I’m starting this new project, two new Soldano SLO100, with some differences (because building 2 identically items is not fun enough). I’ll call them Jekyll and Hyde: the first one will be a very Marshall style amplifier; the second, instead, will be a great high gain amplifier, with very strong basses. To achieve this target, I’ll change slightly Soldano specs. I’ll explain later better what kind of differences I’m thinking! 😉
During all the phases of this project, I’ll update this page, in order to maintain a diary.
I also created 2 galleries, with pictures of these amplifiers:
First step: boards
March 11, 2008
I got these boards from Smashguitars, one of the most important user of the SLOclone forum. These boards are absolutely amazing: they are clear and professional. And the price is absolutely honest!
Second step: differences
March 13, 2008
This table is a summary of the differences that I will install on Jekyll & Hyde:
|Output Tubes||JJ E34L||6550 or KT88/66 JJ E34L|
|Special Mods||Haynes Mod||More Gain Mod|
Third step: Hyde’s first components
March 17, 2008
These are the first resistors of the Hyde’s board. They are resistor that I got for my first SLO one year ago. The board is absolutely amazing and every pad is perfect even with a cheap solder.
Fourth step: Chassis
March 17, 2008
These are the chassis of Jekyll and Hyde. I bought them from Brownsound: Stef is a great person, very helpful.
Thanks for your amazing works on these SLO’s chassis! 🙂
Fourth step: Trannies
March 30, 2008
I received the transformers few days ago. They were provided by inMADout, a great italian transformer maker. We work together, using specs that I got from internet. They are absolutely amazing and they will play surely great.In fact inMADout decided to produce those trannies regularly:
- Output transformer: Tech Sheet;
- Power transformer: Tech Sheet;
- Soldano SLO 100 Transformers Kit: Tech Sheet.
Check it out!!! 😉
Fifth step: Resistors
April 4, 2008
I bought the missing resistors from RS components (Italian web site, but it is also available an international version). They arrived in 1 day. Great! They are slightly different from the ones I got last year (for my first slo), but produced by the same company. I also bought some UF5408 diodes and a set of wonderful 1k/6W resistors (I’ll show you in the future).
Sixth step: Filter Capacitors and glue 😉
April 12, 2008
I bought these capacitors from a good italian site: www.tubes.it
Their site is awful, but their service is amazing. I bought TREC capacitors for 220uF and 10uF places. I shoot them in some pictures.
To keep these capacitors safely in place, I used a glue gun to push under the capacitors hot glue. The result is excellent for functionality, but not so clean. 😛 Anyway, now the capacitors are strong linked with the board.
Seventh step: Signal Capacitors
April 23, 2008
Eighth step: Drilling the chassis
May 25, 2008
This is a very busy period. Anyway, I found the time to drill the chassis to host the transformers. I decided to put the choke inside the chassis (Soldano’s way!). This is the result of my work.
Nineth step: Assembling (Hyde)
May 31, 2008
After 5 days of hard work (the evening, after the “real” job), I’ve complete the first SLO: Hyde! Those are 2 pictures of the result: one inside, one outside. For further pictures, check the Hyde’s gallery.
Last step: Assembling (Hyde)
June 7, 2008
I’ve also completed my third SLO, after the Rocker-SLO and Hyde-SLO. This is the result. For further pictures, check the Jekyll’s gallery.
Those are 2 “family” picture! 😆