Dual Showman

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  1. dickey

    dickey Friend of Leo's

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    00S0S_kJng3ZgmWHe_0lP0t2_600x450.jpg 00A0A_9nQPHDsUD2y_0lP0t2_600x450.jpg I have the chance to buy a mint, original Dual Showman Reverb with the large 2-15" JBL cabinet for a decent price, includes wheels & cover. All original, even with hangtags. Don't plan on gigging this amp, but interested in it as a collector piece & because it will look awesome in my living room.
    Anyone think this is a bad idea?...the amp won't even fit on most of the stages I play on,and barely in the bed of my pickup, but I think it will hold it's value more than any other Silverface. Whaddaya think?
     
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    I can't decide whether you should play through it, or I should form a religion that worships it. That's not a reissue? That amp is over 40 years old? Wowza.
     
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    That has to be the most amazing find I’ve seen since I joined here 8 years ago. That has to be worth a small fortune to a serious collector. I would have thought such a find was near impossible .


    Wow! Great catch!
    I’m near speechless.
     
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    Probably can get it for a good deal since people don’t want large amps anymore, even with it being in great condition

    It is beautiful

    You gotta plug your pedal steels into it
     
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    I keep looking at it and wanting to have a fridge that looks like that and one like an SVT so I can relive our stage in the early 80s every time I want a glass of water or a beer.
     
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    Those were so popular with the bands in my area growing up. Brings back memories.

    That is pristine!!
     
  7. tubegeek

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    Dollar bills rolling off the press are "pristine." This is something even moreso.
     
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    First thing I’d do is set an ashtray and a cold beer right on top ;)
     
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    Ya cool 034063DA-7453-4F89-96E2-420E762D2418.jpeg
     
  10. tubegeek

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    "Ear-splitting REVERB"
    "It's a 'gas'"
     
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    H e a v y !!
     
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    This is beautiful!

    If I'm not mistaken, ' (2) Fender Dual Showman Reverbs ( with cabs)...' Chuck Berry required ( in his rider) wherever he played, as he just showed up with his guitar.
     
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    I'd love to have one. Great with any instrument, keys, bass, guitar, anything. And very good at low volume for home use.

    You just have to be careful about damaging low flying aircraft when you turn it up.
     
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    Hard to tell from the pic - either the back amp and cab covers are new painted wood, or someone re-tolexed it. Seems really clean.

    Hopefully no one did any mods to it, although you'll need to replace the electrolytic filter caps and disconnect the death cap.

    These haven't kept their value as few people need this loud this clean anymore, so hopefully it works well for you and you can get it at a price that makes sense. I owned a '65 Showman and it was just too loud for anything but outdoor shows or as a bass amp into a 2x10 Ampeg cab... sold it 2 years ago.
     
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    There can’t possibly be anything “bad” about that!
    I’ve been “trying” to downsize a bit lately but if I had that opportunity I would have to go for it.
    Pics can be deceiving but that appears to be in immaculate condition. I say buy it, and either take it to a tech or if you know how to do it, re-cap it (I’m sure it needs it based on age) and enjoy the daylights out of it!
    Congratulations on your new amp!:)
     
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    Very cool. Congrats. Yes, it looks good in the living room.
     
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    I don't even like Fender amps but if I had the room for it I'd be tempted
     
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    Right out of college in 1969, that was the amp that I bought. I used it untill it killed our roady and then traded for a Super Reverb. There is no end to how powerful that thing can be, and with the Les Paul Custom, that was just amazing. Our bass player had the matching Bassman, and in one "battle of the bands" all we had to do was show up, and set up.
     
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    Yeah, he was no hero. He had that in his rider because they were hard to get and if the venue could not provide them, he would hold them up for more money. He had other stuff for blackmail as well -- if it was a fly-in he needed to be picked up in a white Cadillac. I remember having to drive 200 miles to get a Dual Showman from S.I.R. for a show, knowing he didn't actually care about the amp, it was all about leverage.

    He also used pickup bands and wouldn't call the song or even the key (which he changed randomly). He would just start playing and must have enjoyed the 4 measures or so of chaos.

    Not a nice man.
     
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    Why did you let the mere death of a roadie part you from such a magnificent amp? Roadies die all the time.
     
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