"Ultra" chubby Pilot

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"Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby fiftyfivefilms » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:07 am

Finished my build! Yeah!...thanks to everyone.
This build started as a "Pilot" amplifier cage gotten from that famous auction place, with the help from a friend I bent up a new chassis to fit, punched it then had it electro coated in a dull nickel. I used Trancendar Output transformers and a 5H Trancendar choke, initially I was going to use an Antek Toroidal transformer but ran into trouble ( see my previous tribulations in preceding threads) but ended up using the Dynaco.. I tubed it up with a pair of NIB, NOS Tungsol 6550's and a Tungsol 6SU7GTY. It sounds great! I'll post some inside shots as soon as I can stop listening. Thanks Shannon and Tom!
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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby fiftyfivefilms » Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:11 am

A shot with out the cage, the layout is a little askew due to the transformer issues, but if and when Antek begins stocking the appropriate Transformer I could switch out the Dynaco...or I've still got room on top for an additional 5H Trancendar choke.
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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby Shannon Parks » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:33 am

Nice and clean, with old school looks. Thanks for the pics!

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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby 20to20 » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:24 am

then had it electro coated in a dull nickel


Looks great, nice finish. Was it electro plated or powder coated paint? What was the story on that process?

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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby fiftyfivefilms » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:50 am

20to20 wrote:
then had it electro coated in a dull nickel


Looks great, nice finish. Was it electro plated or powder coated paint? What was the story on that process?

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Yes it's "Electro-Plated"...it's less expensive than powder coating, It was about $80 for the two pieces, that included bead blasting ( The top and bottom was modeled after a Dynaco -70 in construction)...The guy did it for me as a rush job the day before Christmas, I didn't really have time to ask a lot of questions but took a quick spin through the facility, he showed me a few samples and I went with the dull Nickel, ...a caveat though it really shows finger prints..First I tried using "Never Dull' to remove them, that kinda gunked things up, then tried removing that with acetone, finally I used denatured Alcohol and now the prints don't show.
Shannon Parks wrote:Nice and clean, with old school looks. Thanks for the pics!

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Thanks, Yes Old School was the objective..I left the cage the way I received it with the "funky" gold paint from who knows when..I thought of repainting it but it grew on me.
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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby battradio » Fri Jan 17, 2014 12:58 am

Now all you need is a custom decal or emblem for the front .
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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby fiftyfivefilms » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:08 am

Here are a few construction photos.. Lay out
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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby fiftyfivefilms » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:09 am

battradio wrote:Now all you need is a custom decal or emblem for the front .

We just got a 3-d printer at school....Look like a new project!
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Re: "Ultra" chubby Pilot

Postby fiftyfivefilms » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:11 am

Back from the Electro-Plater, note the finger prints.
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