Allen Accomplice Head Kit has arrived!

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by BlacknBlue, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. BlacknBlue

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    I've been wanting to do an amp kit for years, for whatever reason I've just never done it. Recently I decided to sell some equipment I had that I wasn't currently using to fund the project. Last week I finally sold enough stuff to place the order.

    I debated quite a while on which brand/model to get. Since this was my first build I wanted something with step by step instructions which Allen has on several of his models. I also wanted something with a Fender sound but not just a clone of a particular model so again Allen amps seemed to be a good choice.

    I decided to go with the Accomplice model in a head as opposed to a combo. I already have two nice speaker cabinets to use, a 2x10 and a 2x12, and my back appreciates making two trips with a head a cabinet as opposed to a combo amp these days.

    I also chose 6L6 tubes since I currently have a set of vintage 6V6 tubes on the shelf, this amp can run with either so ordering with 6L6 power tubes will give me the option of running with either set that I choose. I did choose the larger output transformer, Dave says that this helps clean up the low end a bit, I play 7 string guitar from time to time so I thought this might be a good choice for me.

    The kit arrived today minus the cabinet which takes about 6 weeks. Also the power transformer is on backorder at the moment but I should get that in a few weeks. First picture is all of the parts minus the power transformer, then the progress I made in about an hour this evening. Progress will be slow as I don't always have much free time and I want to take my time and do this right with hopefully no or very few mistakes. Looking forward to firing it up for the first time.
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  2. BlacknBlue

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    A little more progress today.
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  3. StummerJoe

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    At least you picked something easy for a first build instead of a 5e3.;)

    Good luck, I hope it turns out well.:thumb:
     
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    Love those cupcakes.
     
  5. BlacknBlue

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    More progress, board populated except for one 470 Ohm resistor that seems to be missing.
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    And soldered up with wire leads, except the missing resistor and one lead.
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nice work! Is the amp design referencing a classic or is it it's own thing? The front panel implies something Fendery.

    Keep me away from hand tools. It's best that way.
     
  7. BlacknBlue

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    The circuit is based of a Deluxe Reverb with some changes, it has a midrange control, a bright switch, also David's Raw control which I have yet to experience. I also went with 6L6 power tubes and a larger output transformer that gives a cleaner bottom end. I can still run the amp on 6V6 tubes as well if I choose.

    Here is more info,

    http://www.allenamps.com/accomplice.html
     
  8. stratocarlster

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    Nice! I'm thinking of doing something kinda similar... got a Pro Junior III with 'surging' issues, and thinking I might try to convert it to PTP rather than spending money trying to fix it. I've done lots of soldering work on guitars and figure it can't be too different right?

    Will be following your build with interest.
     
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    You just have to like those naked amps.
    Great job so far.

    All the best,
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  10. BlacknBlue

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    Thanks :)
     
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    Board installed, reverb jacks and speaker jacks wired, some of the connections to the tube sockets are wired.

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    You are faster than Leo was in his good days.
    All the best,
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  13. BlacknBlue

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    Well I don't know about that but thanks anyway:)

    Some more progress this evening, may not look like a whole lot but as more components go in it gets more time consuming to do each step as you have less and less room to work. I'm pretty much to the point now where I won't be able to do any more until the power transformer arrives, hopefully soon, estimate was 2-4 weeks 11 days ago.
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    Wow. It looks like you are doing great. Good luck with it.
     
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    Well still waiting on the power transformer but the pilot light arrived today which was the other part I was waiting for. I've now done everything I can do except mount the power transformer and solder up it's connections.
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    I heard great things about this amp... looking forward to hearing yours!