Jekyll & Hyde: Twin Soldano SLO100

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! πŸ˜‰

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:

Jekyll Hyde
Capacitors Mallory Orange Drop
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! πŸ™‚

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:

Check it out!!! πŸ˜‰

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 πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ˜› Anyway, now the capacitors are strong linked with the board.

Seventh step: Signal Capacitors

April 23, 2008

I received the signal capacitors: Mallory 150 for Jekyll and Orange Drop 716 for Hyde. They are absolutely high quality capacitors. I soldered them as clean as possible.

You could see further picture on the Jekyll and Hyde galleries.

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! πŸ˜†

Per qualsiasi domanda, usa la mia pagina dedicata alle domande sullo SLO Clone.
For any question, use the page dedicated to the questions about the SLO Clone.

5 Comments

  1. ciao! complimenti per il lavoro, la pulizia nell’assemblaggio e i suoni dei sample! hai fatto davvero dei gran lavori!
    Mi piacerebbe possederne una..perΓ² sono un po’ distante (Como)
    eventualmente ne costruisci ancora?

    Luke

  2. hola, quisiera saber si vendes las plaquetas o un kit para armar el ampli. en ese caso decime el precio, muchas gracias , Gustavo . (desde Argentina)

  3. Sorry, I don’t speak Spanish. But I’m italian and if I understood well, you are looking for the PCB (main board + power board) or a kit. Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the kit. For the boards, I bought them from a well-know user of this forum: http://sloclone.yesterdaysrevolt.com/
    Signin and look for “smashguitars”. He has all the boards you’re looking for.
    Have fun with your build.
    Davide (Italy & UK)

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