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Mid-70s Twin Reverb vs Early-70s - Is the MV the only difference?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by itsGiusto, Dec 24, 2020.

  1. BobbyZ

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    A Twin Reverb through a Hiwatt cab is really awesome! Rewired my Hiwatt cab (also from 74) to 4 ohms back in the 90s.
    Come to think of it I wonder if I ever changed it back? Maybe I've been running my Marshalls at 16 ohms into a 4 ohm cab all these years.
    Should probably check that. :)
     
  2. telejnky

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    I left mine at 16 ohms didn’t seem to bother the twin at all
    I love that about old fenders couldn’t kill em with a stick
     
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  3. fatz treeboy

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    tone wise there is no differance...... usability wise no differance......... my info comes from Realguitars and Guitronics, two old school fender shops in san francisco who make a living on used amps for 35 yrs now.......... with the mv turn it to 10 and use ur volume like u would on a non mv...... believe it of not i even use my push pull twin reverb factory distortion featuer... which people have been poo pooing for 40 years :). and sometimes i crank the pre-amp n turn down the mv.... that is how it is designed to be used.... people r a lil biased w/ herd mentality to dismiss these gems so easily.... i got a 73 combo, n a 75 cut down head....... these r cheap to work on, and they were jerry garcias foundation for his califonia tone......

    i wanna bump ur comment about how low prices r now for sf twins..... there r 3 on c-list, bay area right now under 600..... btw, i play mine in an apartment setting at 2.5 or 3 volume, and ten MV.... its not to loud... at 6 or 7 it is :)
     
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  4. Wally

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    fatz, one can also run that TR at 6-7 on the pr3mp with the MV at 10 and play quietly. I suggest this to people as a training aid for learning how to control their pick attack and the guitar output volume setting. Afterall, there are people who play an unamplified acoustic too ‘loudly’ for a home setting...or anywhere else for my ears! Hard pick attack is no good at anytime unless one is looking for a cacophony of a certain sort for effect.
     
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    I think the early SF Twin Reverbs are the best value wise. I don’t really like the ULs myself, they’re nearly solid state, overly clean sounding to me but the early SFs can be made very close to a Blackface sound wise. The original Blackface Fender amps have gotten so expensive I’d look for a 68 to 71 and Blackface it myself.
     
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  6. Wally

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    In real terms, the larger BF amps have lost value since the 1990s due to the small amp craze. In today’s money, an exc cond/all-originals value back then would be just over $4100 today...and that ain’t happening, is it? A BFTR or BFSR was at least if not more than twice the value of a DR or a Prin Rev.....it is just the opposite today.
     
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  7. itsGiusto

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    I was wondering about that! I paid significantly more for a 1972 SFPR in 2015 than I did just now for this 1969 SFTR. I was wondering if I just got fleeced or if there was some reason the PR would cost more.

    Edit: PR = Princeton Reverb here
     
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  8. Wally

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    “PR”....Po Revrb or Princeton Reverb...Prin Rev for sort in my world??? I think you are meaning Prin Rev, but...????
     
  9. itsGiusto

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    Haha, sorry. Princeton Reverb
     
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  10. fatz treeboy

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    very cool sir :) i should do that more..... i read once where jerry garcia liked his set ups with high action and his amps set prickly clean..... touch sensitive to the max...... :) carry on with your bad self.....
     
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