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    I'm Alan.

    Default Anatomy of a Monoblock

    More pictures from Firebottle Towers:

    The parts.



    Finished look, front.



    Rear.



    Not complete yet so can't comment on the sound

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    I heard Alans monoblocks at his place 2 weeks ago and they sounded ( and looked ) superb . I've been '' plotting ' on how to get the money to buy them ever since
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    Nice, I've always liked the brushed look on casework. I miss the glowing valve of your proto, but guess that could be a safey issue.

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    If this is one of the mono blocks Alan is building for me, I asked him to place the valve internally so that my Daughter cannot touch it.
    Kevin

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    I believe Alan decided to put them internally anyway so they could be stacked if needed. This may have changed since we spoke though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    If this is one of the mono blocks Alan is building for me, I asked him to place the valve internally so that my Daughter cannot touch it.
    Nah they're mine mate . I'm driving down to pick them up this week
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    Brian


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    Had the pleasure of listening to these myself, their fantastic!!!

    If I had the spare cash Alan would be a very busy man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman80 View Post
    I believe Alan decided to put them internally anyway so they could be stacked if needed. This may have changed since we spoke though.

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    That would be another good reason.
    I will miss out on seeing the valve glow, but it is a small price to,pay for the sound quality that these should deliver.
    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by CageyH View Post
    That would be another good reason.
    I will miss out on seeing the valve glow, but it is a small price to,pay for the sound quality that these should deliver.
    Perhaps Alan could install one of these in each amp.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Aardvark-Bo.../dp/B00K48SF32

    That way you would still be able to bask in the glow!

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    Silly t*t

    You can still see the valve through the top ventilation slots ......................

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