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New amps in old boxes

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by musky55, Dec 12, 2020.

  1. NoTeleBob

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    Well done.
     
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  3. printer2

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    I took a tabletop radio and moved the tuning dial section up to the side, cutting off the one hole and using the volume control hole for the input jack. Volume, a switch to go from BF to Tweed, tone, bass treble, for controls. I did a sealed enclosure to keep the bass but found afterward that the speaker was fine open back. Made my job harder.Used a weaved plastic place mat for the grill, I dyed it to give it a older look to match the cabinet. A pair of 6AQ5's in push pull.

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    I have other's the same size I picked up over the years which I may get creative with.
     
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    Yep! Did this a couple of years ago. A 1936 Silvertone. The farm kind, made to run entirely on a battery rather than plugged in. Put an Ibanez TSH 15 and a WGS G10C/S in there. (Kept the old guts just 'cause they're interesting and historical.) Sounds great. The TSH 15 is a Silverface-sounding platform, its boost feature is useful, and its TubeScreamer good too if you use it minimally. The G10C/S is the real secret. Smooth, rich, and clear, right out of the box.
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    I repainted and put on the Electromaster medallion just 'cause it seemed to fit there. It's from a broken old water heater.

    Next up is rehousing my Excelsior Pro in this 1952 Westinghouse TV (the Winslow model):
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    A bit of a squeeze to get the 15" speaker in there while preserving the TV's Fifties funkiness.
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    But we'll make it happen. Got delayed by the crazy semester, but within a week I'll be happily cursing big speakers' and deadly electricity's little problems.

    This will be the "new" TV/amp's badge:
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    It's from a 1952 Dodge.

    Since so many old things already whisper ghosts at us, why not give 'em voice?
     
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  5. Papa Rufus

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    Here my contribution. 1946 Philco. Bought the stripped out cab at a local Goodwill type store. Pretty rough! But I liked the vibe. My first amp build, a 5f1 clone sits inside. The on-off volume control and added tone control are on the right and high/low inputs on the left. Has a little hum to it but just adds to the nostalgia! The large speaker area sure gives it great resonance. 20201213_150443.jpg
     
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    20201213_150510.jpg Of course the obligatory mid-century cigarette burn. Smoky mojo!
     
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    nice
     
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    Very nice
     
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    Fun is it not
     
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    Wolf in sheep's clothing?
     
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    This channel has done several old radio amp retrofits.



    Build How-To:



    For the post about putting bluetooth in an old radio ... this is adding an input jack for a phone/ipod/other mp3 player.
    Once you have that setup you can likely easily find an add-on bluetooth dongle to make that work.



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