Deluxe Reverb reissue transformers okay for handwired build?

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  1. heave1

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    Are the Deluxe Reverb reissue transformers suitable for a hand wired build? I have a chance at a cheap DRRI and I wanted to convert it to hand wired.
    Before anyone asks why, it's just a hobby I like doing. It's not for playing or reselling. Purely for fun.
     
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    Good thing you mentioned that, because nobody in this forum would understand why *anyone* would want to tear apart a perfectly good modern amplifier and rebuild it using 100-year old technology. Nope. No sirree.

    The best way to tell if the transformers would work is to look up the data sheets for each, and compare PT-PT and OT-OT, etc. Same number and type of taps, similar voltage and current, for each one.
     
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    I've done it. Worked out fine.
    Here's another thought: Many say to drill out the chassis and faceplate to install vintage style pots which require larger holes for mounting.. I reused the RI pots and simply soldered the wire to the PCB solder tabs on the pots wrapping one turn of wire around each.
    These modern pots were smooth and consistent and worked fine.
     
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    What about the DRRI choke, Output transformer and reverb driver? Are they suitable?
     
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    yes
     
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    Go ahead, if it pleases you to do so. Many of our esteemed colleagues have converted everything from the DRRI to the '59 Bassman RI and LTD RI.
     
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    You can buy conversion boards. I personally wouldn't bother. It will sound exactly the same given the same tubes, speakers etc.

    Rather than ruin a perfectly good amp, I'd flip it and buy a kit or the transformers and components to build one. Then build what you really want.
     
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    Are tube holes small enough for tube sockets on chassis if it has CB mounted sockets?
     
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    I’m not sure where Fender sources their transformers, but they seem to be very good quality. I hand wired a 68 Custom Deluxe using the original transformers and the end result sounded great. I added reverb and tremolo on both channels, voiced the channels differently, added a NFB switch, a bright switch... there's lots of opportunity for modification and customization. If you want to do this project, then go for it and don't worry that the transformers will hold you back. Nothing wrong with that iron.
     
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    The reissue amps have the tube sockets already mounted to the chassis, which are then hand wired to the circuit boards. So no issues there... (this is where the Fender design, is better than most other PCB amp designs).
     
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    I know nothing about that kinda smart stuff.
    However, I DO know that when I had my 68 Custom Deluxe Reverb Reissue torn apart and rebuilt as a hand wired amp with all the stuff I wanted, the builder kept the stock transformer.

    New hand wired board vs stock PCB below.
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    Super drippy reverb and throbbing bias tremolo.
     
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    At some point, the circuit board may become problematic, but if it works well now, I don't think I'd bother. By all accounts, it's a great amp as is.
     
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    The Schumacher iron Fender uses is as good as anything else you can get these days. Fender and Schumacher go all the way back to 1960.

    Schumacher iron can be identified by a “606” stamped into the end bell of the transformers.
     
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    Thanks a lot for all the info. I think it would be a fun project. I knew some couldn't resist. Ha.
     
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