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Discussion in 'Amp Owners Clubs' started by chisa, Jun 11, 2009.
i love my SFTR, i even like the master volume
go from albert lee to roy buchanan in a second.
I totally love my '71 SFTR. The sound guy at Copland Dancehall loved it last Friday Night too. I told him I wished I had something lighter to hall around and he told me if I got something else, to promise him I would still bring the Twin when I played there!
'71 SFTR owner...sounds fabulous but looks like it was used for knife throwing practice.
Looks can be overrated, especially when it sounds great!
… an old photo of a friend with my guitar and my 75 Twin with Celestions G12m-70s (sitting on my VT 40)
(as Mr. tele salivas notes on silver faced Master volume Twins, "... if I "over" the master volume to the channel volume" it's "..my favorite amp")
... because of this (thanks Mr. tele salivas) I finally love playing clean ....
a few clips
Proud owner here. Recently bought one, haven't had a chance to really put it through its paces, but I've loved what I heard so far.
I've had my '73 for a couple years now and just recently got around to diming it, with a Kay Archtop no less...the most I had it up to was 7 on the Master coined with about 5 on the vibrato channel volume, pretty freakin loud, but man, I usually play pretty clean, but the dimed sound was really addictive! very 3-d the room was not very big, so there was a lot of natural compression,,try it, you won't die..
I can't imagine playing one of these without a master volume for this reason, that's great Mr. Joefish! nice picture too
Does my new to me PA 100 qualify since most consider it a 4 channel Twin Reverb and even the Vintage guitar guide book list it as a Guitar head instead of a PA head since most are using it as such these days? It sounds Twinish to me just does not have bright switches and a middle pot. Has the Same Trannies as a Twin and the same tube lineup pretty much.
Oh Speakers that are in my 2x12 cab are out of a Twin too and are Eminence Speakers.
Why not? I don't know what anyone else will say, but that's as close to a twin head you'll get after a Dual Showman.
Yea Twin or Duel Showman I suspect this one is kinda both
Bought mine new in 74 wished now that I would have opted for the JBL's but it's the things you do when your young & dumb. Have played this amp hard ever since. Had it rebuilt twice, put EVM12L's in it around 1980. The original eminence speakers just fell apart after about 6 years. Have never hurt the EV's. It's due for another cap job now,and maybe new pots.Just got a set of new tubes from eurotubes, and would like a bias trim pot installed.I really like that this amp is super clean. I use a pedalboard when playing, consists of an ernie ball volume pedal,ross compressor,delay,noisegate,and a marshall bluesbreaker pedal for dirt.My band covers mostly all styles of music except headbangin stuff (come on, we're all over 50 and I can't get my spandex to fit right.) This is the ultimate amp for live playing. It does'nt have to be loud either. That's what that volume pot is for. Even turned down these amps have such tremendous headroom,they still have that tone.It's why they are the number one backline amp in world,don't believe me ask Fender.
This was my late father's Twin Reverb. He bought it brand new in 1979.
It had been sitting in the garage unused for over 10 years before I decided to have a look at it.
It was is a sad state as can be seen in the following photos:
The 6L6 tube on the top-left was broken and the speaker on the right had duct tape holding it together.
Both speakers were just as bad as each other. Besides the duct tape they also had cotton wool stuffed into the surrounds. By the way, they are CTS speakers.
The speakers were sent away and were re-coned, new voice coils and spiders were put in.
Around this time I also purchased a quad set of 6L6GC "Winged C" tubes.
My good friend "Mr D" installed and biased the new tubes. The remaining original Fender tubes were put through his tube tester and were found to show low emissions, but still usable. I have ordered NOS tubes and should be here by next week. The caps were the original Mallorys, they tested OK.
After turning it on and playing a few tunes through it we found that the reverb didn't work.
We found the souce of the problem and was easily fixed.
Almost finished, just need to re-install the reverb tank.
I've been using the Twin for almost 3 months now. It's a little overkill for my situation(i've been doing guitar lessons for 3 months), but it sounds absoloutely fantastic with my Tele. I play mostly through the Normal channel.
Here's a video I shot while my Twin was getting repaired.
This is a photo from 1985 of my father(on the right) playing through the Twin. He is playing a "Laouto". The man on the left is using a "Lira" and they are playing traditional music from the island of Crete, Greece.
I have a '69 SFTR in very good cond.NOS tubes,new baffle with new grill cloth,cover and casters installed.Great Amps.
Don't know why I didn't find this thread sooner. The SFTR is my dream amp, I wanted one for years, it makes ALL my guitars sound great.
Casino and SFTR, match made in heaven. What I play 90% of the time at home:
SFTR decembar `71
and I`m january `72. now searchig for a tele 71-73.
The Old Silverface
Interesting to see everyone's comments on the SFTR....much maligned, but I've never heard anyone have anything but praise for one if they ever played through one....well, everyone comments on the fact that it weighs as much as a small car.
Mine's a '74 or '75. Bought it in '77 and it was well used then. Gigged with it until 3 or 4 years ago using all my favorite guitars over the years....the Tennessean, the Les Paul and mostly a Strat in the last 10 years. I admit finally going the tweed deluxe route to avoid spinal injuries and go a little easier on the ears.
All original everything....tubes, caps, transformers, speakers. It's never missed a lick although I can see a cap job in its future. Best clean sound on earth but it's awfully loud if you want turn it up far enough to really drive it.
Oh, and the Master....I always tell everyone that if you want pure Twin Reverb tone, turn the master to 10 and manage the rest of the knobs like we did on the blackface TRs.
I had one from about '77 'til '95. I was really into Strats then,and didn't really like the lack of distortion. However, I took it to Don Wehr's in SF and the tech there measured it at 135 watts RMS.....that's LOUD! It was completely stock. Great clean sound!