Show us your old vintage amps

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

  1. pondcaster

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    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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    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

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    I was in a band with a harp player who gigged one of these regularly. IIRC, the only "control" was an on/off switch.
     
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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Here's one from the 60's that I don't think many have seen: Firstman Vanguard:



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    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

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    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...
     
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    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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    Thanks again--the one near me is the 6aq5 version. I'll just have to play it an decide, but your input is appreciated
     
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    my ugly old amp

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    it's a thing of beauty
     
  13. Nickfl

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    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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    Hmmm interesting. I have a bunch of drive/fuzz pedals. Might be fun to try them all...stupid GAS
     
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    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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    here you go. missing my sears silvertone 1482, 83 boogie, 75 silverface vibro champ and 76 silverface champ.

    play music!

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    Go on then I'll play.

    1976 Marshall JMP 2099 Bass 100 watt Head
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    Okay!

    1963 Gretsch 6150T in mint condition.
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    Only one right now, but it is a good one.


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