First amp build (Ceriatone Plexi All Access 51)

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The build is progressing, although my time each week is always quite limited.

I cleaned up last week’s shoddy hot glue work, by removing the excess glue and reheating the joints to reflow them:

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I then installed most of the front tonestack controls and started wiring the ground bus:

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I've also wired the bias test circuit:

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Progressed with the first tone stack switch:

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And then started wiring the input jacks outside of the chassing by using a jig:

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And then installed it:

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Tonight I was able to do some more work after office hours!
I initially redid the caps on the first tone stack switch as they weren’t neat enough for my standard, I then progressed with some more switches wiring:

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It was then time for the full power/half power switch:

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I have a question for fellow forum members, about the ceriatone layout:
What's the meaning of the oval shaped symbols that I've highlighted with a red box?
I appreciate it might be a very stupid question, but being new to amp building I haven't been able to figure it out yet.

Thanks to anybody willing to help!

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I have a question for fellow forum members, about the ceriatone layout:
What's the meaning of the oval shaped symbols that I've highlighted with a red box?
I appreciate it might be a very stupid question, but being new to amp building I haven't been able to figure it out yet.

Thanks to anybody willing to help!

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It is noting the use of shielded wire for these runs.
FYI only connect one ends shield to ground. Use shrink wrap to isolate the trimmed back shield on the end you do not choose to ground. Plenty of good examples out there for reference. Nice work by the way!
 

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I have a question for fellow forum members, about the ceriatone layout:
What's the meaning of the oval shaped symbols that I've highlighted with a red box?
I appreciate it might be a very stupid question, but being new to amp building I haven't been able to figure it out yet.

Thanks to anybody willing to help!

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I would contact Nic.
 
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It is noting the use of shielded wire for these runs.
FYI only connect one ends shield to ground. Use shrink wrap to isolate the trimmed back shield on the end you do not choose to ground. Plenty of good examples out there for reference. Nice work by the way!

Thanks a lot for your comment! Looking at the detailed pictures of some factory builds from Ceriatone I think you are definitely correct! It looks like the symbols are there just to explain how to ground the shielded wire.

Perhaps a 3 way connection?
I would contact Nic.

I didn't know I could reach out to him for this kind of questions but I'll try. Thanks for the insight!
 

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I see you making 4 and 5 different bends, on one single resistor, so that it lays in place perfectly!
That is attention to detail!
Nice job!

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Here's a very nice set of easy plans for a supremely versatile amp cradle! Its in pdf format, so you need to download it.
Have Fun,
Gene
Im reading the instructions....

"MDF could be used during times of famine; however this will cause a dulling of the overall tone."

Too funny!
 
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I’m really likening your layout so far, lots of attention to detail and the 90 degree bends are nice. I just built a Plexi51 3 months ago here are some shots.

Thanks man! Your build is simply the definition of cleanliness!
Before starting my kit I've been studying your build thread a lot! I'm sure you can definitely see I have taken inspiration from some of your super neat tricks!

Cheers!
 
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This week I was able to make some healthy progress.
First of all I finished wiring the controls:

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Then I installed and wired the output transformer, the output jacks and the negative feedback control. I still have a lot of untidy wiring, but that will be improved at a further stage:

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Then I moved to the turret board, and assembled 99% of it in a single push. I must say I’m pretty happy of the result:

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Thats very clean work, nice! I have been planning on building one of these ceriatone kits but the shipping to Australia is quite expensive, or I might go with a Mojotone kit as for an extra 25 bucks you get full custom tolex and piping etc on your head cab. it comes to around $1500usd shipped for me. Does anyone here have any comments on ceriatone vs mojotone kit?
 

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Thanks man! Your build is simply the definition of cleanliness!
Before starting my kit I've been studying your build thread a lot! I'm sure you can definitely see I have taken inspiration from some of your super neat tricks!

Cheers!
I’m honored you followed my thread and incorporated some of my building style into yours. Your build is absolutely beautiful and well done. enjoy the amp it is definitely a plexi!!!

Time to build another amp, gonna do a JCM800 50w. Ceriatone would be a great one, but it’s a JMP style, we want it to look like a traditional 800. Gonna go with a Mojotone. They said the lead time was 6-8 weeks, gonna order it tomorrow and wait.!!

Great job with the amp, don’t stop there build another they are FUN. I have 5 under my belt in 3 1/2 years
 

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I’m honored you followed my thread and incorporated some of my building style into yours. Your build is absolutely beautiful and well done. enjoy the amp it is definitely a plexi!!!

Time to build another amp, gonna do a JCM800 50w. Ceriatone would be a great one, but it’s a JMP style, we want it to look like a traditional 800. Gonna go with a Mojotone. They said the lead time was 6-8 weeks, gonna order it tomorrow and wait.!!

Great job with the amp, don’t stop there build another they are FUN. I have 5 under my belt in 3 1/2 years

Surely with 5 builds under your belt it’s time to go a bit more freestyle vs someone else’s kits?!
 


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