Just one listen to this home-built, high-end tube amp, and you’ll quickly discover that there’s more to that classic song you’ve been listening to for years. It has nothing to do with nostalgia — tubes just sound more musical than pure solid state, and the PoddWatt is a prime example.

So, what can you get from a mid-priced tube amp kit nowadays? If you’re willing to play by the rules, the answer is quite a bit. The PoddWatt produces a smooth sound that rarely offends, and as a kit, the build is fantastic. The instructions are thorough, and the components USA-sourced. The best part? The listening just gets better with time.

Check out our interview with creators Bruce Heran and Rodney Brinker here.

Jake Spurlock

Jake Spurlock

Web Developer at MAKE. I’m an Engineer. That means I solve problems.

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