Twin Reverb Vs. Deluxe Reverb

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  1. rdadrgonz

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    FYI from a fellow 65 RI Twin owner

    I bought a 65 Ri Twin 5 years or so ago and struggled with it for a while because of the power issue. I did a ton of research on Hot Plates, power reducers, installing a 1/2 power switch. I'm still looking into the switch. The thing is the speakers can handle anything from 4ohms to 16ohms so I simply pulled the two outside power tubes. The power attuater guys don't want you to know this. I happen to be an electrocs tech. This dropped the amp to somewhere around 40 watts and now it sounds brilliant at 3. It has the warmth that I used to not get unless I put it at 7 which, as you probably know will make your ears bleed. I have been running it this way for almost 2 years with no problem. I've also heard you can wire the speakers in series if you get speaker buzz but I have'nt had that issue. After reading all the stuff about the DR and the Twin I thought I'd put my 2 cents in. This is for all of us that love the Twin sound but don't want to break the windows at home practicing. I was on the verge of selling it when I tried this and now I wouldn't give it up. I two paid $1150 out the door and am surprised by the new $1800 price tag. Anyway good luck.
     
  2. bigm27

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    MusiciansFriend has it alot cheaper than that - something like $1300
     
  3. fuzzbox

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    Get a Super Reverb (BF,SF, or RI) and be done with it. Great cleans, takes pedal well, is lighter than a Twin, more power than a DR. Mine sounds fantastic at all volumes. A tubescreamer-type od pedal for extra crunch and you're good to go. I play all types of music in all types of venues and I never have to worry about being outgunned with my trusty SRRI. Handtrucks are recommended though!
     
  4. Inventour

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    Here are some pics of my 1965 DR and my 1966 TR.



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    Very Nice Amp:)
     
  6. fauxsuper

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    What a long, strange trip it's been-------------------------

    This thread has had an interesting history. It starts in 2008, but by spring 2009 the OP has BOTH of the amps mentioned. The thread gets resurected this morning by fuzzbox who informs the OP that he should get a Super Reveb and be done with it, and you can see the rest.:p Look how many views this thread has. Anything that has controversy potential gets a lot of lookieloos.
     
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  7. anacephalic

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    Up front, i have a big ole loud 2x12 Z and it mostly sets but it does things that say never sell me you will regret it for a long long time. I have a little ole Victoria that i haul everywhere. Never will sell that one either.

    on to the fenders.

    Blues Jr. I tried, I don't get it, never will,

    DRRI Nice little plug and play amp. light weight. decent tone. Nothing to write home about but no complaints at all. Could own one and live with it but the choice between a DRRI and a victoria (and it was one i worked on for a day or two) was not a choice even at 2.5 times the cost.

    Twin. Does what it does and does it well. Do you want piano like low notes out of your tele...twin time. There is a guy around town that uses a twin to stellar effect in small rooms. If you know how to use it it ain't to loud. As a pedal platform it excells. Not sure how a Blues Jr could even be considered for such duty. I saw a rock 80's-90's cover band the other day where the guitar player was using a twin in a dual showman type head cab with a 4x12 mesa bottom and a slew of pedals. Got about every tone under the sun and sounded great. The amp's job was to be loud and not monkey with the pedals...worked spectacularly. Robben Ford has mentioned that where there ain't no Dumble around a Twin is a nice fall back. Put a zen drive in front of it and away you go.

    Someone up there a ways mentioned a silver face super. wonnnnnderrrful amps, probably my favorite Fender amp.
     
  8. old goat

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    I don't own either but I heard Chris Miller playing with Dave Alvin the other night--a room with a few hundred folks (packed in like sardines). He was playing a tele through a TR and sounded great. I didn't get a chance to see what pedals he was using. I thought his tone was a lot fuller and crisper than Dave Alvin's, playing through a Concert. There's no one like Dave Alvin though. The point is--the amp sounded fine in a fairly small room, although they were playing loud. Dave was mic'd, Chris was not, as I recall.
     
  9. Beachbum

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    About 3 years ago I went shopping for a TRRI. I had wanted a Twin since I was a kid. However, considering the weight and my age (62) I made the mistake of buying the DRRI intead. I kept it for a little over a week and found it to be a terrific amp just not for me. I couldn't get past it breaking up at around 4. It didn't take me long to realize that you can always add dirt but unless you are somewhat of a mod guru you can't add headroom. I returned the DRRI for a TRRI and never regretted it.

    As far as the weight issue goes I have come to the conclusion that there are really only two main issues that us old guitar players face and the good news is that Viagra and an amp cart can easily solve both of them. I worked construction all of my life lifting things far heavier than my Twin when I would rather have been doing something else. The idea of you young guys not having the energy or will power to lift 65 lbs. onto an amp cart to do something you truly love just doesn't make sense to me.
     
  10. Durtdog

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    +1, well said.
    I've never really understood that either.
     
  11. Ricky D.

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  12. lumco

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    I will take a Twin Reverb anyday of the week over any other amp made. Covers it all and covers it well.. Weight? means nothing.. a total imagination. Every guitar player worth the salt should own one at least once in their life..
     
  13. Surfzombie

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    I have played Deluxe Reverbs for years in a bar, being polite, not playing too loud, getting nice tone, the amp is light, sounds good and all that jazz. The problem is I'm always the polite guy in the background. Looking for a Twin. Twin has that big full beefy sound, killer trem, deep deep reverb, much more headroom, more punch, less mush. A twin will cut through and tickle people's ears. Man up and haul the big boy amp is my advice. Have also started using a vintage Marshall 1/23 stack. I am a little bugger and I can haul that stack all by myself in and out of small bars. I'm sick of being nice, I'm going for blood
     
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    1/2 stack that is/was. Yes, used '60's Deluxe Reverbs from the 80's on, fantastic logical amp. Ran a Twin from '94-'99 and man it was nice sounding though the baffle was disintigrating and tolex was ripped up (it was from '69). I'm going back to the Twin as soon as I can find a good deal. Will get some Webers, re-tube, maybe some other mods.
     
  15. Surfzombie

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    I agree with Ricky D, we can haul some amps boys! Let's go rock!
     
  16. Surfzombie

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    How do the gold speakers sound? Are they Celestions? Sure they are. What other speakers do you guys try in Twin Reverbs?
     
  17. Beachbum

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    I agree. I'm 64 now and worked construction all my life lifting heavy objects to accomplish something I would rather have not been doing. I guess I can still haul my Twin around to accomplish something that gives me nothing but pure pleasure.
     
  18. RockerDuck

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    I have a DRRI and a TRRI and several more amps. I take my TRRI to all my outside gigs now, as well as some lower volume inside gigs. The TRRI has the sound and doesn't weigh that much to me. I have wheels on it and roll it.
     
  19. Rusty

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    1/23 stack? Is that one of those pocket-sized Marshalls that runs on batteries?!? ;)

    www.rustyanderson.net
     
  20. sagaci

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    TRRI is noticeably heavier than the DRRI, from experience. Weight is the only thing I prefer on the DRRI vs. TRRI.
     
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