NAD - 1957 Tremolux

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  1. AlbertaGriff

    AlbertaGriff Tele-Afflicted

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    I posted here a while ago about the prospect of buying a 57 Tremolux in a reproduction cabinet, and ended up pulling the trigger. That thread is here:

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/57-tremolux.967083/

    The amp was not in my town, and I got a good friend to go and check it out and ship it to me. I could tell from the pics I had seen that the guts were original except for the death cap, which had been removed, and the bias cap which had been replaced, likely due to failure. So as soon as I received it, I took it to my tech for a 'restoration' and to make it playable. I finally got the amp back last week and have just had the time now to post about it.

    The amp itself is pretty special. A 1957 Fender Tremolux, based on serial number and the pots, which date to the 48th week of 1956. The circuit (5E9-A) was all original, and untouched except for the changes noted above (no death cap, one cap changed). My tech changed the filter caps and the other electrolytics, but (without asking me) he stuffed the old ones, so it retained the look of an original 50's Fender. The power cable was 2 prong, and on it's last legs, so he replaced that as well. The old, non-original power tubes needed changing as well. Transformers are original.

    The guy I bought it from said the cabinet had been mangled in to some sort of head when he bought it, and I believe he threw out the remnants. It came to me in a reproduction Armadillo Amp Works cabinet. The cabinet is really nice, the only downside to it is that it is the same size as a tweed Deluxe. The Tremolux apparently came in this size cab during 1955 only, and after that the cab was the size of a tweed Pro (a couple inches wider and taller). So not EXACTLY period correct...

    The speaker is a Weber alnico hemp cone. Likely a 12A125H? Not too sure. Sounds good though.

    I recorded some quick demos of the amps sounds for those interested.





     
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  2. AlbertaGriff

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    How the amp came to me:

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    It sounds great, loved the "Cranked" demo.
     
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    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    All the knobs go to 12, which is even better.;)
     
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    Yes, when I was amp hunting I really wanted something that went to 1 more than 11.
     
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    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

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    You got yourself one hell of a player there, the tone is exquisite the trem is superb, and it’s quite!
    A Weber Alnico with a hemp cone is the perfect choice, and it sounds heavenly.
    Now, those E-caps are a time bomb, I’m sure you know that. The yellow coupling caps, i’d Leave as is.
    That cord needs to be updated to three prong, I’m sure you knew that too.
    I’d be leery of laying into it real hard for an extended period of time before I got those E-caps sorted out.
    Then I find someplace where you could crank it and I’d either blow it up or feel confident in its performance capabilities.
    I love the tone, I hear Joe Walsh in there dying to get out!
    Good Luck and a great catch!
     
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    Hi there, thanks!

    The electrolytics were all changed, they were just stuffed in to the old ones so it looks like they are original. The cord was also changed to a nicely secured 3 prong. The amp is good to go for another 10-15 years.
     
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    Sounds really nice. Looks good too!
     
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    Sounds glorious! Congrats and thanks for the pictures & sound clips!
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Sweet.
    Nice demo.
    Well done.
     
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  12. boredguy6060

    boredguy6060 Friend of Leo's

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    I was wonder about that, glad that they saved the vintage look of the circuit. Man what a find! I must admit to a little envy on my part, but very happy for you.
    Sound clips are always welcome, enjoy.
     
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    And this was the recording rig:

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    Very nice!

    In the best of health!
     
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    Congrats and thanks for following up on your original thread. That’s an incredible sounding amp you have.

    The Tremolux I was eyeing off is still sitting there for sale.....
     
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    The Tweed Tremolux is my favorite Tweed amp. Mine is an early '56. Here are two pictures I took at the previous owner house when I bought it. I own it since >15 years, never had an issue with it. I only changed the power cord to a 3 prong.
    One of the great ingredients of this amp was the Pro size cabinet, it really makes a huge difference. The replacement cabinet you have is the pre '56 size, you should really try to get a Pro size Tremolux cabinet.


    0356Tremolux_inside.JPG My '56 Tremolux.JPG
     
  17. AlbertaGriff

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    Yes I will likely look in to getting the era correct sized cabinet.
     
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    You won't regret it for sure. Also try the Celestion AlNiCo Blue, sounds great in that amp. My favorite speaker and I tried quite a few.
     
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    Ultra cool!
    It’s in way better shape than this 57 model (me).
     
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    SnidelyWhiplash Friend of Leo's

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    I have a Celtic " Caitlin " amp which is a 5E9-A with the bigg box.
    I put a reconed old Jensen P12P in it & it is a great amp. Too loud
    for home use, but it sounds glorious! :cool:
     
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