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VyseAmps has now been successfully running amp building courses for the last few years. The course is designed to teach you how to construct a point-to-point wired valve amplifier. The course content is continually reviewed to improve the running of the programme, the learning experience and the fun factor.

The course is generally 3 days, all project based and including tuition on relevant background in electronics, valve technology, circuit testing, safety etc. Course members choose which amp they want to make from a wide range on offer. The aim is to completely construct an amp under expert instruction. At the end of the course, the student will possess a customised, hand-built, point-to-point wired amp of high quality - all at a very reasonable price.

Barry Vyse, who is an electronics expert and has been building amps for many years, will be running the course. He generally works with just two pupils at a time, ensuring enough individual guidance can be given.

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The most important thing is to select a suitable project. There is a huge range of amplifier kits to choose from, with multiple options, so you really can design your perfect amp. However, take care not to be too ambitious. You must get the most out of the teaching time. Experience has shown that one needs to focus on learning the basics. Get the electronics right and at first build the core model from which your amp derives. Having mastered the ground skills you can then go on to add extras like reverb, effects loop etc if required. You should leave the course with a fully working amp, but for some projects you may have homework to add extra features. You will have learnt the skills to do this work and support is always on offer.

Your amp will be housed in a pine, dove-tailed cabinet. A carcass to accept your amplifier is provided on the course, and instruction is given on how to complete this. There is not usually time to finish the cabinet on the course. If you would rather purchase a fully made up cabinet we can provide this to your requirements.

The appropriate manual is sent out before the course and we recommend that beginners read Inside Tube Amps. Beginners can also be sent a practice kit to try some soldering etc before the course.

4 days can be arranged for advanced projects or to allow you to build your own cabinet. With the Twin Channel amps you will be expected to have prepared your board under remote supervision prior to the start of the course. The expectation is to have the amplifier working on both channels but additional stages like channel switching or installation of effects would be carried out in your own time.

The courses are run at our workshop in Pinner, North West London - Just call to arrange a convenient time.

The first step is to decide which amp to build. A hude range is on offer, check out the table below and then talk to Barry about project suitability. The course members buy their selected amp kit for a 10% discounted price (which additionally includes some partially prepared assemblies for help on the course). Lots of options are available on each amp eg. line-out, power soaks, different cabinet covering, change of speaker etc.

There is then a course fee which covers use of all tools and equipment and expert tuition. 3 days for £295, 4 days £390. The working day is around 9.00 - 19.00 with 1 hour for lunch.

Lunch and snacks are provided at £25 for 3 days. We can easily arrange dinner if required and then put you in touch with local B&Bs.

If for some reason the amp is not completed during the course, support will be given to ensure it is finished.

One day follow-up sessions are available covering maintenance, modifications or fault finding at £98. Call to arrange.

A deposit of £150 is required when you book, with the balance due at the start of the course.

Course Cost = kit cost + Tuition + Board

One Day Amp Servicing Course - Lean all about servicing and debugging your amp. A really fun and practical day, £155.

Distance Learning - for those of you who have experience in building amps but want to take on a more complicated project we can also offer a "distance-learning package". We can supply assistance via email / phone / photos and instructions. Why not call to discuss.

 

Torres Valve Amps - Kit Costs
Single Ended Class A Amp
Amp Major Components Amp Characteristics
discounted kit price £
Tiny Tone Tweed Single-ended, Class A,1W practice amp with 296mm chassis and black Tolex cab and 8 inch speaker Specially designed for full valve tone at low volume - clean tone with controlled compression
260
Tiny Tone Marshall Single-ended, Class A,1W practice amp with 296mm chassis and black Tolex cab and 8 inch speaker Specially designed for full valve tone at low volume - more Marshall-like compression
277
Tiny Boxer Single-ended, Class A, 5W amp with 296mm chassis and black Tolex cab and 8 inch speaker Classic Champ-like clean sound with valve rectifier
309
Boxer Single-ended, Class A, 5W amp with 296mm chassis 1x10 flat pack black Tolex cab & Jensen C10R speaker Classic Champ-like clean sound with valve rectifier
361
British Boxer Single-ended, Class A 5W. 2 x 12AX7 preamp valves,1 x EL84 output valve. 1 x 12” Celestion G12M Greenback. Dovetail jointed, solid-pine cab, hard wearing tolex and vintage grille cloth Marshall version of the Boxer. Straight-forward but great sounding amp from clean to real British crunch.
497
Big Boxer Single-ended, Class A, 6L6/10W amp with 296mm chassis 1x10 flat pack black Tolex cab & Jensen C10R speaker Classic Champ-like clean sound with valve rectifier
378

