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Snufkino wrote:

EDIT: Thought this was made in the UK. Nope. Reasonable price though...
No tubes, but still... tempted. Do you have one? How does it sound?

From Sweden I think. As yet I don't own one but I've kept an eye on the project since I first heard about it over a year ago. Since the Surfy Bear circuit board now comes ready made I have renewed interest. This is a huge boon for non U.S. surf bands who can't afford the real thing and don't have the confidence to work with high voltage.

Last edited: May 11, 2014 04:37:10

I am getting more and more intrigued by this piece of gear – especially if the most overpriced part can be bought cheaper. What does the Home Creepo call this shelf unit modified into a cabinet?

bjoish wrote:

Snufkino wrote:

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EDIT: Thought this was made in the UK. Nope. Reasonable price though...
No tubes, but still... tempted. Do you have one? How does it sound?

This prototype was built from pine shelfs from HomeDepot. The chassis is just a 2mm aluminium plate, bent to fit the cab. The front panel artwork is downloadable from the surfybear site. The cab and panel is a little smaller than the original 6G15.

I think the tone is very close to the original. Sound clips here.

Squink Out!

JObeast wrote:

I am getting more and more intrigued by this piece of gear – especially if the most overpriced part can be bought cheaper. What does the Home Creepo call this shelf unit modified into a cabinet?

Jo. I made my 6G15 box with wood shelving, bent spoon, nail file and rusty hacksaw blade - where there's a will there's a way! If aesthetics are secondary an 8 bottle champagne/wine box and some old fashioned square metal ducting for the chassis would be highly kickable!

Last edited: May 11, 2014 05:04:42

JObeast wrote:

I am getting more and more intrigued by this piece of gear – especially if the most overpriced part can be bought cheaper. What does the Home Creepo call this shelf unit modified into a cabinet?

Sorry, I meant just the shelf. I used some tools and jigs to do the finger joints. Yes, I am from Sweden and I didnt realize that Home Depot is a trademark. Here we have similar stores like Bauhaus and K-Rauta, they all have shelves and stuff. I like these pine shelves, they're cheap and nicer to work with than fiber boards (MDF).
Maybe you can find a 'shelf unit' with the right dimensions, that would be great!

surfybear.weebly.com

JObeast wrote:

I'm surprised no one has commented on this cost-effective FET reverb build. Sound samples give a pretty fair (on my iMac's Altec speakers) audition. By far the most expensive part will be the enclosure. Have to consider this option...

crumble wrote:

Surfy Bear HAS to be the best budget 6G15 clone out there - no contest..

And now you can buy the board ready made for $68.

It's a no brainer.. I'm sure even Jon Paul would give it the thumbs up!

FET Reverb

New PCB

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I sent SurfyBear a request for a PCB. This looks like an awesome project. I already have a MOD 4ab3c1b, this is just what I was looking for!

Please share insights into the build, esp. chassis & cab. In KY, there are lots of cabinetry shops, maybe you can get a line on one we can all hire.
enigmaticMrC wrote:

JObeast wrote:

I'm surprised no one has commented on this cost-effective FET reverb build. Sound samples give a pretty fair (on my iMac's Altec speakers) audition. By far the most expensive part will be the enclosure. Have to consider this option...

crumble wrote:

Surfy Bear HAS to be the best budget 6G15 clone out there - no contest..

And now you can buy the board ready made for $68.

It's a no brainer.. I'm sure even Jon Paul would give it the thumbs up!

FET Reverb

New PCB

image

I sent SurfyBear a request for a PCB. This looks like an awesome project. I already have a MOD 4ab3c1b, this is just what I was looking for!

Squink Out!

using SurfyBear kit and an old tool box.
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http://www.reverbnation.com/thegreasemonkeyz

F.Y.I. I have sent 3 requests to purchase the pcb kit and never get a response. I'm not sure just what I amy have done wrong, I used the "contact form" on the site...

give me 3-fingers of SURF

dirkkahuna wrote:

F.Y.I. I have sent 3 requests to purchase the pcb kit and never get a response. I'm not sure just what I amy have done wrong, I used the "contact form" on the site...

Sorry about that!
I cant see any traces of your messages Confused
I will send you my email address right away!

surfybear.weebly.com

Last edited: Jun 05, 2014 15:04:13

caddady wrote:

using SurfyBear kit and an old tool box.
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Wow !!!
that was a different build. Big Grin

surfybear.weebly.com

i totally dig the "tool box" build ...beautiful

I've been looking for an alternative cabinet for my Gomez circuit board, I like the toolbox! Maybe I'll do an old wooden wine box.

caddady wrote:

using SurfyBear kit and an old tool box.
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Very nice 'cab' Greg, and so befitting of a Grease Monkey. Looks so kickable. Have you gigged it yet?

Not gigged yet, rehearsal last night was the first time out. I realized it needs a bypass switch and an inboard power supply and and STP or Mooneyes sticker. Yep kickable, and in the spirit of the band.

http://www.reverbnation.com/thegreasemonkeyz

Best looking tank ever!
Inboard power supply would be cool, yes.
I am intrigued

http://www.facebook.com/CrazyAcesMusic
http://www.youtube.com/user/crazyacesrock
http://www.reverbnation.com/crazyacesmusic

The toolbox is the best solution I've yet seen! Fits perfect & just begs to be kicked all over the floor. Cool An authentic alternative to a proper Fender cab – a Fender Bender cab. I like your lettering – very garage. You just gotto put some tougher-looking knobs on it though – maybe knurled Chrome Tele knobs to match the handle & latch.
I'll keep an eye out on CL for one. I lost all my dad's tool boxes in my many moves. Cry

Squink Out!

Last edited: Jun 06, 2014 16:03:17

JObeast wrote:

just gotto put some tougher-looking knobs on it though …

Yeah, those knobs aren't going to survive for long. Just drill and file three rectangular slots and use the recessed pots from a Jaguar/Jazzmaster rhythm circuit. Then you could make adjustments with your foot.

I'll keep an eye out on CL for one.

Just go to your local Finknabad Thrift Store - they should have 'em!

Chrome, yea!

It adds more drip to the sound the more chrome you put on there.

Toolbox hunters hit the swap meets, flea markets, boot and garage sales. $5.00 US no more. Mine was retired from service at my appliance repair biz (clothes washers, etc...)and found under a work bench. It held gas line fittings in a previous life.

http://www.reverbnation.com/thegreasemonkeyz

caddady wrote:

Chrome, yea!

caddady, the only Chrome you need today is California Chrome Big Grin

Thumb wheel pots + bracket. No chrome - too gaudy.

The recessed thumb wheel idea is very good – less vulnerable to breakage in transport. And using your foot for adjustments, you can kick it every time you adjust.

I looked on CL & people are selling old toolboxes for $35, which is about $30 too much. But this is LA, where rent is 40% higher than the rest of the country.
THere is a good thrifts store in Pasadena that has tools. But I wouldn't be surprised if they wanted $20 for a decent toolbox.

cambeezy wrote:

JObeast wrote:

just gotto put some tougher-looking knobs on it though …

Yeah, those knobs aren't going to survive for long. Just drill and file three rectangular slots and use the recessed pots from a Jaguar/Jazzmaster rhythm circuit. Then you could make adjustments with your foot.

I'll keep an eye out on CL for one.

Just go to your local Finknabad Thrift Store - they should have 'em!

Squink Out!

Last edited: Jun 08, 2014 01:50:19

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