How to date a Hot Rod DeVille?

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  1. Strawfields

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    Take her to a monster truck convention?
     
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    nah, "dinner and a movie" - we all know how that ends up
     
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    Both are quite good, I prefer the 212, no need to second-guess your purchase.
     
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    I just aqcuired a Hod Rod Deville 212 a couple days ago in a trade. I believe this amp is a second generation, but I'm not sure. I haven't checked the date code yet. But, this amp looks absolutely brand new. It appears to have never been used. I never really gave these much of a thought until this one came along. It sure sounds great on the clean channel. Any way of knowing which generation these are from?
     
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    Actually, there are any number of techs who think that 15-20 years of service for the electrolytic capacitors in an amp is a good run. After that, it may be worth it to have them replaced - as sometimes, when they fail (and particularly the large filtering caps) they can take your power transformer out. Which then becomes a repair for which the cost approaches the value of the amp. Having a tech do that job may cost on the order of $100-120, give or take how well you get along with your tech.

    And there are techs who think that you don't need to replace them until they fail. You'll have to consider your own economics to evaluate the decision.

    If you have any experience looking at schematics or layout drawings, here is a link to view this info for the Hot Rod Deville:
    https://www.thetubestore.com/lib/thetubestore/schematics/Fender/Fender-Hot-Rod-Deville-Schematic.pdf

    If you can do the work yourself, you might want to at least examine all the electrolytic caps very soon and look for leakage. If not, you may want to look into finding a reliable and convenient tech to help you out.

    whichever, best of luck with the amp.
     
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    keithb7 Friend of Leo's

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    i have found that these more modern Fender amps have a date printed on the main circuit board. Try taking the upper rear cover off and look for the date. A typical example in a 94 Vibro-King. I believe "0294" = Feb 1994.

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    You could try sending the serial # to Fender in an email.
     
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    Or.... we could try sending your post back to 2008.... ;-)
     
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    Was that a good year? :)
     
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