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My Champion 600 mod begins

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by 3fngrs, Nov 3, 2017.

  1. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    Progress!

    Just removed the old grill cloth. Approximately 60 staples with a screwdriver and pliers. Thought for sure there'd be a trip to the Emergency room but I beat the odds.

    Time for a Pabst!
     

  2. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio

  3. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    Which one? Floral, stripes, or burlap? IMG_0886.JPG IMG_0887.JPG IMG_0888.JPG
     

  4. tweedman2001

    tweedman2001 Tele-Holic

    839
    Aug 3, 2014
    North of There, NY
    I like the burlap but they all will be fine as long as they are acoustically transparent. The original cloth was like playing the amp with a cover on it. I found replacing it to be the single most beneficial improvement. Of course I couldn't stop there with mine though. :rolleyes:
     
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  5. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    I'm leaning towards the burlap. I saw a stripe pattern with similar colors that would have been great but it was a thicker material. I'm not digging this pattern so much.
     
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  6. Staypuft1652

    Staypuft1652 Tele-Meister

    Age:
    36
    227
    Mar 7, 2017
    ND, USA
    Burlap.

    Floral in 2nd.
     
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  7. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    It's done!
     
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  8. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio

  9. strat1

    strat1 TDPRI Member

    19
    Jun 28, 2003
    Looks good, and the tone after the speaker and tube change?
     

  10. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    Much improved. Like pulling a blanket off!
     

  11. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    Excellent. Love the look with the burlap after all. Glad to hear that the muffled sound is fixed.
     
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  12. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    The F'er blew up!

    Hope it's just a tube.
     

  13. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    Blown preamp tube.

    Back in business.
     
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  14. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    Montana
    Whoa. I suppose this kind of thing can happen.
     

  15. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    I put the factory one back in. I'll have to order a couple more Mullards payday and see what happens.

    It was sounding better with the Mullard.
     

  16. czech-one-2

    czech-one-2 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2008
    Prague
    I didn't know eminence made a 4ohm, 6.5'' patriot speaker! Just have to find one in Europe...
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2017

  17. MrHamburger

    MrHamburger Tele-Meister

    152
    Jun 24, 2014
    Portlandia
    I had one of those for a minute. A buddy gave me a chunk of silver grille cloth for it, but you can find the stuff pretty cheap on the web. I found one site that had a bunch of vintage stuff for pretty cheap.
    Changing out the cloth on these amps is the most important mod you can do. Wish I still had mine, nice having my amp tucked under my arm while carrying my guitar and have a hand free for door knobs or beers.
     

  18. 3fngrs

    3fngrs Tele-Meister

    477
    Oct 30, 2017
    Ohio
    Update:

    This thing is sounding better everytime I play it!

    Haven't had a chance to order a replacement for the preamp tube that blew so I'm still running the factory tube. The new power amp tube is holding up and everything seems to be settling in well.

    My buddy was over the other day and couldn't believe how much better it sounds. It's definitely louder, tighter and has more...texture?

    Anyway, for an amp with just an on/off switch and a volume knob, I'm really loving this thing. It also works great with pedals. I'm starting to think I'm going to just mic it through a PA once I start jamming again.
     
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  19. MrHamburger

    MrHamburger Tele-Meister

    152
    Jun 24, 2014
    Portlandia
    Won’t be long now until you graduate to a Pro Junior...
     

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