What's going on with the Spud Kit?
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The power supply wiring in the Spud has always been a little tough for new builders. It’s cramped, and the voltages involved make things a bit tense. Within the next month or so (pending delivery), the Spud power supply will be built on a high quality PCB with precision parts including Nichicon caps and Vishay resistors. This update should make things a lot easier to build, more repeatable, less error prone and overall higher quality. I’m looking forward to updating the build instructions to include this exciting update.
January, 2020 brings a refreshed look to the Spud Kit site. With a wide screen format, easier navigation and the ability to expand into some related content, I hope visitors enjoy the new Spud experience!
I just redrilled a chassis to fit an Edcor power transformer, and I’m very happy with the results. Beefier power supply with more available current, less complex wiring, and less unused wires to clutter things up. If I begin the transition now, I’ll have to manually drill the chassis to fit the Edcor power transformers. Or…I could wait until the end of the run of the chassis I currently have on hand.
We’re all stocked up with Spud Kits, and I’m building a finished amp in black to add to the “ready to go” stable. Go ahead and order. The only delay I can see is a day or two for a power transformer since I buy those “on the fly”.
Near the end of 2018 there was a fairly robust run on Spud Kits leaving me with one kit available for immediate shipment and one pre-built kit in white. After that, there will be a short delay while I restock components. My custom built output transformers are the longest lead time, and I expect those to arrive in the 3rd week of June. Orders can still be placed, but expect closer to a few weeks shipping time (depending on when you order) versus the few days of turnaround I am typically able to meet.
Well, with one fully built amp shipping to Italy this week, and a kit on its way to California, I have only 3 kits 2 kits remaining for 2018. I do get busy with Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations, but I think I could probably fit in one more custom build before Christmas if somebody didn’t want to build a kit. Otherwise, I have 3 kits ready to ship. Chassis colors: Blue, Black, Silver, Hammertone Dark Grey and Raw Aluminum Also, I have one fully built amplifier with a White chassis ready for shipment as well.
My pending order of our custom wound output tranformers are expected to arrive in October. If you’re on the fence about purchasing, you may want to move soon. I’ll have 5 kits or customer builds available through the end of the year and will resume in 2019. Chassis colors available include silver, black, metallic dark grey hammertone and raw aluminum.
Yes, the Spud Kit is available, and yes, I am still building them and shipping as a finished amplifier for those who aren’t inclined to build their own. I have chassis colors available in powder coated black, blue and silver. I also have raw / unfinished aluminum available if you’d like to apply your own color. Recently, I went to Las Vegas for an Air Force reunion with some of my best buddies from my days in the military back in the ’80’s. It was a great trip, and I finally got to listen to a system one of my friends built around his Spud. He’s using Zu Audio speakers and a Pro-Ject turntable. He has a perfect room for a high performing minimalist system, and it sounded great!
With a low volume / hobby site, I am frequently asked “Is the Spud Kit still available”. The answer is yes. Not only is the kit available, but I also build to order for those who want the Spud experience but may lack the skills, interest or motivation to build one on their own. New for 2017, I will have a shopping cart button (via PayPal) to order a kit or a pre-built Spud. Both may have a slight lead time, but I will try to have one of each ready to ship. Thanks for checking in!
2016 is here, and there are some subtle and exciting changes with the Spud Kit while some things remain the same. The Spud Kit will remain in kit form, and I will continue to stock small batches of kits for enthusiasts. Prebuilt kits are also available. There are many prospective owners who don’t have the skills, experience or desire to build their own kit. For that audience, I will offer a flat fee to build a kit and provide a finished and tested amplifier. Some builders have gone down the road of endless upgrades to their kits and may have lost their way. Also, there may be kits that have been acquired in the used market with undesirable modifications. Whatever the situation, I can rebuild or diagnose your amp and return it to its stock function and form. I can even accommodate some of the modifications if that is your desire. I have modified the layout slightly for my custom builds. This modification removes a few terminal strips, reroutes the ground scheme and relocates the filament supply. It’s a noticeable improvement in form and function. The Spud Kit will be featured as a standard product at Caintuck Audio in Alexandria, KY (www.caintuckaudio.com)