About the Amps

About the Amps

Dovetailed cabinets.  Dado inset bracing.  No screws – all parts bolted to the chassis.  Yeah, it’s not the easiest way to build things, but I really think it’s the best way.  I want these things to look good, sound great, and outlive me.

I use the best quality components I can get – Switchcraft jacks, Mallory capacitors, and Belton tube sockets, just to name a few parts.  I use Mercury Magnetics transformers for all my vintage clones.  Amps using a 5Y3 rectifier get an NOS tube since they seem to offer the proper voltages.  A lot of little details go into making a big package.

I often tell people I can’t sell them a “new” amp.  Just because the solder has cooled off and the glue is dry doesn’t mean the work is done.  Every amp gets play tested for several hours.  Your new amp might have 10-15 hours of play time on it, making sure it’s biased correctly, making sure there are no rattles or odd noises.  I have to check everything – not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because my name’s on it.

In the slideshow on my home page you can see some pictures of the build process to get an idea of what goes into each one of my amps.  As always, feel free to message me at info@hattamps.com