Just picked up this Champ for $140. What to do?

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  1. MarkieMark

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    Good deal.
    I've wanted one of those for years and looked high and low for a deal like that. Really annoying!
     
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  2. 100LL

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    great deal. where did you find it (out of curiosity).

    I'll have to start looking there :)
     
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    Silverface is correct.
    Get a tech to replace the old electrolytic capacitors and the busted pot.
    Don't change out the tubes unless they test bad, and make sure that you get to take the supposedly bad ones home with you.
    Vintage USA tubes are far superior to the tubes made today. My amps use 50 70 year old tubes exclusively.
     
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    Great deal there....way to go!
     
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    Take it here in Houston, great guy and works on the amps of the high profile guys. No I'm not affiliated. He has done repair work for me before and upgrades.

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  6. soundchaser59

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    SPOT FREAKING ON!

    It might sound ok, but it's not. Don't risk it. Get it serviced now. And don't let the guy tell you this is ok, that's ok, etc. Tell him to do the cap job whether he thinks it needs it or not. Don't take it to one of those "just what it needs and nothing more" techs. If an old cap goes out without warning you will be lucky if all it does is blow the fuse. That's why I suggested letting Jim Frenzel work on it. Absolutely honest, absolutely unimpeachable work, and super reasonable price.

    And don't let anyone change the tubes for you. They will tell you it needs new tubes but really they just want those original tubes and they hope you don't know what the original tubes are worth.
     
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    Waiting on your call.
     
  8. Silverface

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    Have that 3-prong cord checked as well. About half the replacement ones I see are wired incorrectly. The hot side must run through both the fuse and ;ower switchbefore being connected to the transformer; the neutral side is connected directly to a transformer wire, and the ground should be soldered directly to the chassis with a 100W or higher iron (don't use soldering guns around music gear - they won't hurt amps but can demagnetize pickups. I prefer they not be in the same room.

    if he hot and neutral wires are reversed you could end up with a hot chassis - touch the chassis and ground and there's a chance of electrocution - ot at least a nasty, burning chock!
     
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    check out the "40 watts of whoop ass" mod and load it with a good FULL RANGE speaker.
    and definitely put a grounded power cord on
     
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    I've had two over the years and a Bronco as well. Never been impressed by any of them and didn't keep them very long.
     
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    Congrats, I got a champ II in full working order for around the same price in the UK, a couple of years ago, love it, I went into music shop for a champ 600, guy did me a favour selling me the champ II
     
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    Probably $350 if you fix the grill cloth and warped baffle and get it working correctly.
     
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    Great deal. As the others have said get it checked.
     
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    I don't know much about amps, but if it were me I'd do very little to it cosmetically besides clean it. I think it looks cool a bit scruffed up like it is.
     
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    Congrats!
     
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    Resale? Nope. I would fix this thing and play till death
     
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    I agree with the get it serviced and leave the grill cloth alone crowd. I remember getting a Champ of about that era as part of a deal on a 71 Strat I bought. I had a "no silverface Fenders in the house" rule and sold it for $100. I thought I was being clever but actually I wasn't and should have kept it. Thankfully we did keep the Roland Bee Baa and Maestro Phaser that also came in as part of the deal.
     
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    You have several choices. You could probably flip it tomorrow for twice what you paid without spending a cent. You could get it re-capped and looked over well by a tech for maybe $200 tops. If it needs more than that, the decision becomes tougher. But I wouldn't restore it because you may not get that money back. An old amp with genuine wear is quite appealing to many of us. We won't pay big bucks for museum pieces.
     
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    I even like the warped baffle board, mucho mojo!
     
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    Great deal man!!! Fix her up and rock out! I've seen these go for 5-600 easy, so you got plenty of wiggle room for repairs ;) Cool!
     
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