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.