1 Tim Vitullo 8 months ago Hey GDPers--I've got a craving for a Fender Tweed Deluxe style amplifier and I have recently liquidated some gear to go about satiating it.I did some forum diving just now and it seems that many agree that the official Fender reissues are overpriced. I've noticed a bunch of smaller builders' handwired versions on Reverb and the like, but I can't seem to find many, if any, reviews of the various examples. There's enough variety (speakers, tubes, mods/features, etc.) at a common price point ($500-$1000) that I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed.Does anyone have any experience with a "small batch" 5e3 Deluxe build? I'd like to avoid any kits or trying to marry a cabinet and a chassis from different builders.If not, does anyone have any recommendations for desirable features?A few questions that I have so far: What speakers pair best with this circuit? What effect do the various rectifier tubes have on the tone/performance? I see some have a "Ground" switch vs. a standby switch. What's the difference? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated! Thank you much!