A couple of weeks ago, I built an amp, start to finish, live on Facebook. I had done some of the boring stuff like installing switches, pots, transformers, jacks, and power input in advance but I left all of the electronics work to do live on air. It was quite a marathon day, stretching into about 12 hours of video. You can check it (and all of the People’s Amp Facebook content) out at https://www.facebook.com/peoplesamp/videos/?view_public_for=153266901372655&ref=page_internal
The build was a lot of fun, with some breaks for tele-chats with special guests: Eric French, a proud People’s Amplifier owner who also runs a small recording studio and is public radio broadcast engineer. We also talked to Jerry Newkirk, who designed the original People’s Amplifier head cabinet. I owe him millions of dollars, apparently. Isaac Maupin, of Wildcat Slim fame, also chatted with us about his People’s Amplifier.
Other than my soldering iron tip taking a dump, and my internet being persnickety, the event went very well! We had some trivia contest prize giveaways (congratulations Kaila, Korey, Brian, Eric, and Isaac!) and the amp I was building got adopted! Keep an eye out for more news on People’s Amp #403 heading to its new owner.
Here’s a short video from the end of the build. It was so nice to have zero troubleshooting to do!
By the way, the 6V6 amplifier is still available. Here it is in action. If you contact me with the secret code “valve,” I’ll sell it to you with a 25% discount!