Old Valco reverb unit

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Tomm Williams, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Tomm Williams

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    51F111FC-03B7-45C4-B8B5-037B505ECD46.jpeg D7D3A9E5-4678-4FC0-8236-3C11318CFCB2.jpeg Ok, not exactly an amp but it has tubes and I know the folks who visit this sub forum will appreciate it.
    It is a ‘64 Valco reverb that was sold under the Airline name (Montgomery Wards?)
    I picked it up as a companion to my ‘56 Gretsch (Valco) Executive which has tremolo but no reverb. It works but needs servicing pretty badly and is headed to Fargen Amps perhaps this weekend to be dropped off.
    Still has the original cardboard box tank which I’ll have switched out as well as a butchered up 2-prong cord.
    I love tube driven outboard reverb units !!
     
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    I would stay with the original tank in the cardboard box, my old Airline amp sounds great with one. (As I recall there is a Gibbs/Hammond sticker in the box on mine).
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  4. Tomm Williams

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    Wow thanks Wally, that thread went into great detail concerning servicing these units. I’m going to forward it to Ben Fargen in case he’d like to take a look at it.
     
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    If it it works do not change the tank! All you’ll do is reduce the value. Just have a 3-prong cord installed, electrolytic caps replaced, sockets cleaned and pots cleaned/lubed (plus replace tubes and any seriously off-spec parts).

    But always keep vintage gear as original as possible. Those are rare finds, and replacing the working tank would be a mistake IMO.
     
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