When It Rains... or, Xmas Morning Redux

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by ArcticWhite, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. ArcticWhite

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    Over the weekend I picked up a free Silvertone reed organ with tube amp.

    Now look what followed me home yesterday. 20 bucks!
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    Mahogany case.

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    Mid-Sixties gold streamlined gorgeousness.

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    Silvertone Medalist, y'all. Can you even believe how cool Sears once was?

    I mean; Custom High Fidelity. Mono does not get any sexier than this baby.


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    Ah, yes.
    12ax7 preamp, pair of EL84s.
    Hammond Transformer.

    This thing is too beautiful too cut up. Not settled on what I'm going to do with it yet.

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    And no, please don't tell me to restore it as is.
    A. It's mono.
    B. The turntable sucks, and will ruin any decent vinyl you put on it.
    C. There are no speakers. It has a mono output. There is a stereo jack, but it requires a second mono amp.


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    Yup, I'd just find the input to the amp part and speaker out, put a 1/4" jack on both and see what it sounds like.
    ~of course I'm probably being naive~
     
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    Yeah it would not sound good. Tube amp record players usually have tone controls up front, before the the V1 grid, and they're tuned to reproduce deep bass tones - deeper than guitars can produce. They minimize distortion as well, where guitar amps benefit from harmonic distortion.
    And the input impedance is wrong as well.
    Last one I did, I just put in a 5e3 style tone stack and input jack. And clipped the NFB I think...
     
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    ...umm play records...
    Records need tubes. Nothing sounds better.
    Maybe an input for MP3 or cd's depending on your collection but a guitar amp out of this without any mods will be meh.

    Great find though! Save as much of the old stuff as you can. Even if you part it out that means it didn't end up in a landfill!!!

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    Yeah, I'm thinking about setting up as a smart phone or ipod player. The turntable is cool, but no bueno for using. I'll need some medium sized 70's speakers in mahogany...
     
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    I'm curious what you decide!
    As for tubes and solid state, I used to use an old Dynaco Mk II amp plugged into an EV floor monitor to run my MP3 player through, really sounded great!
    I have an old "Radio Corporation of America" radio/record player that I say someday I'll make a stealth "living room" guitar amplifier with. Looks like a couple of 6V6's through the back cover. It has a small speaker, but I'm thinking a 10" would fit nicely where the turntable now sits!
     
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    This is my living room setup.

    It was a Newcomb classroom record player. I added a gain stage and built an appropriate tone stack, and put a 10 inch vintage Jensen alnico in it.

    It has a pretty nice grind at low volume.

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    ^ Love this^

    Any use of the old stuff is a good use.

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    Gorgeous. I'm living in the wrong neighborhood.

    I agree, too beautiful to cut this cabinet up. That turntable pocket looks like a nice size for a small speaker. I'm thinking of like a hinge and catch arrangement where you open the top and tip up the speaker 45 degrees for playing. You could even put some tolex covering on the back of the speaker baffle (or just under the grill cloth) like an accordion shroud so no one sees the back of the speaker cone. Maybe in the spirit of an old gramophone speaker. Very cool.

    Beautiful.
     
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    I was thinking along those lines, but it is too large and heavy to make a portable combo amp out of. It's about 36 inches wide 18 deep, and mahogany, so I would not want to carry it anywhere.
    Frankly, it's a bit of a white elephant.

    I found out the guy I bought it from sold the speaker to someone else, because he is an idiot.
    I currently have three ads in Craigslist trying to reunite the setup. No reply yet.

    Here's what it looked like.

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    Ahhh, got it. So that's part of a larger piece of living room furniture? Too cool.
     
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    We must shop the same CL...

    Good luck re-uniting them.

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