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Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by WildGuitar, Jan 4, 2020.
That's a great find.
Every time this thread title rises to the top I can't help but think this is a family friendly forum where all are welcome.
Tried to keep my hands off it but just couldn't resist any longer.
Damn, lotta finding memories pop up and none involve electronics.
Now of course there's little I haven't already found.
WRT those old National/ Supro/ Valco/ Airline amps, they are a lot like romance in that they are great but they are also terrible.
Fragile in construction but worth the extra effort required to keep them going.
Fixing a broken one?
Hard to say what that will require...
That's not true, it's totally fine to do that. You have to put the synth's master volume on around 2 (on a scale of 0 to 10).
There are synths without a master volume, those you shouldn't put through such an amp, unless you add a mixer or maybe a pedal to lower the output first.
My comments were all in jest guys. A joke. Apparently overlooked by a few folks.
A National-branded Valco like that should be solidly consructed. But it absolutely should go get reviewed by a tech before you start playing with it. Nice find!
I don't think it's good to run synths full tilt through that kind of amp, I've played synths through guitar amps. I don't doubt there are things you could damage with the synth on full, including the speaker.
In my girlfriends basement......I found.......Paradise by the TV light.
I guess they're not really that bad but they have sort of flimsy thin chassis', wood scraps instead of metal ends, loosely mounted large components and it seems like mediocre tolex and cab quality. Compared to vintage Fender and Marshall amps.
Lots of vintage amps were built even worse of course.
Nationals were the best built of the Valco line. There were some basically identical amps built for Montgomery Ward (Airline) and then for Valco itself (National ) and the National ones are much better built.
But - modular synths running full tilt thru a stock Excelsior with its stock speaker for 4 years can turn an amp I disliked a lot into an amp I loved.
I sold it to the synth owner and couldn’t wait to be rid of it.
4 years later I plugged into it at practice and schwing !!
The amp had been transformed !
Still had the stock Chinese light bulbs in it.
Running a Korg Minilogue through an old Ampeg is glorious. Don't knock it til you try it.
Oh, and wrestle it away from your girlfriend first or it will always be hers. Just sayin'.
Buy her a new line 6 or mustang amp as a replacement and tell her you will dispose of that old smelly one for her.
Here is the matching guitar
Wow , after this prices for National guitars will increase heavily, in the western hemispheres! That's been awesome !!
So......you're a drummer?
I looked at your age when I saw this post-that advice that comes with experience! My thought exactly!
Finding an original 51 Nocaster or an original 52 Tele is "pop the question", worthy. Not that amp.
well if you are going to just get rid of it maybe I can help you out with that and EVEN give you $50 for your trouble ! ;-)
any progression in the "Valco case" ? Did you ask her?