Any love for the Music Man Sixty Five RP Combo?

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  1. Jack Clayton

    Jack Clayton Tele-Meister

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    I love that vintage fender tone, and I've got some amps I'm hoping to sell to raise money for something new. In a perfect world, I'd be wanting a Princeton reverb, but those don't go for cheap anymore. There's a local guy selling a Music Man Sixty Five 112 RP for $600, and I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on it.

    Thanks
     
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  2. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I owned one about 35 years ago, twas decent, but not outstanding, then I got the 130 watt 2x12 version, but the best
    Musicman I owned was the 112RD 50watter. Think I would prefer a Deluxe RI to all of them though
     
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    Had an RP 100 for a couple of years, very loud, very heavy. The cleans were lovely but you need a pedal for overdrive. Built like a tank too. Good amps.
     
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    I owned and gigged one for 5 years. It was a great and reliable workhorse. The tone was very immediate and tight, which could be good or bad depending on what you needed. The natural overdrive from cranking the "volume" and turning down the "master" was actually pretty punchy - not too distorted but had a very in-your-face Duane Allman honkiness. The tight response combined with the built in phaser gave the most accurate Eddie Hazel "California Dreamin" tone you could ask for.

    It was a great amp and I miss it sometimes, but it lacked the bloom and airiness of full tube amps. It didn't have the 3D quality of a good Fender blackface amp. If the sound of a Music Man amp works for your playing, it's one of the most reliable and low-maintenance amps you can get.
     
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    I have had this old girl since '83.
    Sixty-five watt single 15.
    Literally have played over a thousand gigs with it.

    its a '73, one of the first ones made.
    On the plus side, it sounds great. Leo Fender Reverb tank, cool Vibrato, Half-Power option which i use most of the time.
    Lots of headroom and the Cleans are LOUD!
    Takes Pedals very well.
    Built like a Tank.

    Minus side, it does not sound Modern, for that, you need pedals.
    And it weighs Lot but, I have Casters.

    Over all this time I have had to change out the Power Tubes twice.
    Did the Caps as well. One time, I had to change a Tube Socket and some Ballast Resistors.


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    Have it looked at to make sure everything is up to spec.
    Make sure the Caps and Tube Sockets are good or, at least serviceable.

    Leo turned the Voltage UP on the 6550's in the Output section to over 700 Volts.

    I have taken great care of my amp, make sure the last owner did the same.
     
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    anything MM - you better love it because you'll have a HARD time selling it. MM stuff is heavy too. LOUD. Kind of one step better than Peavey.
     
  8. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Possibly the same model amp that Phil Emmanuel used for years, though it may have been the 100 watt version?
    Anyway, some good tones here, amp, tele with EMG strat pickups, a boss overdrive, a Roland 501 for delay. Stellar playing too, naturally
     
  9. adjason

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    $600 is high for that amp. I've owned a 212 65 and a 210 65 and currently a rd50. They play well but I don't get the same sound as a good silverface Fender and I have not found a way to make them sound good overdriven either. Cool amps but try before you buy
     
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    Very early 65s came with Fat Boy 6CA7/EL34, later ones have 6L6. It is a lot easier to get the EL34 version to bark than the 6L6 version.
     
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    I had a 210-65 that sounded great but was a bear to haul around. Replaced it with a Tech21 60 watt combo.
     
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    I have had several since they were originaly released. They're ok. Not great,not terrible. That hybrid preamp is fussy. The earliest ones prior to the RP series are better.
     
  13. ReverendRevolver

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    Theres a PRRI on reverb right now for $625, $50 shipping.

    A DRRI for $649 local pickup in California.

    If you're after a princeton, and can spend $600, another $75 or less can get you one.

    If you like the MM, cool. Prris go around $700 or just south of it frequently.
     
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