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Mercury Amp Transformers

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by drb1346, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    I have been in one situation where there was no option since Mercury Magnetics had the only PT that fit the requirements. All of the MM products I have used have been great.

    RE: Classic Tone....I read on THe Gear Page today that ClassicTone is on the way out of business??? The site is still active, and their parent company Magnetic Components deals in much larger concerns than guitar amps. Dave Friedman supposedly brought this question of ClassicTone’s demise to light recently?????
  2. hotrodkid

    hotrodkid Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 19, 2011
    South Florida
    That was boredom well spent.

    I’m a little less than a two hour car ride from Mike Marsh which makes it very convenient but also extremely dangerous with buying amps! Just ask my wife. I’m lusting for one of ‘63 Vibroverb builds..bad! I actually have two NOS blue alnico Emi’s sidelined for it ;)

    I also highly recommend his HW TS808 clone. I have one and it’s hands down the best TS I’ve ever experienced.

    Oh yeah, I’m 100% sure I’m replacing the iron. Did you replace your pots and jacks too? I heard the input jacks are a little small and cheap. Also read somewhere the pots are mounted on a separate pcb and it’s best to use new ones. This is adding up to be an expensive endeavor but I’m all in and ready to go. Will be kicking off this Sunday. I might ask Marsh to take some photos so I can post a thread here. If not I’ll just photograph the before and finished chassis then post something. I’m sure everyone here doesn’t mind looking at some 5F6A goodness!
  3. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Feb 21, 2013
    The only thing original in mine are the switches, fuse, most of the tube sockets, chassis, and cabinet. Everything else was gutted and replaced.
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  4. avspecialist

    avspecialist Tele-Meister

    Sep 18, 2019
    If you look at any premium manufacturer they usually build in limited production. Usually if they are shooting for the highest quality products the premium materials, the people build them, the quality control/rejection rate, usually determines the cost. From what I was told by a premium manufacturer was that to get from raw manufacturing of the product, the labor to build, insurances and taxes at the factory level plus rep commission, shipping and profit usually is 5X materials/labor to get a retail list price.

    Also, personal feelings come into account, you may not consider the quality/performance improvement large enough or you might personally feel the lower cost product is good enough.

    If enough people feel that way and feel the value is not there, then the company would not sell enough and go out of business.

    I remember back in the day, Nakamichi made top of the like cassette tape recorders that rivaled reel to reel when calibrated properly to TDK tape. They were very reliable and consistent. Also, they were a very dictatorial company, forced dealers to constantly over buy and threatened over distribution. They weren’t overly nice to customers who bought the product also. When cassette decks were not as popular any more, most dealers dropped their line along with CD players, receivers and amplifiers.

    I firmly believe that the consumers, (and dealers), will only take so much before they say “No Thanks”.
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