Dating a Yard Sale Score-5a3 DeLuxe

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  1. t-luxe

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    Picked up an old 5A3 at a yard sale today-not sure how original the speaker and tranformer are. PT is a Triad, # 6452. Looks like its gonna need a little work!
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    Great find!
     
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    Wow! :eek: Very nice...

    Can I ask how much you paid for it?
     
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    Wow! Yard Sale????? Dang! Nice Find!
     
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    If that speaker is original it is dayed 1949 so the amp could be a 1949 or possibly 1950. It is a field coil speaker, so it's probably the original. How much did you have to pay for it?
     
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    According to the article on Dating Fender amps by serial numbers, it's a 1949.

    Deluxe 5A3, 5B3 (tweed)
    001 to 800 - 1948
    800 to 1900 - 1949
    1900 to 3000 - 1950
    3000 to 5400 - 1951
    5400 to 6800 - 1952
    6800 to 7300 - 1953
     
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    WOW ! I'm sure you know that could be worth some money please be careful what you do with it and who you get to work on it.
    How about somee gut shots ?
     
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    Hey, thanks for the info guys. The guy is my neighbor and I didn't even know he had this thing. He's an old radio buff. He did a re-cap and changed a few resistors but the trouble is, he just snipped off the old components and spliced the new onto the old leads--ARRGGHH! So its gonna need some major work, tho he said it was working. I wish I had found it before he 'Fixed" it! I paid $450, but he threw in a B&k tube tester and two sets of tubes, which I have to pick up tomorrow.
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    I think that some people prefer that the caps are done that way as to not disturb the original solder joints.
     
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    Hope so! Thanks.
     
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    Nice find! All I find at yard sales is baby clothes and warped tupperware.
     
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    My sentiments exactly. Now to find a good tech in the Santa Barbara County area...
     
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    Looks like it's already been fixed but what the heck you got a heck of a deal.
    Hows it sound?
     
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    Heh. I saw that he had a bunch of old radio stuff for sale and so went over to check it out. He had a ton of old tubes for sale but no audio tubes, sadly.
    As I was leaving, I turned around and asked him if he had any old music amps. He said "Well. I've got this little Fender somewhere in the garage-come and take a look." When I saw that TV front cab sticking up out of a pile of stuff I just about fainted! It took about 20 minutes to find all the parts,- he still owes me the tubes and hardware as soon as he digs them out.
     
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    Haven't tried it yet- He's supposed to bring me the (original, I hope)tubes tomorrow along with a spare set(I'm hoping NOS!), and the rest of the hardware for the handle and baffle. I need to check it out first before firing it up-it needs a 3-prong cord and I noticed a few hacked/missed solder joints. I'm a little reluctant to use that speaker, as well.
     
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    Cool amp... smokin deal even if it needs a little work.

    I have a 1949 Deluxe too... I bought mine on ebay a while back from a guy named Zappa, I will always wonder if he was related to Frank... Mine has the incorrect grill cloth, it was painted black and most of the black was removed, the caps were replaced and the speaker is a repro Jensen alnico.

    There is a youtube with a sound file made using the Deluxe on my 2012 build thread.
    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/2012-tdp...lenge-build-thread-compled-5.html#post4159885

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    Very Cool!;)
     
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    That is the way I do it but some agree with that and some do not. To each their own.
     
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    Yep, a perfectly valid repair if it's done neatly.
     
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