March 19th, 2009, 01:45 AM
Hi to All
I am the recent owner of a '69 Princeton non-reverb-the model with the metal edged (drip-tray) grill and a removable baffle
To swap speakers is it easier to;
1- Remove tubes and unsrew the baffle and grill?
2- Remove tubes and remove the chassis ( as per similar sized amp with a fixed baffle like the Pro/Blues jr) ?
I am trying to establish wether I need to remove the chassis or not to gain access to swap speakers
Many thanks in advance
March 19th, 2009, 07:51 AM
On the new 65 Reissues, with the right length screwdriver, one can remove the baffle withou removing the chassis.
March 19th, 2009, 07:53 AM
I did not have to remove the tubes, but it would give you easier access to the upper screws.
March 19th, 2009, 08:33 AM
thanks billd -
So it seems removing the baffle, and not the chassis, is the easier way to swap speakers in this type of amp?
March 19th, 2009, 08:51 AM
I think removing chassis is easier than removing the baffle.
March 20th, 2009, 12:42 AM
With the drip edge baffle, you need to be very careful when you remove and reinstall the baffle. It is real easy to bend the aluminum edging and distort the drip rail. I wouldn't hesitate to remove the baffle since it seems to be the easiest way to replace the speaker. I usually do the speaker swap when I have the chassis out and the entire amp disassembled for cleaning.
March 20th, 2009, 10:53 AM
I would definitely pull the chassis whether it's easier or not.
Dean mentioned the ease of damaging the drip-edge molding, but those mounting holes strip out fairly easily, and you also run the risk of creating a rattle/buzz when you reinstall it. In my experience the molding seems to be more prone to causing buzzes and rattles already. It's really just as easy to pull the chassis with less risk of creating problems.
March 21st, 2009, 09:04 PM
Thanks to all responses- I think i'll just get on with it pull the chassis out
It currently has a very curious looking, but great sounding, Fender branded alnico speaker - it has removable aluminium covers that conceal the magnet from the sides - Not sure wether this is the original or not but is definitely of the era
Might use this speaker for just one more gig and swap it for an Eminence ragin cajun i have spare