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LM386 Amps, AliExpress

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Apr 2. 11 Replies

Is anyone getting their amp kits from AliExpress? There's a ton of listings, I can't see how they sell kits for very little money, so I'm questioning quality.

Got some really cool boxes

Started this discussion. Last reply by JB Feb 4, 2018. 4 Replies

Found these at my local cigar store today. Amongst others, I got a couple of the green Brick House boxes and a few Chillin' Moose boxes, which I've never seen. They're cool as hell but not…Continue

Rare Corojo Punch Box, Practice Amp Project

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 1, 2017. 3 Replies

Found this beautiful red Punch Rare Corojo box and Blonder Tongue UHF converter on my thrift store run this morning. The UHF converter is an almost perfect size for a small practice amp, it doesn't…Continue

Rare Corojo Punch Box, Practice Amp Project

Started this discussion. Last reply by Paul Craig Oct 9, 2017. 12 Replies

Found this beautiful red Punch Rare Corojo box and Blonder Tongue UHF converter on my thrift store run this morning. The UHF converter is an almost perfect size for a small practice amp, it doesn't…Continue

 

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Paul Craig replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"That has been the same outcome for me too."
Apr 2
Jerry Jordan replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"I found the low watt chips at 9 vdc have the best distortion tones. The one watt chip running at 12 vdc has more clean headroom."
Apr 1
Paul Craig replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"If you do make one, use the 386 N3 chip, it's a heavy duty chip. The N1's seem to be too cheap. The Ruby amp is like the Smokey or Lil'Gem amps, but uses a nice Jfet filter circuit in front of the chip and sounds a lot like a Fender…"
Apr 1
Kigar replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"All three are right.  I think it is dash 1, 2, and 3 to designate the wattage.  All the really cheap ones I have seen are the lowest output.  Someday I will make a full watt screamer!"
Apr 1
Paul Craig replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"Internet data on these 9volt amps have been all over the place on output wattage. Some say 1/4watt, some 1/2 watt and some 1watt. I know that the voltage used can play a part in that, these little amps say to use 9volts and up to 12volts. My home…"
Apr 1
Kigar replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"You can find the kits for a little over a dollar, they work ok considering they are a 1/4 watt, but the mods are easy to add as you can swap out the components before soldering.  A good and cheap way to develop some soldering skills too."
Mar 31
Paul Craig replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"This is true about the market selling ready-made units so cheap, but not all of the particular effects are made. I like building my own too. You can easily tweak your own build on a build board or breadboad more so than a ready-made unit because the…"
Mar 24
Paul Craig replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"The last time I got individual 386 chips of the N1 type they didn't last long and I had to replace mine with the more durable N3 type. The N1 - N2 - N3 chips are made to handle 9volts to 12 volts DC, but the N4 type is made for higher voltage…"
Mar 22
Patrick Allison replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"Your secrets are safe with me. Interesting info, thank you. I was having a tough time finding sellers for runoffgroove schematic kits. I guess I see why now, with Chinese sellers offering them for next to nothing."
Mar 21
Jerry Jordan replied to Patrick Allison's discussion LM386 Amps, AliExpress
"There are tons of LM386 PCB's available from China. The ones on AliExpress are available all over the net as well., I bought 10 each from EBay for about $2 each.,then I bought 10 JRC LM386 chips from Mouser to make the .3 watt amp into a 1 watt…"
Mar 21
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LM386 Amps, AliExpress

Is anyone getting their amp kits from AliExpress? There's a ton of listings, I can't see how they sell kits for very little money, so I'm questioning quality.
Mar 21
JB replied to Patrick Allison's discussion Got some really cool boxes
"That's a sweet Snowden!!"
Feb 4, 2018
Keith Rearick liked Patrick Allison's discussion Got some really cool boxes
Feb 4, 2018
Patrick Allison replied to Patrick Allison's discussion Got some really cool boxes
"I seldom think that far ahead. I'm thinking something strictly electric, they do resonate better than I thought they would. Something with a pickup and hard tail bridge is my initial plan."
Feb 3, 2018
Grandpa replied to Patrick Allison's discussion Got some really cool boxes
"Colorful lot. No bad boxes, just some better than others. Whadda ya gonna make?"
Feb 3, 2018
Patrick Allison posted a discussion

Got some really cool boxes

Found these at my local cigar store today. Amongst others, I got a couple of the green Brick House boxes and a few Chillin' Moose boxes, which I've never seen. They're cool as hell but not particularly well constructed, they're mostly OSB, oh well, they look really cool.See More
Feb 3, 2018

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