well I'm still researching and deciding. Lots of great options but I've come across a pretty cool pedal the Blackstar HT-Drive.
Which had me thinking because I auditioned it through a Fender Deluxe (vintage blackface, not reissue).
I really messed with that amp with and without that pedal and I think it was the perfect sound I was after.
It had a Weber speaker in it 12F150 50 watt version with light dope.
I have to say I think I might build a Deluxe style amp now.
My thoughts are to do the dark green tolex and a salt and pepper grill cloth. Do the blackface style control panel and instead of the typical silver and black dome knobs I would use the cream/aged white knobs (like those on the vibrolux
, vibro king, and tone master).
Because honestly that Blackstar pedal will definitely get me any of the british flavored drive and chunk I could ever contemplate wanting from that type of amp.
But there is just something in that Fender Deluxe clean and slightly overdriven (natural without the pedal) sound that I just can't seem to find with the Marshall style circuit I was looking at. It seems like this combo of amp type and pedal could give me the widest range of tones possible that I could want.
Plus it'd give me the option of having both the TMB circuit and the Vibrato circuit instead of trying to decide between the two, which was a tough decision for me since both are cool and both are different tones.
I think before I try to tackle this project I'll still either just decide to have someone build it for me or go to that amp building school in Chicago and build a Champ kit or something like that. Or if a local tech allowed maybe build an easy kit like a Champ or the like under their supervision so I can get a feel for what I'm doing before I tackle a slightly more complex amp. Since I have minimal experience doing this type of stuff. The plus about me really learning to build tube amps is seeming to spark my interest as future amps could be DIY projects and done much cheaper than wading through dozens of amps by popular brands at the megastores paying an arm and a leg in comparison to buying a kit or parts. Another advantage is I'd know how to optimize and repair myself so I wouldn't really have to worry about taking my amp to a tech for service and having big repair bills or long wait times.
So yeah I'd probably get that same 121F50 Weber speaker unless I can get my hands on a Deluxe and a dealer that sells the Patriot series Emi speakers cuz a texas heat or swamp thang might also be a good match for that Deluxe style amp. As for tubes I'd likely go with JJ's from Eurotubes as the cheap option or get stuff from BOWIE on here that would be a bit better.
As for other specific parts like trannies and such I'm still not sure. Any help people can give would be much appreciated.