April 22nd, 2012, 11:16 PM
I'll be moving from the US to France for work in a few months and I'm wondering if it makes sense to take my Deluxe Reverb or get another amp there. It would be cheaper to move the amp I already have (my employer is covering moving costs), but because the electric supply is 220 V I assume it would need to run on a step-down transformer. Some devices don't do very well with that type of setup, but I don't know about tube amps. Advice appreciated.
April 22nd, 2012, 11:26 PM
Is this a vintage amp or a reissue
April 23rd, 2012, 12:25 AM
- How long will you be there... 2 years?
- Will you be commuting back and forth often?
- Do you know the residence and how secure?
- Will you have neighbors?
You can always package the amp and have someone send it to later if you want it.
I would not take anything valuable. You could probably sell it for a quite a bit more. I tend to travel light. Would probably buy a smaller amps like a SCXD, Excelsior or something headphone like a POD etc provided you can deal with the voltage thing.
There are some good amp makers over there in the UK, Italy and Germany that make great stuff and would be a good reason to travel around and shop.
April 23rd, 2012, 03:55 AM
I moved to Holland in 2000. I brought 4 amps with me - a Princeton Reverb, a modified Princeton Reverb II, a '55 tweed Deluxe 5E3, and a home-built Vox AC-15 thing. I used them all quite succesfully with step-down transformers.
Recently I installed a Euro-voltage power transformer in the PR so that I can plug it in straight. I don't know if you like doing this kind of work - it is not a real simple operation.
April 23rd, 2012, 09:01 AM
For a few months a step down transformer should work fine. But if you'll be living in an apartment in Paris or whatever will you be able to even turn the amp up much ?
April 23rd, 2012, 10:20 AM
Prices for older Fender amps in Europe are pretty steep, so if you want to play a Fender Deluxe, bringing your own is almost certainly the best option (even if you have to pay someone to change the power transformer). If your employer is paying for the shipping then you'd make a tidy profit should you ever decide to sell it.
April 23rd, 2012, 04:05 PM
I live in France. My BFDR is an american version that I bought here. The sender give me the 110V/220V converter/tranny. I garantee it works fine, no more no less than my SFDR (220 v).
April 23rd, 2012, 04:27 PM
I've been running my 110v '72 SFPR on a step down converter more or less on a daily basis since I bought it and have had no problems at all.
April 23rd, 2012, 05:34 PM
If a BF, I'd leave it at home. If a SF, I'd ship it, play it w/ step down transformer then sell it just prior to leaving and get myself a BF upon return, if a DRRI, I'd do same - sell it just prior to departure and get a SF upon return.