Princeton Recording Amp

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  1. Jack Clayton

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    Anybody played one of these? How does it compare to a Princeton Reverb? I'm looking at one for a local sale, and weighing my options.
     
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    Probably better off passing on one of those. It was a great idea on paper, but they didn't work out well. From what I have heard / read they had issues with over-heating and just didn't sound all that great. I suppose if it was cheap enough you could put some tech time into it and re-design the circuit into something better.
     
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    I auditioned one extensively but ended up with a Deluxe Reissue, and then later a Fender Custom '68 Princeton. Reverb as well. Good thing, too. The Princeton Recording's attenuator level is set by a digital encoder that is no longer made and fails pretty predictably. They also didn't really sound like a Princeton Reverb, sadly enough.

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    A 68' reissue is the other option im looking at. I'll likely go that route. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    Other than being non-repairable for certain issues, they were just pretty kind of okay to begin with. I'd pass.
     
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    My review of the '68 Custom is HERE.

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    You've done some very thorough research. This is a well studied and thoughtful review. Many thanks.
     
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    I played a recording version, I liked it, but I think there were reliability issues or something weren't there?
     
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    I also liked the idea but passed and went for a DRRI with an outboard attenuator (THD Hotplate in my case). Very happy I did.
     
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    What specifically do you use the attenuator for? I was chatting with a buddy of mine about this, and we both felt the added features of the "recording amp" seemed less suited for a studio and more ideal for small venue playing. Which is a lot of what I do.
     
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    Specifically, I set the amp to the amount of break up I want, then the audible level with the attenuator dB setting.

    This is for all situations recording, home practice and gigs.

    Because the DRRI amp is usually on between 5 and 7 to get the tone I want, the volume is always too loud. The THD also has lower and upper frequency switches for low level playing that mimic the frequencies perceived at higher volumes.
     
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