You never know what you'll find when you open up a vintage amp...

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  1. TNO

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    I picked up a 1960 Gibson GA-14 on Craigslist a while back in non-functional condition. Opened it up today to service it with new filters and a grounded cord. I've worked on a bunch of these over the years. This one had never been opened up but a huge mess greeted me when I took off the back panel.
    GA-14 before.jpg GA-14 before2.jpg

    I had the stray thought that it looked like the ancient remains of someone's stash. Then I started finding these:
    GA-14 seeds.jpg

    Yep, hemp seeds :)
     
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    That's hilarious. Musicians.
     
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    and mouse turds.....was that thing out by the garbage bins?
     
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    I once had a family of mice embed into the air filter of my KTM dirtbike over winter. It looked a lot like that.

    Caveat: don't taste it. Jus' sayin'.
     
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    I under stand that mice have a higher frequency feed back noise when you fry them as you turn the standby switch off, and the amp smells like burned hotdogs wrapped in bacon
     
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    You may have already done it, but be careful vacuuming that - some rodent droppings have nasty viruses when they've been eating bird droppings. Facemask a good idea.
     
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    The stash was nearby, the mouse raided it for the seeds. It happened to a friend. I told him to trash the remainder because of Hanta virus possiblity, but he didn t w no ill effects. I ve heard of people getting it from vacuuming , but I think that was a fresh droppings situation.
     
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    the antidote is in your avatar! Just kidding!:lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::D
     
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    When I was a kid, my mom's Plymouth Valiant would occasionally launch bird seed out of the dashboard defroster vents when we turned the heater fan on. It would hit the windsheld and bounce off into our faces. I figured some mouse was raiding the bags of birdseed in the garage and then (for some unknown reason) climbing up a tire, through the engine compartment, and into the heater intake where it stashed seed and probably lived. One day the heater started to stink and after that the seed launching stopped.
     
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    Those things that look like mouse turds are way smaller pieces of stem. So the silver lining is no Hunta virus. I used half a can of compressed air blowing this thing out. The circuit is basically a tweed Harvard with cathode bias on the 6V6s. Worth the effort I hope.
     
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    Is it only me, but I think I see jimmy hofa in there too.
     
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    "Some unknown reason" is the heat off the engine block, in the winter. We get problems with mouse nesting fluff crapping up our intakes every year if I don't carefully seal the birdseed containers I keep in the garage.
     
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    I hate those meeses to pieces!
     
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    Chipmunks eating the wiring in my truck cost me a lot of money.
    The little ****ers, I feed all comers too.
     
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    There is a problem with new Toyotas right now with wiring that has soy based insulation and is very tasty to rodents. A friend has a new Tundra and Toyota is basically going to wrap the wiring harnesses with a cover to protect them.
     
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    In the day, I knew a kid with a 69 mustang that had seeds growing under the backseat. Spindly things wrapped around the springs. "But officer, they're not mine!"
     
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    The long time local mechanic knows just where to look for pack rat, chipmunk and mice nests depending on Year and model of vehicle. A lot of them get towed in during early spring if they are not driven during the winter.:lol:
     
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    A buddy of mine fired up his Porsche race car after winter storage and pureed mouse family and mouse **** blew out the straight pipes. He stuffed the pipes with nylons filled with mothballs after that....
     
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