Hello Fellow Enthusiasts! I have a the aforementioned amp and it has been refurbished w/ new Tolex, a new 12" Celestion speaker and yes - the "black cap of death" has been professionally removed. There is ONE issue though... it burns through pre-amp tubes when volume is increased. I suspect that a capacitor is fried and has been rendered non-functional but that is the only issue - OK, yes a big one. I'll post pics if anyone is interested.. There are a LOT of amps more powerful and interesting than this one for far less money, but we'll discuss later as I'm right now only trying to discern interest level. She is a classic - as some of you well know. I really do not want to ship this and I live in AC 202 Cheers!