A big thank you to WEX who sorted out the issue with my Lastolite Ezybox XL with absolutely no fuss or drama at all. Further details in my Studio Thoughts page. But end result is I'm far happier with this Version than the previous one - lets hope it lasts!
Unfortunately after minimal use the stitching on my Extra Large one has proven faulty so has been returned...more info in the Studio Thoughts page.
Bottlehead Smash didn't really enjoy the sound of the Smash DHT Preamplifier when I initially built it and have to say that it has spent most of the last year in a box unused. I ordered the upgrade kit last May, but never bothered to fit it - well wasn't using the pre anyway! So fast forward to January, I was cleaning the rubbish off my workbench and found a small 'Bottlehead' box tucked away in the corner. As I had a few spare hours, got out my soldering iron and set to work - now after having listened to the Smash with the Smash-up upgrade I can say that it is very very good - but that does reinforce my opinion, that the original design was flawed. Also changed a few cosmetic elements as well, needed to cover up the old OD3 valve designation as the upgrade utilises a 6SN7. More picture in the DIY Build Bottlehead Smash Smash Gallery page.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.