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Blues Deluxe/Deville and RI BD's

Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by SteveY, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. SteveY

    SteveY Tele-Afflicted

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    I'll start.
    A friend has an original Blues Deluxe, and I have the Blues Deluxe RI.

    I have also had Hot Rod Deluxe and HRDevilles, as well as Bassman LTD (RI).

    What I like about my BD RI is that it has a definite tweed Bassman flavor, but a nice reverb and is lighter to schlep than even the pine cab LTD Bassman.

    It can be lots louder than I run it, but the sound starts to blow apart if too loud. A Hot Rod Deluxe I had was worse that way though.

    I run a Tele w Nocaster pu's into #2 on the clean side of things and really like the overall effect and character.
    For distortion I use a pedal, but I do like the growl of the drive setting sometimes (a little goes a long ways).:cool:
     
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    Are you going to include the Deluxe and Blues Jr's in here also?
    They are all part of the Hot Rod series aren't they?
     
  3. SteveY

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    Sure why not?
    I'm not into exclusive.
    It's just that I got a new RI Blues Deluxe so I'm enthusiastic about that one and any associated models. Like I said, the clean channel on many of these series has a tweed bassman component that I like.
    I had a BF Deluxe RI a few years ago, and a Blues Jr (asa well as a couple different Pro Jrs).
    It's all good.
     
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    Warren Pederson Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I had an older (early-mid nineties) Tweed Blues Deville with 2 12's. It was a pig. Way too loud and in the neighbourhood I was living I never did get a chance to crank it till it sounded good. It had clean to spare but I needed grit. Bought a Peavey Classic 30 and a Fender Blues Junior. The Blues Junior just never gave me the sound I was after. Traded it on a Fender Pro Junior and I like the PJ a lot better. I run it through a Peavey 112 Sheffield closed back cab and it rocks. I like it with the PJ speaker too. Still have my Peavey Classic 30, couldn't live without it. Definately my favorite amp I have owned or tried other than the Gibson Falcon I had back in the 60's.
     
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    I have a BD ri that I love. Do you guys really think it has a bassman flavor to it. I always thought of it as a poor mans deluxe reverb on channel 1, and blues jr but louder on channel 2.
     
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    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity

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    :DHello there, I'll join this club too.

    I have a '93 original Blues Deluxe.
    changed the stock speaker to an old Celestion G12 H 100W wich sounds so much better and tighter in the bass department.

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  7. SteveY

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    LOL!

    Now THAT'S a right interesting pic!
     
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    Well, I guess Im in then.
    I have a brand new HRDX that Im pretty happy with. My only real complaint is ITS SOOO DAMM LOUD!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Middleman Friend of Leo's

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    My BDRI is a year and a half old. I just don't get enought time with it. I need to spend this weekend and run it through the paces. My Blues Junior and old Vibrolux get most of my time.
     
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    Yeah, the volume pots are squirrely on all these.

    Some guys switch to a 12AT7, or 12AY7 (or even 12AU7), in their V1 position.

    I like clean so I just use the #2 input, which is padded, and turn down my guitar.
     
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    Esaaal Poster Extraordinaire

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    Here's my combo. Hope you like it!
     

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    Hi everyone,

    I've just joined the club with an almost new BDRI just picked up 2 nights ago. I've got a Pro Jnr, 2 x Blues Jnr's and a Peavey Classic 30. The BDRI is replacing the Peavey. I'm not sure it's any better - but it definitely sounds differnt. I just wanted a change.

    I had considered other amps like the DRRI for a while, but I read that theBDRI is pedal friendly, which is real important to me since I use pedals for all my gain sounds

    I don't have that many gigs which are loud enough to warrant anything louder than my two Blues Jnr's, but Iwas offered a pretty good deal on this amp and I couldn't resist.

    All I've had a chance to audition on my new amp is the low volume clean sound, which is excellent. there is certainly an abundance of bass compared to my smaller amps!

    I'll let you know how it goes if I get to use the amp during any larger gigs.
     
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    interesting - sort of "bedroom headroom" in that amp?
     
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    well, I photoshopped that pic when someone asked about the best bedroom amp. :lol: it made some chuckle.
     
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    The volume pots are quite annoying because they are linear tapers, right?
    has anyone done the mod to change them for logarithmic pots?

    It's been on my list for a long time, but i just haven't gotten to it yet. :rolleyes:
     
  16. SteveY

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    I'm not sure that's true.
    A lot of reviews on Harmony Central claim that, but one guy says he changed his and it was the same afterwards. So I'm not sure that is the reason for the notchy taper.
    It seems to be the case with ALL these HR/BD Dlx/Deville amps.

    I can live with mine as-is.
     
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    +1 These things can't go below 2 but after that they seem pretty consistent up the dial. My BD is so loud I play with it a lot on 2. In fact at a gig recently where there was a drunk guy... and this is a Sunday afternoon show... the drunk guy goes, "you guys are good, but do you have to be so f#@$ing loud!"

    After that I realized I needed to find something a little smaller for little bars.
     
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    Hmm, maybe that one guy on HC didn't do it right?
    on Justin Holt's page, he says it's even printed in the schematics!
    it sure makes sense to me.
    http://studentweb.eku.edu/justin_holton/jvmods.html

     
  19. SteveY

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    Huh.

    Well thanks for that!

    This place should be and can be a clearinghouse for info on these amps.
    If/when I ever get inside this chassis, I'll have to make sure I refer to that page (now bookmarked). Thanks again!
     
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    I've been happily gigging my BDRI for 2 1/2 years now. I doubt it would stand up for a travelling guy, but for my weekend stuff it does just fine.

    I have a 12AY7 in V1 for a little more clean headroom.

    I've been considering trying a different reverb tank. I've never bonded with the reverb.
     
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