Boxer Plus model KT12

Single-ended, Class A, 5W amp with 388mm chassis 1x12 flat-pack black Tolex cab & Jensen C12R speaker Clean ringing tones with controlled compression, normal and high gain inputs with volume, gain, master and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
460
Boxer Plus model KT12R Single-ended, Class A, 5W amp with Reverb on 450mm chassis in 1x12 pine flat-pack black Tolex cab with Jensen C12R speaker Clean ringing tones with controlled compression, normal and high gain inputs with volume, gain, master, reverb and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
567
Boxer Plus model KT66 Single-ended, Class A, 15W amp on 388mm chassis with 1x12 flat-pack pine black Tolex cab & Jensen C12R speaker Clean ringing tones with controlled compression, normal and high gain inputs with volume, gain, master and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
455
Boxer Plus model KT66R Single-ended, Class A, 15W amp with Reverb on 450mm chassis in 1x12 flat-pack pine black Tolex cab & Jensen C12R speaker Clean ringing tones with controlled compression, normal and high gain inputs with volume, gain, master, reverb and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
567
Single Channel Amp
Amp Major Components Amp Characteristics
discounted kit price £
British Invasion, 20W 2xEL84, 20W, class A/B, push-pull, single channel amp on 388mm chassis with 1x12 flat-pack pine black Tolex cab & Jensen C12R speaker British Vox-like tone, normal and high gain inputs with volume, gain, dual master and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
560
British Invasion, 50W 2xEL34, 50W, class A/B, push-pull, single channel amp on 388mm chassis with 1x12 pine flat-pack black Tolex cab & Celestion Vintage 30 speaker British Vox-like tone, normal and high gain inputs with volume, gain, dual master and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
638
Royale, 20W 2x6V6, 20W, class A/B, push-pull, single channel amp with reverb, on 450mm chassis 1x12 pine flat-pack Vintage Tweed cab & Jensen C12R speaker Classic, clean Fender-like tone, normal and high gain inputs with volume, dual master, reverb and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
653
Royale, 50W 2x6L6, 50W, class A/B, push-pull, single channel amp with reverb, 450mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 Vintage Tweed cab & Celestion Vintage 30 speaker Classic, clean Fender-like tone, normal and high gain inputs with volume, dual master, reverb and full set of tone controls, valve rectifier
700
Texas Thunderbolt, 50W 2x6L6, 50W, class A/B, push-pull, single channel amp with reverb, 450mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 Vintage Tweed cab & Celestion Vintage 30 speaker Vintage Bassman-style amp - normal input is vintage Fender, gain channel heavily over-driven - effectively a non-switching twin channel amp. The amp features normal and high gain inputs, separate volume and gain controls, full set of tone controls, reverb, dual master and valve rectifier. Speaker is Celestion vintage 30.
715
Thunder Bass
120W
4x6L6, 120W Bass Amp. On 569mm chassis. Flat-pack pine black tolex head cab Flexible Bass Amp of Bassman type. Independant twin inputs, sep vol control. Full tone control, bright & midboost functions. Buffered effects & dual master
548
Tweed Deluxe 5E3 20W 2x6V6 20W . 1x12 ready built vintage tweed Fender style cab with top controls. Jensen C12R In all essential features this is a reproduction of classic Fender design
633
Bassman 5F6 Twin 50W Classic 2x6L6. Ready built vintage tweed Fender style cab with top controls. Twin 2x12 with Jensen C12Rs. In all essential features this is a reproduction of classic Fender Bassman 5F6A. It’s LOUD. Twin inputs normal and bright each with our volume . With Celestion G12 Vintage - this is an extremely light amp at only 16.8kg
687
Bassman 5F6 4x10 50W Classic 2x6L6. Ready built vintage tweed Fender style cab with top controls. 4x10 with 4 C10Rs In all essential features this is a reproduction of classic Fender Bassman 5F6A. It’s LOUD. Twin inputs normal and bright each with our volume
753
Twin Channel Amp
Amp Major Components Amp Characteristics
discounted kit price £
Texan Deluxe 20W 2x6V6, 20W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Fx, 569mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 Vintage Tweed cab & Celestion Jensen C12R speaker Classic pre-CBS type twin channel amp with 20W, 2x6V6 output section. Standard features include valve rectifier, foot-switchable channels, normal and higher gain inputs, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb. Also features parallel Efx loop with blender, Tweed cab with Jensen C12R speakers.
787
Texan Deluxe 50W 2x6L6, 50W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx, 569mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 Vintage Tweed cab and Celestion vintage 30 speaker Classic pre-CBS type twin channel amp with 50W, 2x6L6 output section. Standard features include valve rectifier, foot-switchable channels, normal and higher gain inputs, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb. Also features parallel Efx loop with blender, Tweed cab with Celestion vintage 30 speaker.
