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Old 09-13-2011, 03:35 AM
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You know I do not know if you have thought about this but if you did get a tube amp with 811A's you could always upgrade to 813's I think and get even more power out latter on if you wanted to. You can not really jump up much better in a Bipolar HF transistor then the 2SC2879 it is about as good as it gets until you step up to 24VDC or 50VDC and then you are not looking at Bipolar transistors either so the entire amp would not be right for the new transistors.

Just something to think about? Also you know you can buy an auto-tune board for the input side of any tube amp. The 2008 ARRL Hand Book has an amp project that features one and they give the name and adress I think of the company. They sell the board separately for those that want to work it into their amp or as black box. Might look into that if the only thing you hate about tube amps is the constant tune and load tune and load etc....
The upgrade for the 811A's are 572B's. Drop in replacements except the IMD is a little worse due to the tubes not running at optimal plate voltage. The 813 is a different animal altogether.

Also if you mean the AT-100AMP auto tuner from LDG Electronics, it was discontinued a few years ago much to the dismay of many homebrewers.
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a davemade will have a higher resell value down the line and will sell faster than any of the other amps mentioned .
but if ssb operation is a must for you then xforce be the way to go .

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I'am in the market to get a base amp and a mobile amp.Witch of these builders would give me the best customer service,best product and best bang for the buck?

The Fatboys are the most neatly assembled amps of the 3 mentioned. Performance wise they are all the same. Customer service wise....1) Fatboy 2) X Force 3) Davemade.
If you run the amps properly and don't run them on more than 15 volts, they should all live a long life.
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Xforce amp quality has been hit or miss over the last couple of years. If you can find a older one then they were quite good amps.
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Maybe you should define your operating style..ssb? AM? Cb? HAMRADIO? I will assume this amp is for CB and for AM since thats what most of the amp questions come from is AM CBers and w that said, Dave Made all the way. If your into SSB then stay away from Dave Made. If for SSB maybe you would consider a Texas Star amp. I own one specificly for SSB on the chicken band and nothing but bells and whistles.

Do your homework.. as someone stated above this topic has been beat to death. There are 20or so forums out there to join and read up on this topic..
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a davemade will have a higher resell value down the line and will sell faster than any of the other amps mentioned .
but if ssb operation is a must for you then xforce be the way to go .

The Davemade amps only have better resale is because most Davemade users suffer from a mild dose of brainwashing. "Davemade amps produce louder audio" "Davemade amps do more watts than the others" are among the more interesting misconceptions.
I have owned Davemade, fatboy, Magnaforce (X Force), and Worldwide amps....they all perform the same on AM. When Worldwide was in full swing with their amp building their customer service was by far the best.
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I'm very happy with my Davemade base amp. It runs (4) 4cx250b. Great amp

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