NAD: 65 PRRI FSR Bordeaux with 12” Jensen

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  1. fjrabon

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    Well I had about a thousand dollars of returns at guitar center (demoed a headrush and... eh... I’m an amp guy).

    I kind of wanted a small, light amp for very small clubs and rehearsal that I could really lay into and get a nice blues crunch, but roll off and clean up. Built in reverb and tremolo are a huge plus, as those are the only effects I absolutely need.

    I’ve been eyeing one of these FSR Princetons for a while and finally pulled the trigger since it wasn’t new cash out of my pocket.

    Took my tele, 335 and LP equally well. Took pedals very well but also didn’t need pedals. Could get a ton of tones out of it just going straight in and using the guitars controls.

    Such a gorgeous amp.

    Will get the full maiden voyage Saturday during rehearsal. Plan on just bring her and my mini-board: wah, tuner, Tumnus, clean boost, delay.


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    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    Love to hear your report. Hoping the 12" cures the flabby bass at higher volumes.
     
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    So far it has at home. Will play it during rehearsal tomorrow
     
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    Which Marshall is behind it? It's gorgeous.
     
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    I'm a prri65 fan.

    Lately I've been plugging into input 2 and cranking it to 8, sounds pretty dang good.
     
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    It’s an origin 20W in a 1974X cab with a UK G12H 55hz
     
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    That is what I was goiing to ask! Love that Marshall!
     
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    I have the tweed 65 Princeton reissue with the 12 inch Eminence C597D657-26EC-4DCE-BD44-D09EEF9060D5.jpeg Cannabis Rex speaker that Sweetwater sells. It does everything I wanted it to do and then some. Breaks up at around 7. Great pedal amp. Have fun with that beauty.
     
  9. fjrabon

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    Yep. It’s been and still is my go to gigging amp. It’s the reason I didn’t get a deluxe. I figured I’d actually never end up playing the deluxe, because I’d always play the Marshall in any situation the deluxe would work. The Princeton is a different tool, and I really prefer the bias trem over the opti trem.

    I love my vintage drip edge super, but it’s just a beast volume, size and weight wise.
     
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    Did some tube rolling with stuff I had on hand.

    Tung Sol reissue in V1, NOS GE 5 star 12AZ7 in V2, kept the stock sovtek (I think) GT in V3, Sovtek LPS in the PI.

    Most noticeable difference is the NOS GE gave the reverb a more usable range and REALLY warmed the reverb up. I like a nice warm reverb as opposed to a “crystalline” reverb, so that was good to me.

    The crunch seemed to smooth out a little when running the amp hot.

    The pre-amp gain dropped somewhat: 6 on the volume became 8 for the same volume level.

    Overall nothing earth shattering, although I am happier with the reverb and the character of the breakup. The clean tone is mostly unchanged.
     
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    Ya. Speakers do wonders in that.
    I put nos 5751 in V1 and some NOS power tubes.
     

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    Kind of want to try out my G12H55hz Celestion in it, although I think I don’t want the added efficiency.
     
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    Congrats! I have the same amp.
     
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    Before you go down the rabbit hole of NOS tubes and endless speaker exchanges, get one of these:

    https://www.tedweber.com/bias-rite-instructions/

    Without the "right" bias, you're running your amp like a guitar with the pickups lowered as far as they go, then blaming the anemic sound on the brand of strings.

    Find the "Goldilocks" setting for your amp. New PRRIs are factory biased cold at 19 mA or so, when 24-27 mA is 1000% better, warmer, less brittle, at-the-edge-of-breakup-creamy-goodness.
     
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    Stylin’!
     
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    I had that same amp for a while and loved it. I tried a bunch of different speakers in it but decided the stock Jensen sounded best. Never should have sold it.
     
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    some pics of some super nice amps in here
     
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    What does FSR stand for in the name?
     
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