budget is if you look for an amp to gut or mod and there won't be much left over for beer. Jet City amps make good modding platforms (thick boards, thruhole pcbs) and some folks have made a name for themselves from rebuilding them. Hovercraft amps spring to mind but the guy went a bit crazy and blew his rep. This all said, if you're starting with a Jet City and you want a 5150-esque circuit there isn't much modding need doing to get it there as they're based on Soldano designs so maybe you can find one cheap and make a small bit of coin. They do sometimes get blown out for cheap and hold little resale so used isn't a bad option either.

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'need ideas for a 5150 type of sound'
Author:Stephen Keller (registered user: 6270 posts )
Date: Tue, Mar 21st, 2017 @ 12:34 ( . )

On 03/20/2017 @ 19:31, Ericfx1984 wrote :
A local band recently played and purchased an amp I built and loved it. I was not trying to sell it... but when someone throws cash in your face it's hard to say no...
:
: That being said they want me to build something with the 5150 sound but more options on tone and 35-60 watts... budget is $400
:
: Is it possible to do this? and still turn a reasonable profit?
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Unless you are planning on building a 1000 of them, I suggest your materials budget should be at least $700 (for a head). Add in labor in the 25-40 hour window. I think if I had a complete plan and all the materials in front of me: a pile of parts, blank tag board, blank chassis, lumber and vinyl (for the cabinet). I might just be able to knock one out in about three full days, but I doubt I'd enjoy doing it. If the circuit requires design or prototyping (which you've suggested it might), then double the time and add in extra materials costs. Figure on about $1500 for the build cost including labor. Anything above that would be your (reasonable or otherwise) profit.

Stph

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