I Know One Of You Amp Guys Can Answer This in 5 Minutes!

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  1. muchxs

    muchxs Doctor of Teleocity

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    It's like a closed back 4x10" with a 50 watt tube head stacked on top of it. Except it's one piece unless you take a Sawzall to it. Which seems to be pretty common. I have a few Bassman 10 cabinets down the basement someone hacked already.

    Hacking one of these is a quick way to bring the price within reach.

    It's a big long chassis compared to a normal Bassman. I've seen a lot of 'em rode hard and put up wet. Lot of 'em get bent especially around the inputs. I've got a Ten chassis that's twisted, the spot welds are torn out by the PT, it has the dreaded concave front panel with additional damage around the input jacks. You need a welder / autobody technician / amp tech to fix that. Oh, wait. I'm a welder / autobody technician / amp tech.

    There was a real clean one near Poughkeepsie that went out around $300.

    There's $300 worth of potential in there.


    Guys who ask big money for these obviously need the money for drugs.

    :rolleyes:

    Doubt it. The 32 ohm "bass" speakers are weirdballs even if they're intact. I've seen so many of these with kicked- in cones I'm startin' to suspect they left Fullerton like that.
     
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    Commodore 64 Friend of Leo's

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    I have one of the ultralinear ones. It weighs 90lbs.
     
  3. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    I'm topped out at $300 and it just hit $278 with two hours to go.

    By the time I paid their buyers premium and tax and drove 260 miles round trip to get it I would have $450+ in it.

    That's getting into the low end of tweed RI territory

    I'll let you guys know what it sells for.
     
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  4. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    WHOA!

    I actually won it for $301.55!

    After all the nickle and dimeing, it comes out to $360.
     
  5. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats! Give us a tone report at some point down the road bro.
     
  6. bcorig

    bcorig Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I didn’t know much about my equipment in High School but I think I had an amp similar to this. All I recall is 4 speakers and 50W.
    Sold it for $250 in 1968.
     
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  8. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    The Bassman Ten didn't exist in 1968. But in 1969-71 they had the Bantam Bass, which featured a Yamaha Natural Sound speaker!

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    Ok.

    I paid for it and got my Grandson to pick it up.

    First problem, WTF is THIS?

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  10. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    I figured it out.

    Google is your friend.
     
  11. bcorig

    bcorig Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Thanks, I was so dumb back then. I bought a used Country Gentleman in 1966 for $150 and sold it for $250 in '68.
     
  12. TC6969

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    OK.

    Grandson said he solved the plug issue and his tubes are glowing and the jewel light is on but he's getting NO sound.

    What to check next?

    EDIT: This amp came from a high school music dept and was probably just used until it quit with no maintenance in its entire life.
     
  13. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    I asked around the area and found a custom amp builder who sounded like he knew what was going on.

    He said as long as the tubes were glowing, it was fixable and for $50 he could go in and poke around and let me know what it would take to fix it.

    So far I'm in it for $360 + $75 for tubes and his $50 bench fee.

    There are quite a few on Ebay listed from $800 to $1200 so if he can get it going for a few bucks more hopefully I can get out of it without losing my ass.

    He's had it since Friday so I should hear something soon.

    I'll keep ya'll posted.
     
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    Worked great with a Tele for cleans when I used one, good luck with yours...
     
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    The bassist in Khruangbin plays through a Bassman 10.



     
  16. Mike Eskimo

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    Our “bass player” uses one and his tone is good .

    On the other hand, his playing is one of the reasons I’m glad the band is mainly dormant...:lol:
     
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  17. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    I just heard from the guy.

    Like I thought, its a 45 year old virgin amp that had just been played in the High School until it quit then pushed back into the warehouse.

    The guy said the speakers checked out out perfectly and the only thing it needed was a cap job and some kind of bias modification so he could dial in the new tubes.

    He charged me $125.00! :D

    Total cost from the beginning is $560.00

    If the Grand baby doesn't fall in love with it, I'll have no trouble getting my money back!
     
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  19. Pete-Layburn

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    Hi Muchxs,

    I recently purchased a (supposedly) 1976 Bassman Ten that -as you surely guess, I'm not totally happy with.
    The only (approx.) interesting sound I can get out of the amp is when I crank it all the way up and put an OD in front, but even then, it's a bit too harsh and unpleasant sounding, though it has something to it which lets me think that achieving a good sound might be possible with a few mods.
    Looking at all the forums I could find about the amp, I noticed you did a lot of critics on this specific amp, which led me to think I did buy a piece of crap.
    But all you wrote about the amp was a great source of information for me, which I thank you for.
    And I ended up thinking you might be the one to give me all the right advices to try and mod the amp into a better sounding one.
    I know you mentioned the weird 32 Ohms CTS speakers that could need to be replaced but what would you advice as far as electronic is concerned?
    Thanks a lot for your help.
     
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  20. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Telefied Ad Free Member

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    ^^^^^^ are you using your new Bassman 10 - for guitar ? :eek:

    I mean I suppose you could use a Honda accord to haul loose gravel, but why would you?

    We were playing an outdoor gig one time and my amp would not work with the generator power they were supplying us with,so I had to plug-in to our bassist’s Bassman 10 . :(

    He was not using it as he was going into the board.

    I hated every second of that gig...:mad:

     
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