en VHT standard 12 – a fat tweed deluxe 5e3 clone

Updated on March 15, 2020 | 869 Views all
7 on January 17, 2020

it’s getting better with some NOS caps and tubes. 50’s Jensen does something of course. VHT standard 12 is a bit bigger than the original tweed deluxe. and I like this cabinet as well. I might try P15N at some point

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0 on January 17, 2020

came with P12Q very quickly. bigger cab seems to need more speaker power.

I think I love every single trip with P12R, P12Q, and P12N

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0 on January 30, 2020

back and forth between P12R and P12Q then came back to P12R again. this cabinet is still new and needs more time than anything

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0 on February 11, 2020

update with Jensen P12N and Astron cap sleeves 

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0 on February 23, 2020

this VHT standard 12 didn’t come with a insulation between the circuit board and the aluminum chassis. I made the same mistake with my 18 watt clone 15 years ago. I believe this kind of hand wiring should have the insulation for more than one reason.

I put a USPS box piece under the circuit board while replacing the wires. frankly, the soldering from the factory was a disaster. 

Removed all the tricks from VHT. I like this mods from them. but decided to try the original circuit with this big and heay cabinet. and the sounding turned out very nice and more close to my ’55 5D3 deluxe.

still love P12R and P12N both. they are different but both are like the original voicing of the tweed era.

 

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0 on March 4, 2020

this pair of Chicago caps are beautiful on the circuit. and I hear they sound like Blue Ajax than Astron Blue Point (yellow mustard). hope to find more Chicago caps for my projects and even for the original tweed amps

 

and I love 3D bell sound with this 50’s output transformer. it was a luck to have this OT. this looks identical to my 5D3’s transformer. less sharp and more warm than the stock OT.   VHT’s stock OT is still sounds great but I’m going to stick with this one.

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0 on March 15, 2020

replaced the heater wires and came back to 12ay7 on V1

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0 on March 15, 2020

added a video on youtube

GE 6087 (indirectly heated 5y3)

Bendix 6v6gta

Amperex 12ax7 and GE five star 6072 (12ay7)

’59 P12R

mid 50’s OT

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