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Tube Amp Building – Guitar, Bass, Hi-Fi Stereo Amps

Build your own Tweed-style guitar tube amp – just like the original, utilizing an excellent kit with special component upgrades – or a Hi- Fi Stereo Tube Amp. This hands-on workshop offers an opportunity for guided amp construction under the watchful eye of an experienced amp builder and instructor.  Registration is limited.  Questions? Please call us 773-489-4830

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This seminar offers lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training. Students will observe the stages of the kit building process and then carry out the work on their own amps under the supervision of the instructor. Students will obtain a foundational understanding of the way a vintage tube instrument amplifier functions, stage by stage, and learn the craft of point-to-point wiring and how to modify a circuit to shape its tone by changing component values. By building an amplifier, students will begin to develop the diagnostic skills necessary to troubleshoot and repair other amplifiers. We are offer the Tweed Deluxe, Tweed Bassman or Tweed Champ Guitar Amp Kits or a Hi- Fi Stereo Tube Amp.

We combine this seminar with our Hi-Fi Stereo Tube Amp Building WorkshopBy combining these seminars, students have the opportunity to learn/observe both traditional point-to-point construction and the classic Fender/Marshall motherboard construction.  All the tenets of lead dress (wiring) remain the same regardless of what method is used.

Description

Kits are supplied by Mojo Music. The parts included are excellent quality and the cabinets are pre-assembled and beautifully covered in authentic tweed fabric. Every aspect of the kits is as faithful as possible to the original design.

Each kit comes with its own schematic and layout diagram (there are no assembly instructions included).  The legendary circuits used in this seminar are the same as those that have made “Tweed”- era amplifiers revered among musicians. The school pre-drills all the chassis and motherboards to prepare them for the seminar.

These amps are bullet-proof workhorses that are easily serviced, modified and maintained.

Through this seminar, students will discover the beauty of cloth-covered wire, heavy transformers, chassis-mounted components, and finger-joined pine cabinets. Click here to visit Mojo’s web site and read more about the kits and their contents. Our kit prices include shipping to the school and the kits Mojo makes for our school include certain upgrades to improve safety, durability and tone.

For first time builders, we strongly recommend the Tweed Deluxe or Champ which offer the perfect level of involvement for the seminar. Any of the other kits offered on the Mojo website are available to build in class by special order by students who already have experience building tube amps. If you are a first time builder and have your heart set on one of the higher-powered models, simply bear in mind that some additional hours will need to be logged to complete the build.

This is an ideal seminar for those working as a guitar technician, roadie, music store employee, touring musician or for anyone interested in working on instruments.  Useful handouts will be provided.

Materials and Supplies

The school will provide each student with their own kit, individual workstation and all the necessary tools. Students can select which amp kit they will be building. The workshop fees listed include the class fee and the amp kit fee is surcharged. Payments for both the class and the amp kit will be made to the Specimen at the time of registration and all amp kits will be shipped directly to our shop.

The school will provide each student with their own kit, individual workstation and all the necessary tools. Students can select which amp kit they will be building.

Schedule

Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 6pm. Lunch and refreshments are served each day.

Fee

Tuition $685 + kit costs. Tuition includes instruction, materials and shop supplies necessary to complete the amplifier.  Amp kit, tubes, and shipping are surcharged and the cost depends upon your amp choice.  Lunch and refreshments each day are included.

Payments for both the class and the amp kit will be made to Specimen at the time of registration and all amp kits will be shipped directly to our shop.

Instructor

Ian Schneller is the founder and chief instructor of the Chicago School of Guitar Making. With over 800 handmade instruments bearing his Specimen name, he brings a wellspring of knowledge to the classroom with the mission of perpetuating the tradition of handcraft and design innovation. He has shown his work in a variety of museums around the country and is a faculty member of the Sculpture Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

REGISTRATION

Register for any of our classes online, by phone or in person. Please note: Registrations are final and nonrefundable. In the event that a student cannot attend a class, written notice must be given in advance to receive a credit to be used on another tuition. Valid credit may be transferred to another course date, or to another student, if so desired.

BY PHONE

773-489-4830

Call us if you prefer to register over the phone with your credit card. We will send you a confirmation via email, or by snail mail if you prefer.

ONLINE

Select the class dates you wish to attend in Available Dates column. (See the upper right of the this page.)

Click ENROLL NOW. Enter the required information. Pay by clicking the Paypal button. (NOTE: It is NOT necessary to have a Paypal account to use their service.)

Choose your payment method. Complete the payment transaction. Your receipt and a confirmation will be emailed to you.

IN PERSON

Come by the shop during business hours to enroll using cash, credit card, or a personal check.

AREA ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Click Here for a list of nearby places to stay during seminars, along with transportation information.

SPECIMEN PRODUCTS, Inc.

The Chicago School of Guitar Making

ADDRESS   1240 N. Homan Ave. Chicago IL 60651

HOURS   Monday – Friday: 12 – 7 pm, and Saturday: 12 – 5

EMAIL  info@specimenproducts.com

PHONE  773-489-4830

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Choose Date
Expired Tweed Champ
Nov 18, 19, 2017 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$576.79 (USD) Tweed Champ Kit
Expired Tweed Deluxe
Nov 18, 19, 2017 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$845.74 (USD) Tweed Deluxe Kit
Expired Tweed Bassman
Nov 18, 19, 2017 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$1,183.94 (USD) Tweed Bassman Kit
Expired Custom Hi-Fi Stereo
Nov 18, 19, 2017 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$2,650.00 (USD) Hi-Fi Stereo Kit
Tweed Champ
February 3, 4 2018 Sat & Sun 9am - 6pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$576.79 (USD) Tweed Champ Kit
Tweed Deluxe
February 3 & 4, 2018 Sat & Sun 9am - 6pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$845.74 (USD) Tweed Deluxe Kit
Tweed Bassman
February 3 & 4, 2018 Sat & Sun 9am - 6pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$1,183.94 (USD) Tweed Bassman Kit
Custom Hi-Fi Stereo
February 3 & 4, 2018 Sat & Sun 9am - 6pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$2,650.00 (USD) Hi-Fi Stereo Kit
Tweed Champ
May 5 & 6 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$576.79 (USD) Tweed Champ Kit
Tweed Deluxe
May 5 & 6 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$845.74 (USD) Tweed Deluxe Kit
Tweed Bassman
May 5 & 6 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$1,183.94 (USD) Tweed Bassman Kit
Custom Hi-Fi Stereo
May 5 & 6 Sat & Sun 9 am - 6 pm
$685.00 (USD)
+$2,650.00 (USD) Hi-Fi Stereo Kit

LOCATION

All classes are held at Specimen located at 1240 N. Homan Ave. in Chicago, Illinois. Click here for a map

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