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MGH 16th November 2012 03:57 AM

Any skilled custom tube amplifier builders out there?
Hi, I'm a novice at building tube amps. I was wondering if there are any highly skilled custom tube amp builder, who is willing to build me a custom tube amp, if I provide the schematics and parts. It is very important the builder does excellent chassis and wiring work. For example, someone pointed out this builder in Japan: Well Come My WebSite Audio Collections
The problem is this guy is in Japan and I'm not sure if he would accept my business, being located in Texas. And shipping would be a nightmare.

Anyone direct me to someone close to me? At least in the US?


planet10 16th November 2012 04:28 AM

Massachussetts must be close to Boston.... see if KevinKR is interested or could direct you.


dgta 16th November 2012 05:39 AM


Originally Posted by MGH (
And shipping would be a nightmare.

At the level of money involved in a project like that, I think shipping would be rather negligible by comparison, even from Japan :)

TonyTecson 16th November 2012 07:10 AM

Pette Milete is in Texas.....Pete Millett's DIY Audio pages

SY 16th November 2012 09:02 AM

Pete wouldn't have the time. Our mutual buddy Ray Koonce would, though. Here's his website: index

He's in Tyler, TX.

mekr 16th November 2012 03:47 PM

Any other amplifier builder

jtwrace 16th November 2012 03:48 PM

No experience with him and his prices are crazy but you asked.

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Wavebourn 16th November 2012 04:43 PM


Originally Posted by dgta (
At the level of money involved in a project like that, I think shipping would be rather negligible by comparison, even from Japan :)

Exactly. You need the same drawings and other documentation to order parts and units to assemble the single unit, like you need for production run. And you need to get the same certificates. But you can't divide this costs among units of the party of the production.
And be prepared that the process involves more thinking than actual building. It takes time, but can't be measured. And you can't accelerate this process pushing on the designer.

I would recommend to go through the Gallery topic on the forum and see for yourself what you like more, then contact that person who posted the picture.

kevinkr 16th November 2012 04:45 PM

Might consider talking to Twin Audio, they have a forum here, and I've purchased decent OPTs from them for very reasonable money. They also build custom amps.

dgta 16th November 2012 05:18 PM

MGH, I don't think you thought this out fully.

If you provide the schematic and parts (essentially a partial kit that wasn't fully designed), what happens when he builds it and it performs poorly? Do you have drawings showing the physical look, materials, dimensions, etc? If not, what happens when you don't like the way it looks when finished?

A better idea would be to post what kind of amp you're looking for and how much you want to spend. Chances are somebody will recommend something already available in finished form, that meets your needs.

If on the other hand you have unlimited funds, as your "highly skilled custom builder" implies, you should look for someone to design and build exactly what you want and let them procure the parts.

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