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So my drummer is bringing over Laney 100 amp he's had for ages, what to expect?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by FortyEight, Oct 10, 2020.

  1. Telecastoff1

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    Sounds like it could be a fun amp to use.
     
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    WHOA Nelly!
     
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    Looks like an AOR to me - basically, a Marshall Superlead master volume clone. I worked on one that kept toasting a tube. I diagnosed a runaway ultrasonic squeal Inna preamp tube. I think it might also have had a toasted grid resistor.

    Very load. Not bad but virtually no breakup IIRC.
     
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    I would expect a big black heavy box.
    :)
     
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    Well I'm not getting it today. He works at a hospital and is worried about his exposure to covid and exposing me. But he's off for two weeks so we figured by next monday it would be like a quarantine and I think will probably be safe. Plus he said I could come pick it up off his porch if I wanted to this week sometime. But I'm not sure I will have time to do that.

    Maybe I will look into buy some extra capacitors.... I have no clue who would work on an amp like this.

    It would be nice if it fired up and worked, but yeah, it's been sitting a while.
     
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    Expect to bring some earplugs.
     
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    I like this amp it has potential and seems to predate all that push pull knob silly stuff

    Laney = Birmingham - thats the vibe you should be after
     
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    Nice score.
     
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    Ask around and figure out who works on stuff like this in your area. Well worth your time to do so, particularly if you like the amp.

    Once when my buddy’s 50-watt Laney was parked at my house, I ran the preamp section of my little Peavey practice amp through the power section and 4 x 12 of his amp, as an experiment.

    Wow! The same bright clean jangle I was used to, but with a bunch of SLAM added to it. And that was just the 50!

    I’d expect that thing has some good high-headroom slam-tastic clean sounds hiding in it somewhere, even if you never try the dirty channels and its various pill boost functions.

    Edit: pill boost? I meant pill boost.
     
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    A common feature in the '60s.
     
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    Awesome amps. Steer clear of the pull knob for the AOR sound and you'll be ok. My first "real" amp (though it was black). Fair warning, you can tweak for ever with the EQ and pull boost knobs. And, yeah, window rattling loud.
     
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    1984-ish Pro Tube Lead was my first real amp when I was a teenager... couldn't afford a Marshall 100W head, and Laney was about half the price at the time. It was a great sounding amp.. it doesn't do the natural overdrive/master volume thing like a Marshall, but makes a great pedal platform. The early ones were hand-wired. I always thought I would buy another one someday if the price is right.
     
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    I had a 30 watt Laney SS combo (G30, I think) that my bandmate's 50 watt Marshall couldn't keep up with.
    100 watts of Laney is going to be LOUD. I'm thinking you may want to explore attenuators.
     
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    Laney amps are the sound of Black Sabbath's first few albums.

    The sludge/doom/stoner metal guys love these things.

    I agree with all above. If it's sat for some time it would probably be smart to take it to a good tech for servicing before firing it up.
     
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    I wonder what it would sound like with just one speaker.......... LOL.

    So 1987 eh? That's freaking sweeeeeet.

    100 watts of tube seems almost ridiculous. Did anyone have any ears left after the 80's and 90s? I know mine ring all the time. I will admit to having a peavey 100 watt head with a 4x12 cab for a while. but that was solid state. And I eventually went to a classic 50 tube which seemed plenty loud to me. I had another tube peavey around that time too that was more metal sounding...
     
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    I'm glad you clarified that. For a moment, I thought you meant pill boost.
    It makes more sense once you know it's a pill boost instead.
     
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    Think that's what Brett Kingman used for his youtube demos before he went to a Fractal, he always sounded good
     
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    You can really crank it up with that pill boost.
     
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    Let's be clear about those caps. Caps don't last forever. If the wrong one fails, it will do very expensive damage to your transformers. Get a tech to check it out before you power it up. Like you would not start a car that had been sitting 30 years without checking the oil.

    Please don't trifle with this.
     
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