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

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  1. LudwigvonBirk

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    Dust mask, nylon paint brush to loosen stuff up, then shopvac it with a small nozzle from multiple angles under a bright tensor (adjustable
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    Or alternatively, start by blasting it with compressed air and breath some of the airborn particulates instantly, a big % of the rest over the duration of your residence in that space.
     
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    I don't think it could be from meeces because I'm not sure they could get in there when the chassis is mounted.
     
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    When I cracked open my '58 Twin, it had mouse turds in the bottom of the chassis. The guy I bought it from had had it in the garage for years. I was pretty careful about pulling it out with the shop vac. But, your mess is much funnier and more interesting!
     
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    What? There's DEA agents knocking on your front door now?
     
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    There was no mouse poop, just plant matter mixed with spider webs. I blew it out outside to be safe. Didn't wear a hazmat suit, so it is what it is.
    The other clue is that there was a lead from the preamp filter cap that was detached from the circuit strip. I'm guessing someone shoved a hard object filled with weed in there to hide it, broke the amp and spilled some when they later retrieved it.
     
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    I thought that amp fried out..rsrs
    vintage amps is always a archaeological excavation
     
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    Fixt.
     
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    No need for a Rat pedal!
     
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    An Amp that really gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling....allegedly...
     
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    After a lot of cleanup, checking that my vaccines are up to date, and a cap and cord job the amp works. Had a lot of hum until I moved the ground point of the PT center tap. Quiet now and sounds great.
     
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    That one picture with the cracked open seeds and the blackened 'rice', that's your mice. Glad you got it all cleaned out. Mice tend to urinate constantly so there are a lot of dried salts to conduct with moisture later in the worst case and in the best case speed corrosion of the steel like a salty winter car. How much might the cotton wrapped push-back wiring contain?

    You'll have to show finished pictures as you get it going again!

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    Must’be belonged to Willie Nelson.
     
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    I had a mouse living in the house last year. One morning I discovered the 335 filled with bird seed and dog food. That's when I went to the kill trap instead of catch and release!
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    Problem solved.

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    Those whacky Gibson players!

    I brought home an old wind up factory time clock from my mother-in-laws attic. When I opened it up and removed the clockworks, I small found a pile of fur and dog food morsels in the corner of the cabinet. I noticed it was moving, and on closer inspection realized it was a bunch of maggots feeding on the remains of a long-dead rodent and the dog food.
    I ran the cabinet outside and dumped it out in the snow, and then proceeded to gag and vomit. The cabinet wasn;t allowed back inside until it had had a thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
     
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