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Show us your old vintage amps

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by theleman, Feb 4, 2018.

  1. pondcaster

    pondcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    53
    Nov 29, 2010
    Tryon, NC
    Late '70s Pro Reverb that's been hanging around the house for a few years. A loaner but not sure if we'll have to give it back or not? Owner is collector and fine with us keeping it for,... well who knows?

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  2. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    I am interested!
    Electronic or paper?
    BTW...For you MOTS people...the covering started to detatch and wrinkle; I heated it with a blowdrier which did NOT shrink it, but when I came back to it and it had cooled, it actually tightened up considerably.
     

  3. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    56
    Mar 17, 2003
    Spring City, Pa
    I was in a band with a harp player who gigged one of these regularly. IIRC, the only "control" was an on/off switch.
     

  4. teletimetx

    teletimetx Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

    Jul 25, 2011
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, I put some photos up last time around, but here's one - and I realized I don't really have any good pictures of it - SF Bassman, drip edge, glorious roar with the channels jumpered, came with original 2 X 15 cab. I forget about this sometimes, because I bought it 50/50 with a audio engineer friend, who keeps it in his recording studio. I've gigged with it a few times.

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    the Gibson GA 8T, and yeah the trem on the Gibson's is it's own glorious thing.

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    Because "only a Gibson is confusing enough" (an expression I learned here), this was sort of a surprise - most of the schematics I could find made it seem like this was a single EL-84, but here's what I found instead:

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    Isn't that the cutest little OT? ...turns out the closest layout I could find looks like an equivalent to the Epiphone EA-35T (but I could be way off here, just my take on it):


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  5. Nickfl

    Nickfl Tele-Holic

    919
    May 24, 2016
    Florida
    Silvertone 1484 with a distinctly not original cab...

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    Silvertone 1459

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    Late 70s Vibrolux Reverb

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    I've also got a sliverface Musicmaster Bass amp, but don't seem to have any pics of that one...
     
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  6. pirate19

    pirate19 TDPRI Member

    45
    Jul 28, 2016
    Chicago
    How do you like the Musicmaster Bass amp? There's one local that I have been lusting after--may have to grab it
     

  7. GearHund

    GearHund Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    447
    Apr 9, 2008
    East, Tx
    Here's one from the 60's that I don't think many have seen: Firstman Vanguard:



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  8. Nickfl

    Nickfl Tele-Holic

    919
    May 24, 2016
    Florida
    I don't know that I like it as much as some people seem to... its good, not great. Stock (with the original speaker) it sounded kind of muddy and bland, I put a WGS reaper HP in it, which made it tighter and quite a bit louder, but still not great. When I recapped it and installed a fuse, I did a couple of mods to the input and tone control to make it more guitar friendly and that made it much more usable, I might at some point put the original speaker back to see how it sounds with the mods because I don't think the reaper is really quite right for the amp. YMMV, I like it enough that I'm not planning on selling it, but its not a holy grail amp by any means.
     
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  9. pirate19

    pirate19 TDPRI Member

    45
    Jul 28, 2016
    Chicago
    Thanks, I'll play through it and all that, but good to hear your perspective on it. Like you said, usually people rave about them like they are hidden gems. I love my SF Champ w/ a 10" Weber, so definitely interested in checking out another SF. I guess I'm essentially looking for it to be a higher-powered, bigger cab/speaker Champ...
     

  10. Nickfl

    Nickfl Tele-Holic

    919
    May 24, 2016
    Florida
    Don't expect it to be a big champ, it is a very different circuit. Its actually very similar to some of the old Gibson amps that use a transformer for the phase inverter instead of a tube. Also keep in mind that there are two versions of the MMB, the earlier versions used 6aq5 power tubes while the later ones used 6v6. Mine is a 6v6 amp for what that is worth... which is probably not a lot, they are equivalent tubes with different pinouts. This is making me want to get mine out and play it again, maybe it deserves another chance!
     
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  11. pirate19

    pirate19 TDPRI Member

    45
    Jul 28, 2016
    Chicago
    Thanks again--the one near me is the 6aq5 version. I'll just have to play it an decide, but your input is appreciated
     

  12. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    my ugly old amp

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    it's a thing of beauty
     

  13. Nickfl

    Nickfl Tele-Holic

    919
    May 24, 2016
    Florida
    Keeping things on the topic of the thread, here's a pic of mine:

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    I played it for a while tonight. After reconnecting with it, I'd up my rating a bit, with the caveat that it sounds best with the right pedal in front of it. I had definitely played it before with a tube screamer with unremarkable results, tonight I tried my Rangemaster clone and a King of Tone clone and it seemed to like those much better. The natural tone is fine, but it always sounded better with one or both of those pedals on.
     
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  14. pirate19

    pirate19 TDPRI Member

    45
    Jul 28, 2016
    Chicago
    Hmmm interesting. I have a bunch of drive/fuzz pedals. Might be fun to try them all...stupid GAS
     

  15. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    My first amp. A DeArmand, which i now know is an R5T. Apparently kinda rare. Joe Bonamassa shows his off.
    I wish I'd taken better care...
     

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  16. muscmp

    muscmp Tele-Holic

    745
    Jul 1, 2008
    california
    here you go. missing my sears silvertone 1482, 83 boogie, 75 silverface vibro champ and 76 silverface champ.

    play music!

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  17. greebo830

    greebo830 TDPRI Member

    Age:
    46
    62
    Feb 23, 2009
    stockport
    Go on then I'll play.

    1976 Marshall JMP 2099 Bass 100 watt Head
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    1977 Marshall JMP 2199 Master Lead Combo
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    1977 Marshall JMP 2201 Lead 30 (autographed by Jim Marshall in 2004)
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    1981 Vox Escort 30 Lead
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    1983 Vox Escort 50 Lead
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  18. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Tele-Meister

    Okay!

    1963 Gretsch 6150T in mint condition.
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    1971 Fender Champ
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    1973 Traynor YRM-1 Reverb Master
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    1977 Maestro Echoplex
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    Bob
     
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  19. Gibsonsmu

    Gibsonsmu Tele-Meister

    445
    May 7, 2015
    Texas
    IMG_1440.JPG IMG_1604.JPG Here are a few 73' hiwatt, 58' Harvard, 63' concert and a 1965 Park top mount. (Had a new head unit built for it) IMG_1414.JPG IMG_1153.JPG
     

  20. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's

    Oct 1, 2011
    Tampa, Fl
    Only one right now, but it is a good one.


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