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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by dickey, Aug 25, 2020.
Going to look at it this Saturday.
Music is a business, plain and simple.
Looks great and if the price is right...buy it!
What I always find baffling though is how so many gush over a SF Dual Showman reverb, but hate a SF Twin Reverb....they are the same amp. The SF Twins are not holding their value well these days so not sure what a good price should be for the Dual Showman? If it didn't have the matching cabinet, I don't know if I would pay all that much for it, but having the match is a good find.
The Dual Showmans also saw a lot more stage use than most amps and often showed more wear as a result. Either that one has been restored or it is a stellar find to be that clean.
I had one and it’s a great sounding amp. I played a Stratocaster and acoustic guitar with a Dean Markley Pro Mag pickup through it on stage. I’d guess I coulda run the whole band through it. I honestly never ran it wide open, but man it could sing. A very powerful clean amp. I sold my cab for $100 and played the Showman thru a lighter old Sunn 4X10 cab I got for even less.
IMO it sounds like a twin and I liked the fact that the head was lighter and easier to tote than a twin. I’d never buy one as an investment unless you can buy at 1980s prices, but they do sound really good at almost any volume level above a whisper, to me.
Take me to your Silverface God...
As a guy with a Hiwatt 100 on top of a blue sparkle Kustom 2-15 in my living room, I think it's a fantastic idea.
My back weeps.
cool find. It’s a good investment, even if not practical.
I have one of those (although not that clean!), and it was one of the best gear purchases I’ve ever made. Even if you never play it out anywhere it’s intoxicating to crank it up and feel the music in a way you just can’t with smaller amps. I have gigged with the amp but I used it with a much smaller cabinet.
if it’s working properly, and if the cab has the JBLs, I don’t think you’ll regret having it.
I have a 68 Dual Showman Reverb TFL5000D
... yes those are Super Reverbs stacked next to it.
I'd love to see a pic. of that!
As a bedroom amp, I believe the Dual Showman should be perfectly adequate...
For gigs, I would run two or three ...
Jus' sayin ...
As with any vintage Fender amp, look Very hard at this one with unbiased eyes. Cameras do strange things with grille cloth, but I am not sure that cloth is original. The back panels also give me a bit of a pause but again these are pictures. In person assessments are more accurate. Also, you are going to want to pull the chassis and check out all aspects of the amp....transformer codes, pot codes, electrolytics, reverb tank...everything is to be questioned. I have seen BF Fenders that looked completely correct from the exterior but that had completely rebuilt circuit boards with all new pots on the front panel. Those pots and the blue one and coupling caps were worth some money, and the work fully devalued the collectability of the amps. Caveat emptor.
When I was in high school in the 60's, if you had a Dual Showman, you were "IT"! People would bow to you as you walked the hallways.
One thing to look for is to see if the head cab is prepped for 2x8” speakers. Some were done so at the factory...there is a baffleboard there. Get some of the Eminence high power power 8” Speakers and you have a small gig amp you can carry.
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Big Silver fan, have 68 bassman & 2x12 cab, 68 bandmaster, 74 Super Six & Super. 73 Pro
Big silver fan here as well...late 67 Bassman AB165, 71 Vibrolux Reverb, and wanting to replace the late 67 Showman I stupidly sold a couple years back.
Also owned a 74 Super Six and a 76 Bassman 50 recently. I love silvers!
Fender heads with the original cabs seem to be pretty rare these days. What that means for the value of it, I have no idea. Been about ten years since I saw one of these locally on Craigslist. Guy wanted $900 for it, was supposed to have JBLs. I didn't go look at because you could get two or three Twin Reverbs for $900 at the time.
Be a cool amp to have.