Originally Posted by spritzer
I have a shelf full of amps that make no sense to anybody but me, improved RSA A-10, fixed WES, too many Egmont type amps to even count and the list goes on. All of them are terrible designs but I always improve on the clusterf*** that the original manufacturers left us with. That's why I'd follow JCX's advice and fix the amp and make it better than any of the RSA units ever were. Either that or build a normal gain clone which is cheaper and will sound better.
And it's in this same spirit that some of us want to build, listen, learn, then modify. It's not that we question your knowledge or imply that you're wrong, it's that we want to take the journey ourselves, not just hear about it from others. Everyone one of those amps was a step in your journey and I'm sure you learned something from each. Why do you discourage people from doing the same thing? I don't get it.
As for following JCX's advice, it's what YOU would do. Great, but that doesn't mean that's the only thing to do! I for one might follow his advice after I've built what I want to, listened to it, then modify it so I can hear for myself what can be done. I have other reasons for wanting to build this particular amp, they are mine. Is that so wrong?
There a better, cheaper, more expensive, bigger, smaller, simpler, more complex amps to build. I will eventually build some of them, but for now in addition to a few other projects I'm working on, I want to build the Monolith. I'm sure I will be better for it when I'm done, and I'm having fun while I do it.
Maybe it will end up on my shelf, is that so bad?