NAD ‘73 Vibrolux Reverb

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  1. gridlock

    gridlock Poster Extraordinaire

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    Picked this up today, traded another amp that I wasn’t using even for the VR. The VR does sound great, no unwanted noises, the chassis is clean, newer 6L6’s, what I believe are the original speakers, but the exterior is a little rough.

    Once I clean it up, I may decide to go the full BF mod route with this amp. Probably head the amp straight to my tech sometime this week, depending what I find after a deeper inspection.

    Still not back home I’ll post some more photos once I get it cleaned up an detailed.

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  2. corliss1

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    Yeeeeeeeeees, my favorite Fender :D
     
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    My fav as well!
     
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    Congrats! I've got one as well; bought it about 15 years ago. I think it's actually a '70. Mine's got Oxford 10L5s in it, which sound waaaay better than I thought they would. Really, I'm crazy about those speakers and have bought some singles subsequently. I left the amp stock but added a pot (in ext speaker jack) to lower the negative feedback. I've found that pretty useful and not invasive.
     
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    Nice amp! I always wanted to try a baby super reverb.
     
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    Nice, doesn't look too bad outside to me. A couple things that can be fixed.
     
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    I had a '71 I serviced. Lovely amp. One of my faves too. No need to BF it. Your SF is awesome as it was originally intended.
     
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  8. gridlock

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    It will look pretty good once I get it cleaned up. I have quite a bit of vintage and reproduction Fender hardware parts stashed away.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    What's involved with BFing it? IIRC the VRs were in the range of circuits that weren't messed with in the SF days.
     
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    I may leave as is. I have two other SF amps that sound great as is. A 1970 Deluxe and an early 1968 Super.

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    I believe just a few cap changes on this amp.
     
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    Congrats! I have his close cousin (a '64 Tremolux head + repro 2x10 cab) and I love it. My hunch is that the Vibrolux Reverb would be my favorite BF/SF combo bar none – those I tried were as awesome as the Tremolux.

    Enjoy!
     
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    This will make my sixth Vibrolux Reverb. I’ve owned three BF VR’s and this makes my third SF VR. After buying and selling too many Fender amps over the past ten years, I’ve decided Super Reverbs and Vibrolux Reverbs are my two favorite Fender amps.
     
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    DADGAD Friend of Leo's

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    Cool amp! Congratulations!

    Have you looked at the transformers to verify the 1973 date? The reason that I ask is that I don’t believe that the Fender logo on the grill cloth had the tail in 1973.

    Nice amp though!
     
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  15. gridlock

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    You are correct, I spotted that also, but didn’t check the date because I was just happy to do the even trade.

    I’m not 100% sure, when Fender actually changed to the non-tailed logo, maybe the tailed logo rolled over into early 1973. Hopefully it’s a 1972 amp or earlier. I’m not home yet, I’ll check SN’s tomorrow.
     
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    Son, you are right on the money.
    Congratulations!
     
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  17. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    I miss my BFVR. I imagine it would be an excellent gigging amp, as those things sound good at any volume.
     
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    I have a clone I built in 2009. It is the best amp ever. I have tried more than once to build a Jr. version, but they haven’t measured up to the real deal.

    A VR has just the right amount of horsepower. At the same volume, it has more authority than those Jr. contenders. But it doesn’t step on innocent bystanders like an amp with even more horsepower can. (I’m talking about you, Twin Reverb!)

    I’d say the VR is Goldilocks-approved: “Just right.”
     
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    Haha......

    'Like' bait.
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  20. gridlock

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    The initial cleaning is done.

    This amp is a very early 1973 looking at the SN. SN show that it was within the first two hundred amps made in 1973, which may explain the tailed logo.

    The tailed logo appears original, from observing the faded shadow on the grille-cloth with the logo removed, to no additional holes in the grill, to an older tailed logo, and to rusty screws.

    The amp is looking a little better but I still have a long way to go. I have a plan to fine the tolex on the top front edge of the amp.

    FYI, the original filter caps are sill in place. The filter caps still look okay, but I won’t be playing the amp until my tech looks it over and changed the caps.

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