Hello good people! Recently I have had the good fortune to acquire a pair of 50's Fender amps in appalling condition. I want to get these amps back in shape as much as possible, and to retain as many original parts as is practical. The end goal is two great sounding amps that retain as much of the 50's fender "thing" as possible. So here they are, in the order I received them... 1957 Fender Vibrolux 5F11: This amp was neglected for many years, then thrown away, then fished out of the dumpster and sold cheap. The gent who bought it (super nice guy) elected to flip it for slightly higher cash which is where I picked it up. It is missing 95% of the tweed, has frozen pots, delaminating wood, and corrosion on lots of the metal parts. That being said, all the parts I can see look like they are original to the amp. Thankfully, neither I nor the two guys before me plugged this one in. So hopefully the original iron can be saved. Here is a pic (with more to follow)... 1955 Fender Pro 5E5A: This amp was a worker for a couple decades. Gigged pretty consistently and modded as needed to keep it going and make it more solid for the guy who used it to make a living all those years. Somehow it acquired an OT from a 1965 Twin Reverb in the early 70's. It went on the road a couple times, and eventually ended up in a bar fire in the early 80's. It was plucked from the wreckage and rebuilt at that time, then worked on again about 10 years ago with new electrolytics. I picked this one up from the player who had it for the last 35 to 40 years. He was not the original owner, but he was also a super nice guy. Many non original parts, but the PT, choke (?), chassis, cabinet and a few components are original to the amp. The tube chart says 5E5, but it has the additional controls so this has to be an early 5E5A. Here is a quick pic (with more to follow). So there they are. My gut reaction is to keep the Vibrolux in the current aesthetic condition while securing all the loose parts of the cab that would rattle. Of course the electronics all need to be tested, unfrozen, checked, etc... (This one is already at my amp guy's shop) I am interested in what you all think of it and any input you might have on what should be done to keep the soul of the amp intact while also bringing it back to life safely. As for the Pro I am thinking the cab needs to almost be rebuilt. It is too patched-up to maintain any mojo... I am thinking seriously about taking it to Vintage Amp Restoration here in St. Louis for a re-tweed. The chassis will make its way to my amp guy as well for the same treatment as the Vibrolux. Thanks for reading. Hope to keep you all posted on the progress.