869
Texan Deluxe 40W 4x6V6, 50W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx 622mm chassis, flat-pack pine 2x12 Vintage Tweed cab & twin Jensen C12R speakers Classic pre-CBS type twin channel amp using 40W, 4x6V6 output section. Standard features include valve rectifier, foot-switchable channels, normal and higher gain inputs, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb. Also features parallel Efx loop with blender, 2x12 Tweed cab with twin Jensen C12R speakers. This is a most flexible amp; the power can be reduced to 20 Watts with removal ot two output valves and to 10 Watts with substitution of 6K6s for 6V6.
913
Bluerock 20W 2x6V6, 20W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, 569mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 Vintage Tweed cab & Jensen C12R speaker Classic twin channel amp using 20W, 2x6V6 output section. The amp features clean Fender-style normal channel and contrasting over-driven lead. Standard features include valve rectifier, foot-switchable channels, normal and higher gain inputs, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb. This particular amp is a special with 6x6V6 output valves cathode biased for the warm tones characteristic of class A. Also features parallel Efx loop with blender, Bright switch on clean, fat and presence on lead, 1x12 Tweed cab with Jensen C12R speaker.
787
Bluerock 50W 2x6L6, 50W, class hi-A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx, 569mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 Vintage Tweed cab & Celestion vintage 30 speaker Classic twin channel amp using 50W, 2x6L6 output section. The amp features clean Fender-style normal channel and contrasting over-driven lead. Standard features include valve rectifier, foot-switchable channels, normal and higher gain inputs, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb. The amp is cathode biased for the warm tones characteristic of in class A. Also features parallel Efx loop with blender, bright switch on clean, fat and presence on lead, Tweed cab with Celestion vintage 30 speaker
885
Bluerock 35W 4x6V6, 35W, class hi-A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx,622mm chassis, flat-pack pine 2x12 Vintage Tweed cab & twin Jensen C12R speakers Classic twin channel amp built using 35W, 4x6V6 output section. The amp features clean Fender-style normal channel and contrasting over-driven lead. Standard features include valve rectifier, foot-switchable channels, normal and higher gain inputs, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb. The amp features 4x6V6 output valves cathode biased for the warm tones characteristic of class A. Other features include parallel Efx loop with blender, bright switch on clean, fat and presence on lead. This is a most flexible amp; the power can be reduced to 20 Watts with removal ot two output valves and to 10 Watts with substitution of 6K6s for 6V6. 2x12 Tweed cab with twin Jensen C12R speakers.
913
Rock Hound 20W 2xEL84, 20W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx, 569mm chassis, flat-pack pine 1x12 black Tolex cab & Celestion Vintage 30 speaker Classic Twin channel amp with the British 'Marshall' tone using 20W, 2xEL84 output section. Standard features include valve rectifier, normal and higher gain inputs, foot-switchable channels, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb & parallel Efx loop with blender. The kit has 1x12 black Tolex cab with Celestion Vintage 30 speaker.
796
Rock Hound 50W 2xEL34, 50W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx, 569mm chassis, flat-pack pine 2x12 black Tolex cab & twin Celestion Vintage 30 speaker Classic Twin channel amp with the British 'Marshall' tone using 50W, 2xEL34 output section. Standard features include valve rectifier, normal and higher gain inputs, foot-switchable channels, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb & parallel Efx loop with blender. The kit has 1x12 black Tolex cab with Celestion Vintage 30 speaker.
895
Rock Hound 40W 4xEL84, 40W, class A/B, twin channel amp with reverb, Efx, 622mm chassis, flat-pack pine 2x12 black Tolex cab & twin Celestion Vintage 30 speakers Classic Twin channel amp with the British 'Marshall' tone using 40W, 4xEL84 output section. Standard features include valve rectifier, normal and higher gain inputs, foot-switchable channels, full tone controls on both channels, lead and dual master, reverb & parallel Efx loop with blender. The kit has 2x12 black Tolex cab with Celestion Vintage 30 speakers. This is a most flexible amp with option of removing two output valves for power reduction to 20W
931
VyseAmps Deluxe Reverb VyseAmps Deluxe Reverb, 2x6V6 and single Jensen Alnico Speaker VyseAmps version of the Classic Blackface amp, twin channel: normal and rev/trem. Each channel has twin inputs, Vol, Treb, Bass controls, second channel adds Reverb and Trem Intensity and Speed. Black tolex cab with single 1x12 or 1x10 Jensen alnico speaker
754
 

 






 


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