NAD - Portaflex Clone With Some Beef

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Frankiebass59, Nov 9, 2012.


  1. Frankiebass59

    Frankiebass59

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    Hi, just wnated to share with everyone. I commissioned an all tube amp from Cliff Smith Audio out here in Oz (Kansas) and I just picked it up yesterday. It's kind of a clone of a B-15 but with more watts, like either 50 or 100 of them. The thing sounds amazing. Even though I'm fortunate enough to own a DB750 and an EVOll 500 I've been jonesing for an all tube amp. This is it, wow. Dynamics, definitiion, tubey warmth and as much grind as I like. Does it sound exactly like a B-15? No, but Cliff used the building blocks of the preamp and original specs to design the "Super" version. I wish I could provide some clips but I don't have the means. I can tell you it makes every bass in the stable shine. Some pix:

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  2. Frankiebass59

    Frankiebass59

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  3. username1

    username1 Supporting Member

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    Wow, that is beautiful! Bet it sounds great.
  4. arai

    arai

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    Very nice
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  6. TussinBot.

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    Saw this, surprised it hasnt gotten more replies. Looks beautiful. If I had an extra mic I would send it to you to record some clips.
  7. paganjack

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  8. Slackerprince

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    Sweet.
    What cabinet are you using with it?

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  9. JimmyM

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    Looks really cool. TOOBZ!
  10. rodl2005

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    Looks great. Congrats.
    +1 what cab/s?
  11. christw

    christw Get low!

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    Cool! If only I had one of those with four 6550's... :D
  12. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass

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    Very nice!!! :bassist:
  13. Ender_rpm

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    Sweet. I really wonder why there are not more B15 pre- high power back end clones out there. I know Fargen makes them, and my EBS is pretty close, but it seems like they'd sell? Or are they one of those "Only guys who have gotten past X point in their experience curve" items?
  14. Frankiebass59

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    Thank you all for the kind words. YES it does sound great. I'm a lucky SOB.
    Cliff did an amazing job and his attention to detail borders on the insane, being a tech by trade I can tell you it was a privelidge having him accept the project. And my own insanity for having things done right was quenched!
    Right now I'm using it with a nearful 2x12 + 2x6. Killer, thinking of pairing it up with some sealed cabs. 2x15 maybe......

    And he will build it however you want.....
  15. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    Nice! I'm gonna have to come out and hear Saucy Jack so I can check out your sweet new amp!
  16. Frankiebass59

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    Thanks gjbassist! I only wish we used a backline! We're all FOH and in ears....:(
    However, I love for you to give me a shout and we can get together and talk bass (jeez, did I just say that!) But it would be cool to have you @ a gig. Just let me know if you plan to come by. frankiebass59@aol.com.
    Thanks.....
  17. Frankiebass59

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    Finally opened it up, here's what I found...
    Nice work by Cliff.

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