Shouldn't the later ones use 7591s? The 450 volt higher power pentodes? Thars the usual reason given for them not being more desirable/highly rated as a collectible.
Well, the issue is that these lower wattage but cleaner amps were only made by a few companies over a period of roughly 15 years (1953-1968), and when Ampeg got bought out and transitioned to their own silverface line, they got a lot hotter and more aggressive. Companies figured out that their target audience was rock musicians around 68 and started making beefy, loud, dirty amps.You have to go back to 1964 to find an amp that’s better than a Deluxe Reverb? I’d say that’s a pretty good argument for the DR.
Based on The Benson amp. I have this, and it's very good, but I've considered The Milkman
Egg-zactly. I don’t know where OP is finding these amps for $300, but it’s not on Reverb, eBay or Marketplace.Premise rejected.
As soon as that 5 year warranty is up, the amp is gonna fail. The filter caps are completely prone to failure in a short period of time. The resistors will burn the PCB as well.5 year warranty?
The reissue Reverberockets are $300, these are $800.Egg-zactly. I don’t know where OP is finding these amps for $300, but it’s not on Reverb, eBay or Marketplace.
Cheaper and will hold value substantially better - Source? If you look on Reverb, eBay and Marketplace, the Deluxe Reverb holds is value very well.
May come with a vintage Jensen speaker worth ~$200 - and may not
Louder and cleaner - possibly
When it breaks up, it sounds better than a DRRI - that’s totally subjective
Tubes last longer - Souce?
More solidly built - what’s your criteria? I’ve had my DRRI since the 90’s and it’s been in the shop once.
Needs less maintenance and is cheaper+easier to repair - Again, you source? How is one tube amp cheaper or easier to repair than another? That doesn’t make sense.
It's a cool collection piece - so is a DRRI, which is why it’s in so many collections. ;-)
Sorry, but your premises are just opinions. Nothing wrong with an opinion, but it’s not a fact and doesn’t really prove anything.
Not on eBay or Reverb they aren't. I checked before I posted this and I just checked again.The reissue Reverberockets are $300, these are $800.
Wow. Then it's simply amazing how many thousands of the RI amps have defied this 3-5 year lifespan and are still running strong after a couple decades. What are the odds? Incredible!As soon as that 5 year warranty is up, the amp is gonna fail. The filter caps are completely prone to failure in a short period of time. The resistors will burn the PCB as well.
The electrolytics in a brand new DRRI have a lifespan of roughly 3-5 years. Any aftermarket electrolytic will last 10-20.