May 15, 2019
Phoenix... All American Dual Lite
A while back I sold my 6V6Plexi amp to a Hoffman forum member. He then commisioned shooter, another forum member, to strip the guts from the 6V6Plexi chassis and install into a chassis for a Marshall combo cab. Then shooter sent me the empty chassis. I put the chassis on the bench and began thinking what to do with it. And how could I utilize the old Plexi layout to build something completely different. I considered building a Deluxe AB763 Lite but there would be lots of empty holes and my board layout would need a total redesign. Then it hit me. Just build another dual lite but this time use an all American theme. Ampeg would be a good match with the Fender circuit. That would fill up all the holes on the front plus fill all the tube sockets.
So the resurrection began. I say that because I don't view this project as building another amp. It's more like bringing an amp I previously built back to life. That's what my wife believes! I had also recently listened to Fogelberg's Phoenix album and that inspired the name for this project. The Phoenix was rising!
My next challenge was to design a board layout to accomodate both preamps and a Fender AB763 power amp. Wouldn't it be nice if the board was exactly the same size as the old Plexi board? It could just drop right in the same screw holes. It took a while but I got it! Now to start gathering parts. I had an old Fisher PT and one AO-43 OT that works well with 6V6s, but the PT was a little hot. I fumbled around with big resistors and a 100mA load to drop the B+ to 400V but was never quite satisfied with that approach. So I decided to drop the 6V6 idea, buy a bigger OT and run 6L6s. Still an AB763 power amp but now more like a Band Master or Pro. So I ordered the OT, a few caps, and board materials and was off and running... just in time for Mother's Day! Had to put the brakes on for a bit.
There really wasn't much chassis work to do. I cut a plate to mount the standup style PT. I had to drill a few holes in order to rotate the OT. Other than that it was just a matter of filling the old holes with new components.
Now to make the board...
And here's the schematic and layout... phoenix.pdf (385KB)