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NAD: Tokai TA35

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by PGTips, Sep 17, 2015.

  1. PGTips

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    Totally thrilled with this. Solid state, 30 watts, based on the Champ. I just happeded to do a quick search on Ebay yesterday afternoon for any amps in my area. Something small and simple. Low and behold! I popped in on my way home from work to try it out and went back later in the evening. £100 for a rare(ish) gem. It's early to mid 80's although it looks 20 years older than that. The tweed is a little grubby and the chrome has bubbled and rusted in places. It hasn't been particularly well looked after. It's lost 3 of its rubber feet so I've just picked up some replacements and a new plug. The one on it is a bit of a mess and it had a 13 amp fuse in it!
    It sounds great. The volume and tone knobs are a little noisy when dialing (tips for cleaning pots please!). The master volume has a pull boost fuction which takes it from a sweet clean tone to a nicely fractured sound. It's prety loud. I tried 3 of my guitars through it. I have a mid 80's Tokai Breezysound and this is a match made in guitar heaven. Gorgeous.
    I'll post some photos of the two of them together once I've cleaned it up a little. Below are the sellers photos (thanks Pav!).As I said, any tips for cleaning those noisy pots would be appreciated.

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  2. felis

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    Great find :cool: congrats.
    I would love to own one of these '80s TA35.
     
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    PS I'm currently trying to convince a UK seller into shipping a TA35 to Belgium.
    A little over 400 Miles not the other side of the world, fingers crossed!
     
  4. PGTips

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    Good luck felis. Sweet little amps.
     
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    Thanks. I read nothing but good things about these amps, I would really like to hear it myself. ;)
     
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    Since nobody else replies :lol:, here's my method:

    I disassemble the component, carefully clean it and use (very small amount) electronic contact grease from the automotive industry (I'm a mechanic ;)).

    I generally don't use contact cleaner myself . But if you decide to use it, I wouldn't spray it directly into an assembled component.
     
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    sorry, but a thirty watt solid state amp is not even related to a Champ. Master volume? Tone knob? Pull-boost? is that an effects loop? and a bunch of knobs on the back? What kinda Champ do you think this is based on?
     
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    Quite obvious, it looks the part!
     
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    Cool, what are the knobs on the back?
     
  10. PGTips

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    Thanks Crazy neddie. Treble, middle, bass and reverb.
     
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    Okay jhundt. The key word here is "based". It's not a clone, it's not a replica. It is a small amp covered in tweed. I like it. It sounds nice. :)
     
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    that's OK then! I was just being nit-picky. It does look pretty nice. I remember those early Tokai guitars, they were really nice. If the amp is as good as the guitars, you got a very good amp!
     
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    Thanks jhundt.
     
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    Thanks felis. I've seen a few videos now where contact spray is being liberally sprayed into every opening that can be found! I can live with it as it is right now. Thanks for your advice.
     
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