NVAD - One of the scruffiest 5C5's ever!

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  1. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    But holy *@#&%*# does it sound good! And from one of Leo's most basic "big amp" circuits!

    A 1953 Fender "Pro-Amp" - somewhere around 15-24 watts (and watts are really kind of arbitrary and silly as comparison specs) With a stock Jensen P-15N and the OT mounted on the speaker frame.

    :D

    I freely admit this one has had a little work done on it :lol: Well, it's actually been fully rebuilt, with a freshly stuffed (to spec) circuit board with Jupiter coupling and tone caps, some silver micas, Carbon comp and wirewound resistors, Sprague and Illinois filter caps...and a Mercury magnetics power transformer.

    But the output transformer is original, I have the original cone Jensen P-15N (which works fine - I was just testing this Weber Chicago when I took the pics), NOS RCA tubes (3 6SC7's (12AY7 equivalents), 2 6L6's and a 5U4G), it has the original baffle, most of the tweed, the grille is originaal as is the funky cracked and weatherbeaten cabinet and glides (with the tweed gone only from the top and bottom - go figure.) that is wonderfully resonant, original back panels....

    And - weirdly - ALL the silk screened info on the control panel is perfectly readable- so you can tell PRECISELY when you're turning it up to eleven!:eek:

    The tube chart is torn and the only thing on it is the original handwritten "54" in the serial; number space. Maybe it was the 54th amp made that week, or the 54th 5C5 - who knows? Just another one of those Fender anomalies.

    AND I got a brand new padded brown vinyl cover with it! A broker buddy of mine bought it at a recent vintage show, loved the sound, then after a week decided it doesn't have enough headroom for him. This is a guy with a wall of tweeds and a couple Dumbles, so it's not like he NEEDED it!

    It's VERY touch sensitive - turn it up to 5, roll back your guitar a bit and if you have learned to naturally pick with a light touch it was a fat, round clean tone with a brilliant bit of sparkle on top; if you "dig in" just a bit the mids kick in - like a horse's hoof! And varying your position really changes the sound. Ten as you roll the volume up and play with the tone control(s) you get a sweet, saturated sustained tone that you can milk or a *long* time if close to the amp.

    And all of this is at pretty much the same volume level - perfect for small/medium sized clubs (with miking if the drummer is too energetic...). From there up to about 7 1/2 - 8 is a greasy, nasty, in your face blues rock sound - and above 8 is an active volcano of chaos. Which IS fun at times........

    For me it's near-perfect. For hard pickers it would be hard to control, like a lot of high end boutique amps. Which, I guess, is kind of what it is. And no - it is NOT for sale. I bought it for a criminally cheap price Thursday and by today (Sat) have already told the first 14 guys no. Don't care about the price, don't need the money, and I LIKE it! :) But if you're around the Los Angeles Airport/South Bay area and want to hear it (I don't like the way online sound files are processed) bring your guitar and plug in!


    1953 Fender 5C5 Pro #54 front.jpg 1953 Pro with Weber Chicago 15.jpg 1953 Fender 5C5 #54 corner.jpg 1953 Fender Pro 5C5 top.jpg 1953 Fender Pro #54 chassis.jpg 1953 Fender Pro 5C5 schematic.gif
     
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  2. theprofessor

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    Wow! Congratulations, and enjoy it!
     
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    That's Rad.
     
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    Awesome! Would love to hear it.
     
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    Awesome. I think it's kinda rude just to try to buy something off of someone unsolicited, but I don't blame them either. Rock on!
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Muddy dog is HAPPY dog.

    Congrats on a great score, Silverface!
     
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    Very cool a Jim! Is it for sale? Lol....... Is that your favorite Weber 15?
     
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    Very cool! That is what I call a survivor;)
     
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    Double post, sorry!
     
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    Oh boy, grid leak bias and a paraphase inverter, I love primitive circuits.
     
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    It was actually funny - they are all friends of mine.

    {SLAP!} :lol:

    I don't have a "favorite" Weber - In fact I have been starting to phase them out in favor of Tone Tubby and Warehouse Speakers. When Ted was alive it was easy to call and have some special speaker built to spec. But that's tough nowadays, and I find many of their stock speakers kind of generic sounding. Shipping costs have alsol gotten kind of ....weird. IMO.

    Yeah. Neanderthal!
     
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    Spray over it in thick gloss black, grille cloth included. No prep, aside from pulling the amp and speaker out of the cab.
     
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    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    (caveat - he knows from "Finely Finished" That gloss black is one of my LEAST favorite lacquer finish jobs!!!!!)
     
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    Very extremely cool amp.
     
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    I LOVE the look on his face!!!

    Can you Fed Ex him to me? I'm sure he'd get along with the parrots! I just can't get over that happy look on his face!
     
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    Any Sonic differences between TV/Wide/Narrow panel ?

    It's almost impossible to see an original Fender tweed amp here.
     
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    I dig it Silverface!

    Lots of stories that thang could tell!
    Can we hear her?
     
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    'Nicely broken in', is the expression I'd use.....

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    Wow - beautiful! Congrats!
    Have you tried a microphone through it?
     
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