Should I buy a vintage BF Twin Reverb...

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  1. dragonfly66

    dragonfly66 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The answer is YES!

    I have a 1966 Twin Reverb and love it. I don't gig with it, but damn I love it. The QA sticker is PC, P=1966 and C=March, the same year and month I was born. If it hasn't been serviced you will want to have that done and after that you'll be good for a long while.
     
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  2. AlbertaGriff

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    I'm working on it. Oddly enough I'm selling a Vibro Champ to fund it.
     
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    Makes perfect sense to me as Vibro Champs are selling for high prices these days and Twins are low. Selling high and buying low remains a sound decision, expecially when you get far more amp in the deal.
     
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    Funny you'd say that! I had that amp tuned up for him and had a pair of JBL E120's installed. Nobody knows HEAVY till you've put two of those boat anchors in a Twin! That amp could knock down an ICBM after that and you're right - it sat right beside his chair from the time he retired in 1990 till he passed in 2016. He showed it NO mercy either, flip both switches off and on at the same time, no heat up or nothing. (I had the original Jensens reconed and reinstalled them a few years before he passed so I could hear it in true voice. That amp shared the stage with Buck Owens, Flatt & Scruggs and other country legends of the 60s)
     
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    Maybe I missed something or miss-read the thread.

    Almost a week later, a BF Twin with JBL’s for cheap, and still no Twin. I’d would have been all over that the first day. No question, no debate, and done.

    Hope that the amp is still available for the OP and that he can take advantage of owning a classic BF Twin Reverb Amp and experience its big full and beautiful tone first hand.
     
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  6. AlbertaGriff

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    As I said above I'm working on it. It was never as simple as just going to pick it up. It's over a 5 hour drive each way. I'm selling an amp to make room for it and then once I get a bit more info and arrange with the seller, I'll get it.
     
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    The 5 hour drive would definitely be a factor, sorry I missed that fact.

    Before making the trip, make sure that the amp has most of the blue caps present and that it has original transformers. If the JBL’s are the grey or orange framed speakers, they are worth $200-$250 each. A big plus.

    Just seems like too-good of a deal to pass up. Maybe the seller would want your Vibro Champ in trade.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
     
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    Here's the thing about twins. If you set on a chair in front of or near a twin, you can really push the Amp and it doesn't seem that loud because your ear is above the speakers. 10 feet out in front of those speakers, people can be dying from the sound pressure which his very very very loud. So if the room is big enough, and your in the right spot, the Amp can work. In a small room at home it's beyond excessive. But, it's kind of like owning a Blues Breaker Amp, your gonna love your tone for the 5 minutes just before your eardrum gives out.
     
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    If you don't snag it, I will - and I'm in Ontario!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I gotta know someone out your way who can pick it up for me. I'll figure out delivery later.
     
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    It really isn't.
     
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    I never actually mentioned the 5 hour part. Western Canada has some wide open spaces.
     
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    Its same issue as always - folks that don't like Twins, weigh in when they don't count. For those who like Twins, like the artists' music who used Twins, they are a good deal. For those that don't like Twins, well they will complain about the weight, size, volume at breakup, and other erroneous "problems". Its like folks who only value 40 mpg, complaining about F150s being a design failure.
     
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    Amen brother, my Twin has those E120's and nearly killed me carrying it a couple flights of stairs to my practice room. Still worth it.
     
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    I would love to put those speakers in mine, but might hold out until I find a vintage one at a price that is too good to pass up before I bother.
     
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    I’ve owned two Marshall 1962HW Bluesbreaker’s and five Twin Reverbs. A Bluesbreaker at only 30 watts, is much louder than the 85 and 100 watt Twins that I’ve owned. The Bluesbreaker goes from zero (0) to too-loud immediately. The Twin sounds great a 2-3 for at home use. Not terribly loud with the volume set to three.
     
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    Colchar, if I was closer, I’d ride with you to help you get that amp.
     
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    What am I, chopped liver?
     
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    Please see my Bluesbreaker comment.
     
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    Let’s go. I get to Canada a few times each year on business.
     
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    I've had two Vibro Champs over the years and three Twin Reverbs. Twin Reverbs sound good with guitars plugged into them, whilst Vibro Champs are best used for book ends and door stops.
     
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