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building your own bass amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nasaldischarges, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. nasaldischarges


    Jun 11, 2005
    I was just thinkin how cool it would be to have a homemade amp. But is this practical at all? Would it harder to make a tube amp than a solid-state, or vice versa? How could you calculate the wattage ahead of time? Would it cost so much to do it yourself that it wouldn't be worth it?

    If anyone has answers...please help me. I have moderate skill in wiring and building, if that may come up as an issue
  2. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    I built my last amp probably 15 years ago. Since then the cost of parts have far exceeded the cost of buying a new amp, at least as far as SS is concerned. With tubes building your own is still cheaper than buying, but the cost of buiding tube amps is at least double that of SS so it's still not the way to go if you want to spend as little as possible.