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post #46 of 6004
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Originally Posted by igotyofire View Post
todays the 7th.....shipped? (crosses fingers)
The bottlehead shipping page says they start shipping "around" tomorrow.

Im psyched too!
post #47 of 6004
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The bottlehead shipping page says they start shipping "around" tomorrow.
We had intended to start shipping Monday, but we discovered that tbe hookup wire we were sent was stranded and the kit uses solid core wire (which is much easier to work with). The solid wire is on its way, and we will begin shipping just as soon as it shows up.
post #48 of 6004
I am looking to buy one of these amps to build with my grandfather who recently started suffering from depression. He used to wire submarines in WWII so he has electrical experience. I figure this would be a good way to engage his mind and have some fun! I just need to save up for it first.
post #49 of 6004
Have any Head-fies ordered one of these? I would like to know some impressions once you get it built. I plan to use it with a DT880, hope they make for a good match.
post #50 of 6004
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Originally Posted by tdogzthmn View Post
Have any Head-fies ordered one of these? I would like to know some impressions once you get it built. I plan to use it with a DT880, hope they make for a good match.
I ordered one from the second run so it will be awhile before I receive it. I also got it to pair with the DT880, the 600 ohm version.

I think it's a great idea to build it with your grandfather. Would be a nice experience to share together.
post #51 of 6004
I got my shipping notice today. UPS alleges it'll be here Friday. Yay! Solder fumes!
post #52 of 6004
Ordered mine early on. Hope I'm in the 1st run.
Well see....
post #53 of 6004
Thread Starter 
Got mine!
I'm fooling with some cosmetics before I put it together but I should be able to give some early impressions by the weekend.
post #54 of 6004
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Got mine!
I'm fooling with some cosmetics before I put it together but I should be able to give some early impressions by the weekend.
Sweet, I'm excited to hear what you think. I wonder when the 'speedball' upgrade will be released?
post #55 of 6004
Ordered mine. During the wait I'm going to practice by carefully soldering the local invasive red squirrel population to the freshly-repaired eaves of my house.

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post #56 of 6004
Got mine today.
Glued the base together & primer the top plate.
Hmm...
Maybe I should post pictures as I go?
post #57 of 6004
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Originally Posted by Todd R View Post
Got mine today.
Glued the base together & primer the top plate.
Hmm...
Maybe I should post pictures as I go?
That would be cool!
post #58 of 6004
Mine arrived. The process of voiding the warranty begins: Different pot, different 'phone jack (locking Neutrik), and different coupling caps.
post #59 of 6004
Thread Starter 

By ironbut at 2010-04-24

By ironbut, shot with Canon PowerShot A590 IS at 2010-04-24

A couple of photos of my completed (dead stock) Bottlehead Crack OTL.
I polished the chassis plate and painted the transformer bell. I'm pondering some fancy-dancy stuff for the base so that could take a bit longer.

With just an initial listen, it's kinda shocking how good this thing sounds. Right now I'm using my AT AD2000's which aren't ideal impedance wise, but if you notice, the volume pot is at about 9 o'clock and it's plenty loud. I'll run it dead stock for at least a couple of weeks to get it's measure with several cans, but I couldn't be happier with this little amp.
What a freakin' bargain!

BTW, I screwed around with the cosmetics on Thursday, put it together on Friday, did the final tests this morning (there were a couple of typos in the manual,.. at least it seemed like it to me,.. so find out for sure before you start soldering) and now I'm burning it in.
post #60 of 6004
Great looking amp and I'm glad to learn that it sounds great as well. How'd you polish the top plate? And how'd you polish it so fast? Mine's primed and painted.
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