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Which Kit to pick?

12/19/2004 9:52 AM
Which Kit to pick?
Ive been looking into building myself a 5e3. I need a good pratice amp, my orange solid state is to quiet and my 4X12 is way too big. The Tweed Deluxe seemes perfect, now I just have to decide which kit to buy. They all seem to have their ups and downs. Ive picked out three that look pretty good:  
1: Weber VST Kit  
Pros: Best price out of all of the kits: 450$  
Cons: alot of drilling is required, and drilling just doesent work out with me.  
2: Mission Amps Kit  
Pros: Parts quality seems to be the best out of all of the kits.  
Cons: It adds up to alot with cab and speaker:  
3: Tubegarden Kit  
Pros: falls in the middle between the weber and mission amp kits: 530$  
Cons: I would need to laquer the cabinet myself, which is no big deal
12/19/2004 11:54 AM
Why not a Clark?
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12/19/2004 6:30 PM
Cathode Follower Re: Why not a Clark?
"Why not a Clark?"  
I think he said he was looking to buy a KIT. As far as I know, Clark doesn't sell his amps in kit form.  
1/21/2005 8:52 PM
I bought three kits from Mike Clark- 5F1, 5E3 and 5F6a. He is the most expensive guy around, but the parts he uses cost mucho $$$$$, and he needs time to get your kit ready (cabinet, etc...). Whether it's worth it or not depends on what's important to you. I love all three of my amps and am glad I did what I did. My all 'round fave is the 5E3 with the Tone Tubby H1E-DD.  
1/22/2005 11:27 AM
Bruce /Mission Amps

I've retubed and repaired a few Clark products and they are also excellent amps built with high quality parts.  
12/19/2004 12:12 PM
David P.
Re: Which Kit to pick? FWIW...
If this is your first build then I STRONGLY recommend Bruce's Mission kit. Everything is quality material, things all line up, and he gives unlimited tech support. The latter is worth the difference!!
12/19/2004 1:25 PM

Ive built and modded a few amps before, and i pretty confidnet with this one. Im leaning towards either Mission or Tubegarden.
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