Jon S. wrote:Many of us, with PCBs, are still stuck today on antiquated views of PCBs based on our initial experiences with cheapo ones or more decades ago. I've learned since then from experience that there are PCBs and there are PCBS - they're not all created equal. A military grade, double thick PCB is a safe platform generally, including for mounting preamp tubes on, at least.
Here is the gut shot of one of my favorite amps for when I'm not playing Dead, my Tone King Continental (that is the designer/builder, Mark Bartel, doing a custom mod for me). I have personally pulled and installed tubes on and off of it while on the bench and there is zero flexing of the board in the process.
They don't call them military grade PCBs for nothing. If it's good enough for the Army for combat, it should work for our gigs.
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:... personally I love point to point when it comes to servicing an amp. I enjoy building that way too, but as a manufacturer and being a 1-man factory and feeding a family of 5, I have to consider the efficiency of my time spent building preamps and pedals. Hand wiring is VERY time consuming. It's a great meditation and a killer look when finished. My approach has always been to strike a balance of quality and efficiency and affordability, all without any sonic sacrifice or compromise. I have great respect for amp makers who hand wire everything and I get why some boutique prices are as they are.
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JonnyBoy wrote:I don't understand the huge difference between using a PCB and hand wired. I only ask because I dunno if it really makes a difference tone wise. Is it the quality of the connections? I can't see how a PCB would really make that huge of a difference, much like solder etching being a PCB. I think it would make little difference tone wise if the right components are in there. I can however see that the repairs and the fragile nature of the board could cause unwanted issues. If a builder gives an unconditional type of warranty, and it makes it through a year or two under normal conditions (proving its stability), I can't see how a PCB wouldn't be OK.
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