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I ended up ordering the Bottlehead kit and waiting a month for delivery. And after about 10 hours of tinkering this weekend, I'm stuck with a unit that only has sound in the Left Channel after the Speedball upgrade. I've checked everything multiple times and still can't figure out what's wrong. I'm sure it's something that I've done wrong but cannot detect yet. I've posted to the Bottlehead forum for help as well.

I'll have my electrical engineer friend look at it next weekend, and I'm sure it'll eventually get fixed. But after all of this, I realized I'm more inclined to 'instant gratification'.

Once it's working, it'll be a burden off of my shoulders rather than a celebration. Don't give up on it.

When I built my crack I did so in one hasty evening while consuming a 6er of Gumballhead. Upon power-up the tubes lit up, but there was absolutely no sound coming from the amp. Like you, I was disheartened that it didn't work properly right from the start, so I stuck it on my shelf where it sat unused for an entire year. One evening last fall I felt ambitious and decided to look over the project again.

It turns out I had a cold joint in the circuit and all it required was a subsequent de-solder and re-solder of a single connection. Just like that the amp was 100% operational. Since then I've installed the speedball, custom caps, a vintage Russian pilot light and a vintage looking toggle switch for the power. The point is, the fix was simple, but I gave up too easily and essentially had a $400 paper weight on my hands because I ws not motivated to investigate the simple fix. It felt great finding the issue and fixing it too.

I highly encourage you try to find the problem yourself and think of it as a lesson in circuitry and amp building rather than a burden!