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SF Champ day and an old Thomas Organ Crybaby too

Discussion in 'Glowing Bottle Tube Amp Forum' started by Ringo, Aug 12, 2017 at 9:26 PM.

  1. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    Picked up a SF Champ today, I am thinking it's mid 70s as it has the glued in baffle w separate grill cloth frame.
    It was pretty dirty and has a lot of wear and tear.
    But I cleaned it up some and it's better.

    I plugged it up and it works and sounds good but the speaker is bad, not real loud and it is buzzing some.
    It has what looks like a factory alnico speaker.

    So I'll pull the chassis, clean it up and clean up the cabinet some more, and find a speaker.
    It's been a while but the last Champ I bought didn't have a speaker, I put one of the Jensen MOD 8" 4 ohm speakers in that one and it had a good sound.

    So maybe one of those, or something else.


    And yesterday I got an old Thomas Organ Crybaby, made in Chicago, has the stack of dimes inductor.
    It works and sounds very good, I will eventually do the DPDT switch for true bypass, I figured the pot would be bad but it seems fine, so I will use the factory pot until it dies.
    And it came with a Crybaby manual! I've never seen one before, pretty cool.


    Champ before and after cleaning


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    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017 at 10:18 PM

  2. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN

  3. AlbertaGriff

    AlbertaGriff Tele-Meister

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    Mar 2, 2016
    Alberta, Canada
    Nice, congrats! I picked up a 77 Vibro Champ earlier this year and stuck a WGS G8C in it. Great speaker - meant for this amp.
     

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  5. Riffraff12571

    Riffraff12571 Tele-Holic

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    Sep 30, 2011
    Dutchess County NY
    Congrats. I have a mid '70s Thomas Organ CryBaby too. I got it new when I was just a 14 year old kid. MAN was that a long time ago....LOL.
    It's a great sounding wah.
     

  6. Dacious

    Dacious Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    Weber Sig alnico ribbed. Awesome match in my SFVC. Never should have sold that amp...
     

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