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  • So I bought a 5150 Block Letter head for dirt cheap, now what?

    My friends been trying to get rid of this head for a year or more cause he doesn't play anymore and is into fixie (stupid) bikes now. It's old, a little beat up and probably needs all new tubes. He sold it to me for dirt cheap, and now I need to know what to do to get this amp back up to snuff. Should I take the whole thing to a tech and pour another bunch of money into this amp that I'm not entirely sure I like yet? I'm looking for a real aggressive rock tone out it, definitely short of the metal territory that this amp is known for.
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  • #2
    Bring it to a tech, have him look at it, get a quote. If you don't like the quote, walk out and flip the amp.

    It will do hard rock with ease. They aren't one trick ponies.
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    • #3
      I think they're one trick ponies, but it's a hell of a trick. The 5150 has a distinct tone and load of gain but it's amazing for anything rock/metal.
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      • #4
        I think they're one trick ponies, but it's a hell of a trick.


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        • #5
          My friends been trying to get rid of this head for a year or more cause he doesn't play anymore and is into fixie (stupid) bikes now. It's old, a little beat up and probably needs all new tubes. He sold it to me for dirt cheap, and now I need to know what to do to get this amp back up to snuff. Should I take the whole thing to a tech and pour another bunch of money into this amp that I'm not entirely sure I like yet? I'm looking for a real aggressive rock tone out it, definitely short of the metal territory that this amp is known for.


          You could sell it to me
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          • #6
            Honestly, you can go all the way down from metal gain roar to classic rock crunch if you know how to spin the knobs on the block letters. I had one for a while and really liked the crunch mode engaged with the gain around 2-3, bass low, mids high for more rock oriented tone. Hit it with a hot pickup and it just rips with the volume up a bit.

            'Course, mine spent more time in br00tz territory, but that's sort of my home range. Doesn't mean they can't cover a lot of other ground. It's mostly a loud bitch though. While they sound OK at low volumes, everything gets better louder.
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            • #7
              Bring it to a tech, have him look at it, get a quote. If you don't like the quote, walk out and flip the amp.

              It will do hard rock with ease. They aren't one trick ponies.

              This. A tech should be willing to at least look at it for fairly cheap.
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              • #8
                "So I bought a 5150 Block Letter head for dirt cheap, now what?"



                1. exit hcaf

                2. play it
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                • #9
                  Have sex with it.
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                  • #10
                    Well, all you gotta do is:
                    1. Ask what is the best speaker fo 5150
                    2.Ask what is the best cab for 5150
                    3.Ask about pre and power tubes (prompt:"JJ are dark sounding", "Tung-sol in V1" or "C9 generation")
                    4.You need to find what is (in order) V4 V3 V5 V2 V1 and what they do
                    5.Then you can believe or not in "balanced in PI"
                    6.You should do a bias mod (minimum)
                    7.You need to know who is JFA or VooDoo
                    8. Ask what is the best booster for 5150
                    9.YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO JOIN TO 5150 CREW IN HERE
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                    • #11
                      Play it and see how it sounds. If it sounds good to you then just play it and dont worry about it

                      If that doesnt work you then get a hold of ValveQueen and order some tubes.

                      If that doesnt work take it to a tech and have a simple bias mod done (very inexpensive). You can do it yourself if youre handy with a soldering gun (less than $10)

                      If that doesnt work for you then sell it and move along
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                      • #12
                        My friends been trying to get rid of this head for a year or more cause he doesn't play anymore and is into fixie (stupid) bikes now. It's old, a little beat up and probably needs all new tubes. He sold it to me for dirt cheap, and now I need to know what to do to get this amp back up to snuff. Should I take the whole thing to a tech and pour another bunch of money into this amp that I'm not entirely sure I like yet? I'm looking for a real aggressive rock tone out it, definitely short of the metal territory that this amp is known for.


                        What's wrong with it? If it's working and sounding good, just play the damn thing. I've bought some old Peaveys, including BLs that came with the original tubes and they were fine.
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                        • #13
                          What's wrong with it? If it's working and sounding good, just play the damn thing.


                          Yup.
                          A friend of mine bought one & wanted my tech buddy to look at it.
                          Talked to "Tech Man" about it,he said just to call him if/when it starts acting up...
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                          • #14
                            What's wrong with it? If it's working and sounding good, just play the damn thing. I've bought some old Peaveys, including BLs that came with the original tubes and they were fine.




                            do you get the same feeling that the OP has yet to play the amp?
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                            • #15
                              do you get the same feeling that the OP has yet to play the amp?


                              yep
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