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1970s Deluxe Reverb

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by TheodoreTelevelt, Dec 15, 2017.

  1. TheodoreTelevelt

    TheodoreTelevelt TDPRI Member

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    I've never had the chance to play one, but I'm thinking about buying a mid 70s DR online. I don't love the idea of buying without trying, but I don't exactly see vintage deluxe reverbs all over the place...at least close to me, anyway...

    There's what looks to be a nice, mostly original mid 70s deluxe reverb, at a decent price. The person listing it mentions a "very mild hum" and states that it's normal for vintage amps to have some mild humming.

    Tell me, wiser-than-me gear hounds, does this sound about right? Or should I be wary?

    Thanks!
     

  2. homesick345

    homesick345 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 20, 2012
    Beirut, Lebanon
    hum could be a serious issue

    Can very well be tube-related; but if not; this is a deal breaker (to me)
     
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  3. slider313

    slider313 Tele-Holic

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    Has the amp been serviced? If not, factor that into the price; the cost of a complete service. A mild hum could be anything from a mis-matched set of power tubes, bad phase inverter tube or old filter capacitors.
     

  4. TheodoreTelevelt

    TheodoreTelevelt TDPRI Member

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    Here's what the listing says:

    "...When amp is on there is a some very mild hum....completely normal for an original vintage amp but I'm writing it here in case you’re not familiar..."
     

  5. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I have a '65 Tremolux that is just about silent. Hum is not normal. But it is also normal (in my mind) to plan on taking any newly bought old amp to a tech. These amps were built like tanks but need some occasional love. If the price of the amp plus $200 for potential service is within your reach, go for it.
     

  6. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 19, 2006
    Gilbert, AZ (PHX)
    I have a 72 Deluxe Reverb, it does not hum although I did service the amp with caps, tubes and a few resistors.
    As noted above always expect to spend $150 to $300 to refresh the parts that need replacing with age. Even if someone says the amp was serviced sometime previously it should be rechecked again after you buy it.
     

  7. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Tele-Afflicted

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    I would say hum is in the ear of the beholder...what one person hears as hum might be just normal operation sound....or it could indicated something needs fixin'. Like Bob M says, they will need occasional attention. The nice thing is, since they're hand-wired, just about everything is fixable, and replacement parts are available. What is "decent" price? What shape is the cabinet in? Speaker? Good luck....
     
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  8. Middleman

    Middleman Friend of Leo's

    Aug 29, 2007
    MV, CA
    Here's my view, whatever you buy it for, add $300 for a full cap job and bench test. Then you will have something.
     
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  9. TheodoreTelevelt

    TheodoreTelevelt TDPRI Member

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    About 1,200. Very clean looking for a mid 70's amp. It says all original but I see in the pic that a three-pronger was added. Of course, that is good, but not original.
     
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  10. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
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    I think a 3 pronger is original, at least on the mid 70s models. Mine is a 74 or 75 and the 3 pronger is stock.

    Incidentally, sometimes mine has a tiny hum, usually it is dead quiet.

    Now for the record, mine's never been serviced :eek: as long as I have owned it, and although everyone on this forum said that is craziness, I chose to roll the dice on that one because it sounds perfect to me and frankly, I'm afraid if it gets touched, it might not sound the same afterwards (I hate when that happens). Sooner or later I will get it serviced though.
     
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  11. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 29, 2011
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    And oh my lord, how I've discovered that this amp sounds SO GOOD with p-90s! Better than any other single coils or HBs that I own anyways.
     

  12. TheodoreTelevelt

    TheodoreTelevelt TDPRI Member

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    I didn't realize the three prongers were used yet back then. Good to know!
     

  13. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm not an expert by any means, someone else here will know what year they started with the 3 pronger, maybe even google knows, but I would guess it might have even been late 60s or early 70s DRs.
     
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  14. Cfidave

    Cfidave TDPRI Member

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    I hear this all the time, " hum is normal in tube amps". Hum is not normal and is an indication that something is not quite right. Could be simple, could be a more complex issue. The good news is that it is usually something that can be fixed.
     
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  15. TheodoreTelevelt

    TheodoreTelevelt TDPRI Member

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    Crap. Now I'm going to want a guitar with P90s too.
     
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  16. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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  17. Telecasterless

    Telecasterless Tele-Afflicted

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  18. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    D'OH!!!
    I didn't even look closely...just did a quick search.
    Ooops.
    That price is HIGH!
     

  19. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    $1,200 for a mid-70s DR? In my neck of the woods that's a deal! Look at E-Bay or Reverb. Even if you have to throw a couple hundred into a service you are in the ball park price-wise. For the record I had a '73 Twin that came new with a 3 prong plug. I think a 3 prong on a mid-70s DR is factory.
     
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  20. TheodoreTelevelt

    TheodoreTelevelt TDPRI Member

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    Aaaand just like that it's gone. The search continues!
     

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