The Excelsior Lounge

Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by drdos, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. marshman

    marshman Poster Extraordinaire

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    Haven't had a chance to try it out just yet but have high expectations.

    I wonder what happens if I feed a stereo-tremolo-ed signal to two amps and dial up the amp tremolos? Is it like dividing by zero?
     
  2. bparnell57

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    You might have issues with beating, where at times there will be no signal and at other times both amps at full blast cranked... But that's basically the out of control effect you would want if you tried it... :)
     
  3. papaphaedrus

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    Just last weekend I played a show at one of the local universities for their lgbt group. No P.A. and I brought my old Peavey deuce just in case. I shouldn't have bothered. My exy filed the theater beautifully with the volume at 12:00. Same place I put it when I have a Mic in front of it (except with a p.a.it faces my drummer, 90 degrees away from the audience). One of these days, I'm gonna clone this amp without the tremolo and a resistor to put the volume at 12:00 permanently.nothin but a bright switch, power switch and guitar input. That'll make people wonder. ;)
     
  4. bahko

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    It feels like the warranty is up on all titanium holding my lower back together, so I'm cutting back on heavy lifting. I'm happy with my Excelsior, but it's a hefty little amp! I'm going to make a pine cab with casters and want to see if anyone can report on their experience doing this.
     
  5. bparnell57

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    Harbor freight has a movers dolly for 8 dollars that holds the Excelsior perfectly. It's good for getting the amp off the ground/floor and making it super easy to move.

    Whoops: I'm sorry, I meant 12 dollars...
     
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  6. bahko

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    After closing down my artisanal concrete shop, I have a surplus of dollies and hand trucks, but making the amp lighter is what I'm most focused on. I'm sure the pine will sound better too.
     
  7. tele salivas

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    I haven't gigged in a while. Been working my pedal steel skills up and a band would take too much time away from that, but the other day I was invited to a jam so I packed my steel and tele up, and went to grab my Excelsior. I hear this stuff rolling around the floor. I had forgotten that i had taken off the tin sleeves that go around the V1 and V2 tubes and had laid them in the cabinet. So I sleeve the tubes up and go to the place. Plug in, turn it up and I am hit with this wall of ssshhhhh.... white noise! I slide the switch to Dark, and it's not as bad, but bad enough. I un-plug and re-plug stuff. I am working up a sweat trying to figure this out, then I remember the sleeves around the tubes. I take them off, the white noise goes away.
     
  8. papaphaedrus

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    Yeah, I roll with the sleeves gone. No cage either. Couldn't stand the rattling. I need to get a cover for it soon though.
     
  9. wosinek

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    Rattles gone.

    After gigging for 4 hours tonight with Exy at 60% power out
    and being driven hard by pedal board, I believe I finally found the
    final solution to numerous rattles and strang noises from my Escelsior.

    Each of these steps reduced the unwanted noise one at a time.
    1. Tightened speaker retaining screws.
    2. Tightened AC flex conduit twist connectors.
    3. Tightened screws holding V1-V2 tube sockets to chassis
    4. Took top chassis apart and put 1/4" door weatherstripping
    along all edges and on top where mounted to wood cabinet too.
    5. Added weatherstripping onto 6V6s cage and bent the one side
    closest to the front of the cabinet closer in so it would not resonate
    at certain low frequencies.
    6. Replaced V1 chinese tube with JJ 12AX7 for rattling and microphonic.

    I have whole set of JJ's but have only replaced V1 so far but might get
    even more headroom... and the speaker is sweeting up the more I play it.

    Dont give up... you too can solve the rattle problems but you will probably
    find more than one.

    noises and also an intermintent " other indescribable other than EEK"
    7.
     
  10. Wyzsard

    Wyzsard Friend of Leo's

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    Brilliant !
     
  11. Iain

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    Hre's my re-cabbed Excelsior.

    Pine cab.
    Much lighter, which was my main reason for doing this, and tone seems to be improved (but it was good, anyway!)

    Plenty loud enough for any of the gig venues in which I play.
     

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  12. JackP9284

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    I thinking about having my excelsior refinished in tweed. Anybody had any experience with doing something like this?
     
  13. Satchmo

    Satchmo Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Looks great!

    My first thought was, "Oh no! How could you get rid of the distinctive Excelsior cabinet design?"

    My second thought was, "Actually..... it looks fantastic."
     
  14. Iain

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    Cheers.

    I, too, thought it was a shame to lose the original (blue) cab, but it makes for a much more practical gigging combo, being lighter, so...
    It does look cool in its new cab, though.
     
  15. richey88

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    How's the new cab sound?
     
  16. bahko

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    Nice! Butt joints and 3/4 clear pine?
     
  17. Iain

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    To be honest, I don't

    know! I had it made for me.

    As to how it sounds: fuller; "bigger"; warmer. Played a pretty big venue, last Sat, to about 300 people (room on 2 levels, so audience spread out - a Country club), and amp coped fine, on 1/2 volume, if that gives you any idea of what I mean by "bigger".
    Good sound (to my ears), anyway.
     
  18. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    Got a pro in Blue yesterday. I really like it so far. Going to definitely do the tone pot mod, and probably tubes/transformer too mostly to tighten up the bass. It is a loud amp with a lot of head room and nice break up. I use my LP style townhouse with SD handwounds that are a bit more modern sounding than I like but I can get some nice Bloomfield tones through the Excelsior. Not a bad amp, better sounding than most other amps I tried at twice the price.
     
  19. Skyscraper1952

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    I ordered a tone pot mod from Billm two weeks ago. I'm still waiting to hear from him. I have sent 2 emails to him on two different email addresses and I've yet to hear back from him. I just asked Paypal to intervene on my part.

    I also have a friend who sent him the amp section of a Blues Jr. to be modded over a year ago. He is still waiting to get his amp back.

    As far as my Excelsior's tone control mod. I'll wait until I hear back from Paypal or even Billm himself. If I do not receive his tone mod kit and I'm lucky enough to get my money back, I'll just replace the switch with a 500k pot.

    Let me know how you do your tone pot mod.

    Glad ya like yer amp. I've had mine a year (warranty is up) so it's time to add a tone pot and a footswitch for the tremolo.

    Keep on rocking :)
     
  20. tele salivas

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    Okie tone pot mod, black-face to Black Sabbath:p
    fish n chips.jpg
     
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