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Old 23rd November 2011, 06:07 AM   #1
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Thought I would share some pictures with you guys to get you inspired to build something this winter.

These amps were built by somebody who has been extremely helpful to me in my DIY misadventures.

They were built by a retired eBay seller named Lance Cochrane. His amps are very well regarded by those who have listened to them. His philosophy goes against the current for the most part, he built straight-up no B.S. amps. He learned to build from a practical standpoint rather then just mathematical, he let his ears decide what sounded good. His amps work good based on good sound electronic theory, rather then fancy exotic components.

If I had not stumbled upon him, I would not be in this hobby enjoying my DIY amp. I would have been dazed and confused by all the VooDoo that seems to surround HiFi and especially guitar amps. (Vintage caps anyone? WE silk wire? you know who you are.)

Anyhow his amps are no longer available, but if you want to read more about him click here: Master Builders: Lance Cochrane And Jim Nicholls Review By Dick Olsher

Time to break out the soldering irons boys and girls, get at it.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 06:10 AM   #2
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Try this again..
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Old 23rd November 2011, 06:11 AM   #3
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And some more..
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Old 23rd November 2011, 04:46 PM   #4
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The amps in the first pictures are the Flaming amp, Miss Scarlet, Rock of Gibralter, Earthquake, Blue boy and Amber room.

Here is a few more named Purple, Tangerine and the Black blunderbuss.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 04:53 PM   #5
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Nice!

The first one reminds me about Burning Amp festival in San Francisco. You should bring it the next year.
I use mirrors too, but put them between hot tubes and transformers. They reflect heat, and looks as if the amp has more tubes.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 04:59 PM   #6
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I will mention that to him and pass on your compliments. He (Lance) lives in the Los Osos area, maybe he would go. I myself live a little to far away to make the trip, although you never know.

Here's a few more of a smaller caliber, Diagonal SE, Flying saucer and the Flying sorcerer.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 05:11 PM   #7
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Professor Plum, Big amp, Autumn and Gold Thanksgiving.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 05:51 PM   #8
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A friend of mine has an amp that's also built on a saucepan. The large dome at the rear is the cover cap from a big oxygen tank. A piece of it was cut out and welded back on inverted. (from inside) It fits over the power transformer with just enough snugness to hold itself in place. The OPTs are underneath.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 06:03 PM   #9
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That's a pretty neat idea.
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Old 23rd November 2011, 07:04 PM   #10
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Apparently this guy is carrying on the Cochrane tradition. His amps look identical to the ones above.

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