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MAKE: My Day at Amp Camp

A couple of weeks ago, MAKE photographer Gregory Hayes, designer Michael Silva, O’Reilly Web Producer Tony Quartarolo, and Jake Spurlock attended Amp Camp, just up the road from the O’Reilly offices in Sebastopol California. What’s Amp Camp? Glad you asked. A few years ago, Dana Brock held Speaker Camp, where 20 or so friends hung out in his workshop for a day and built speaker enclosures. Building on the success of that, he and Nelson Pass decided to do it again and have a day, in the middle of the wine country, to build amplifiers.

Read the complete MAKE: article and photo gallery here holds first Amp Camp June 30th, 2012

This year Burning Amp organizers have created “Amp Camp 2012” to help novice DIY builders make their very own Class A amps with all the hand-holding needed to create a working unit. Following on the successful model of Speaker Camp several years ago, the event takes the important step of getting people out of the blogs and magazines and into a hands-on environment. Nelson Pass has designed this special mono-block just for the event and will attend to ensure all goes well. Please visit for more information and parts.


  • AMP CAMP by Nelson Pass – Instructions. Written in anticipation of the first Amp Camp event, and I expect a few surprises and a lot of happy faces, my birthday present to myself. Remember, the whole idea is for you first-timers to get your feet wet in the shallow end of the pool.  Put on some sun screen, and come on in.
    The water’s fine.
  • Amp Camp Case Progress – Pictures!


6th Annual Burning Amp Festival – October 28, 2012

The DIY show for audiophiles and the general public who make their own equipment or are interested in making their own components. Bring your amps, speakers, friends and fellow techies to check out this year’s displays of cool amps, speakers, and parts done by audio enthusiasts and DIY’ers from around the world.

Presentations By:

Jan Didden – Editor, Linear Audio Magazine
Nelson Pass – Update from the Skunkworks

The 2012 Burning Amp Festival will be held in San Francisco at:

Fort Mason Center
Landmark Building C 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123

How to get there:

Directions via Google Maps
Download a map to Fort Mason Center

An access donation of $30 is required to help offset the costs associated with the event. This is operated as a not for profit event for fun and education.

Contact;Mark Cronander, Organizer

The Burning Amp 2012-Schedules & Info

This link  is to an ongoing thread on the forums to get the logistics worked out for Burning Amp Festival 2012 which takes place October 28th, 2012. Any discussions, assignments and notifications regarding this year’s BAF should be in this thread.
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The Third Annual Burning Amp DIY Festival

The Burning Amp Festival is almost upon us. The day-long DIY (do-it-yourself) love fest, held within yards of the San Francisco Bay, attracts a good 150 DIYers from around the world who engage in the annual ritual of demming their homemade gear for other avid audio enthusiasts.

Scheduled for Sunday, October 18 at Sausalito’s Presidio Yacht Club near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, the event has again been publicized on the over 100,000 member strong forum. The forum is international in scope—it began in Australia—meaning that Burning Amp is one of the few large-scale DIY events that take place around the world.

This year, Burning Amp is returning to its initial vision of attendees auditioning each others equipment. After an hour for set-up starting at 10am, the schedule promises two hour-long amplifier auditions, another two for speakers, and a fifth hour for source and line-level equipment. Members who last found their often fantastic-looking gear relegated to static display are this year pretty much guaranteed the opportunity to play it for others.

Mark Cronander (forum name Variac), who is running the show with the help of Denmark’s Christian Viller (cviller), expects a full day of auditions. To insure that no one monopolizes the proceedings, volunteer “amp wranglers” will take charge of matters in both large demo rooms.

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